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2017 Lincoln MKT Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lincoln MKT was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

Lincoln uses high-quality materials and excellent sound insulation to help make the 2017 MKT a comfortable cruiser. A long list of standard and available features also helps – especially uncommon add-ons like a second-row refrigerated console and a THX II certified audio system. There are a slew of available driver assistance features to keep you safe out on the road. Seating is comfortable in the first two rows, but headroom is lacking in the third row. You'll have plenty of cargo space compared to most others in the class.

  • "In addition to its long list of features, the MKT has high-quality cabin materials that include real wood accents and supple leather. It's also a very quiet cabin thanks to double-paned front windows and heavy insulation." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "We keep mentioning the difference between the interior and exterior styling, but it's true: The interior is as comfortable and pleasant as the exterior is awkward. Clever touches include an available refrigerator you can put between the 2nd-row seats, and 3rd-row seats that can flip and face backward for tailgating." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The MKT's interior surprised us with its materials quality, including gorgeous hazelnut-colored leather, brown wood, and a deep gray center stack." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Seating

The MKT seats seven people on standard leather upholstery. Heated and power-adjustable front seats also come standard. Comfort is on par with other luxury SUVs with three rows, and there's plenty of space in the first and second rows. You have an option of getting either a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs. The captain’s chairs decrease total seating capacity from seven to six. Both configurations are equally comfortable. Headroom in the third row is lacking due to the MKT's pitched roofline. Only shorter adults or children will want to sit back there.

  • "The 2017 Lincoln MKT offers a spacious and comfortable interior that's right in line with other large 3-row luxury SUVs. Front- and middle-row passengers get plenty of room, and there's enough room in the third row for smaller adults. Two comfortable captain's chairs replace the 2nd-row bench in 6-passenger models …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even though the MKT provides a good value and a coddling ride for passengers, there are a few areas where it lags behind the competition. Third-row space is one such area, which is surprising given that the MKT is more than a foot longer than the Acura MDX. Due to the downward-sloping roof, headroom in the third row is tight, especially compared to the second row." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "… the cabin is near whisper quiet." -- Autotrader (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button and remote start, a fixed-glass panoramic roof, a keyless entry keypad, power-adjustable pedals, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and MyKey, which allows you to set speed and audio volume limits for others who drive your vehicle. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with a 10-speaker audio system, a touch screen, satellite radio, two USB ports, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

You also have access to a host of optional features, including a 14-speaker THX II certified audio system, HD Radio, navigation, a power panoramic sunroof, proximity key, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, assisted pre-collision braking, active park assist, and lane keep assist.

The MKT's modern features match its chic interior design, but you won't get lost. Instruments and controls are easy to work with. You can customize the gauge cluster to your liking, and it doesn't appear as busy as in some other luxury SUVs. SYNC 3 is easier to use than the MyLincoln Touch system previously offered in the MKT, and it recognizes smartphonelike gestures such as pinching and zooming.

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  • "Lincoln's MKT for 2017 may be stylistically awkward on the outside, but its interior is to die for. Handsome seats and door panels complement an easy-to-operate dash and control layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In front of the driver is Lincoln's clear and brilliant gauge cluster, which features a central speedometer flanked by configurable screens that allow you to choose multiple information modes and displays. It's all efficiently presented and premium in appearance, even if the setup doesn't provide the exhaustive detail that the systems in some rivals deliver." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "… the MKT does provide a long list of standard luxury features in addition to a comfortable and spacious interior." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Cargo

You'll have 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind all three rows of seats, which is enough room for about five large suitcases. That space expands to 39.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and 75.9 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded. This is more space than you get in the majority of luxury midsize SUVs.

The MKT's sloping roofline cuts into the cargo area a bit, which affects its usability in some situations. However, you'll have a flat load floor to work with, so it should be easy to slide in large, bulky items. A power liftgate comes standard. A power-folding third-row seat and a second-row refrigerated console are available.

  • "Folding the 2nd- and 3rd-row seatbacks quickly expands the already generous cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo area is also less useful, as the stylized hatch profile cuts back on your ability to haul bulky items, especially compared to the boxy Flex." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "With all seats folded there is a long, flat load floor with generous cargo room." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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