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2018 Lincoln MKT Review

The 2018 Lincoln MKT ranks near the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV class because of its poor gas mileage, small rear seats, and blasé interior. However, it does have solid safety scores and low projected ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious first- and second-row seats
  • Above-average cargo space
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Stale cabin design
  • Not all that agile




Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Lincoln MKT Overview

Is the 2018 Lincoln MKT a Good Used SUV?

The MKT is an OK used luxury midsize SUV. It serves as a relatively economical and practical option to more luxurious and better performing class rivals.

There are quite a few reasons to consider a 2018 MKT:

  • Above-average safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Lower list prices than class rivals
  • Low projected five-year ownership costs for the class
  • Two solid engine options
  • Long list of standard features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Good amount of cargo space

There are also a number of reasons to pass it up:

  • Dated cabin design
  • Cramped third-row seats
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Less athletic handling than rivals
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How Much Is the 2018 Lincoln MKT?

Based on listings for the 2018 Lincoln MKT on our site, the average price is $33,600. Prices range from $26,800 to $38,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location. The MKT has the lowest range of list prices among luxury midsize SUVs.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lincoln MKT Cost to Own?

The 2018 MKT’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $26,400, or $5,280 per year. That’s one of the lowest totals for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKT?

For 2019, all MKT models now come standard with a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive, which were previously optional in the 2018 MKT. A heated steering wheel, a THX II premium audio system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are standard for 2019 as well.

You'll likely spend less for a used 2018 MKT than a new 2019 Lincoln MKT. Just know that some used models are not as well-equipped as a new model. Pricing for the 2019 MKT starts at $49,500, which is a far cry from the 2018 MKT's range of $26,800 to $38,500.

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The 2018 MKT is nearly identical to both the 2016 MKT and 2017 MKT, and they're likely to be less expensive. MKT models from 2016 and later are better than previous versions. Lincoln introduced the SYNC 3 infotainment system for 2016, which replaced MyLincoln Touch. The MKT hasn't been fully redesigned since its introduction for the 2010 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lincoln MKT?

The 2018 Lincoln MKT has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lincoln MKT Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Lincoln MKT.

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Which Used Lincoln MKT Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lincoln MKT comes in two trims: Premiere and Reserve. Each has a unique powertrain, but you'll have to go with the Reserve if you want all-wheel drive and the stronger engine. The base trim has a solid list of standard features, including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a feature-rich infotainment system.

  • Lincoln MKT Premiere: The 2018 Lincoln MKT Premiere comes with a 303-horsepower V6 engine and front-wheel drive. Standard features include leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats, a second-row bench seat, heated second-row outboard seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SYNC 3 infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. The MKT also comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a power liftgate, second-row side-window sunshades, a household-style power outlet, a panoramic roof, a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey driver monitoring system, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Lincoln MKT Reserve: The MKT Reserve features a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 and standard all-wheel drive. Additional amenities include an adaptive suspension, navigation, HD Radio, a power-folding third row, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a heated steering wheel, and a 14-speaker THX II premium audio system. Available features include automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention monitoring, second-row heated and ventilated captain's chairs, a second-row refrigerated console, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKT?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lincoln MKT four out of five stars in the rollover test. The MKT earned the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The IIHS gave the MKT the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead, and it received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • MyKey (allows you to do things like set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • automatic parking assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • driver attention monitoring

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2018 Lincoln MKT Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln MKT or 2018 Lincoln MKX?

The 2018 Lincoln MKX is significantly better overall than the MKT. The MKX has a nicer cabin, thanks to a 2016 redesign. You can also find features in the MKX that you can't in the MKT, such as 22-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, a 19-speaker stereo, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view parking camera system. The MKX has a slight edge in overall performance, with better handling around corners. Both of these SUVs share the same standard V6 engine, though they offer different twin-turbocharged V6 variants. These Lincolns offer comparable cargo space, and both have good safety and predicted reliability ratings. The MKX only seats five, while the MKT holds up to seven. If that isn't a main deciding factor, maybe money will be. The 2015 MKT has lower list prices, on average, but the MKX is projected to cost you less in five-year ownership expenses.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln MKT or 2018 Acura MDX?

Despite its below-average predicted reliability rating, the 2018 Acura MDX ranks much higher than the MKT. The Acura offers well-rounded performance with engaging handling, a peppy V6 engine, and a plush ride. Like the MKT, it can seat up to seven, and it has a long list of standard infotainment features. With the MDX, you also get the AcuraWatch package of driver assistance technology as standard equipment. Because of its overall combination of quality and value, we named the MDX our 2018 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. It'll cost you more than the MKT, but if you have room in your budget and you can look past its predicted reliability rating, go for the MDX.

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2018 MKT Performance

How Does the 2018 Lincoln MKT Drive?

The 2018 Lincoln MKT comes standard with a naturally aspirated V6 engine that has enough pep for your daily commute. If you want more thrills when you hit the gas, consider the available twin-turbocharged V6. It delivers ample muscle for overtaking cars at high speeds or for pulling away quickly from a stop.

The MKT prioritizes relaxed cruising, with a smooth ride over most surfaces. However, there's noticeable body lean around corners. If you want a bit more athleticism and don't mind sacrificing some ride comfort, the MKT Reserve is a better choice. It comes with standard all-wheel drive for better road grip as well as an adaptive suspension that adjusts to road conditions. Still, those upgrades still don't make the MKT as athletic as many class rivals.

  • Base engine: 303-horsepower 3.7-liter V6
  • Available engine: 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic transmission
Does the 2018 Lincoln MKT Get Good Gas Mileage?

High horsepower figures translate to the MKT earning some of the lowest fuel economy numbers in the luxury midsize SUV class.

  • V6, FWD: 16/24 mpg city/highway
  • Twin-turbo V6, AWD: 15/21 mpg
2018 Lincoln MKT Towing Capacity

Properly equipped MKT models can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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2018 MKT Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 MKT Seat?

The three-row MKT seats up to seven people with the standard second-row bench seat, but you can find models with second-row captain's chairs that reduce the capacity to six. The first two rows of seats are comfortable and relaxing for long trips. The two third-row seats are fairly small. Like most luxury vehicles, the MKT's cabin is comfortable and upscale. However, the interior feels a bit antiquated, as this Lincoln hasn't been redesigned since its debut for the 2010 model year.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats
  • second-row bench seat
  • heated second-row outboard seats
  • second-row side-window sunshades
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Available seating features:

  • power-folding third row
  • heated steering wheel
  • second-row heated and ventilated captain's chairs
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lincoln MKT?

The 2018 MKT has complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and the third-row passenger-side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. Tether anchors are hard to find, and you also might mistake other hardware for the anchors. Some of the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats.

2018 Lincoln MKT Features

Lincoln's SYNC 3 infotainment system earns praise for its responsiveness. The large screen is easy to see and reach from the driver's seat. It also utilizes smartphonelike controls including swiping and pinching to zoom. Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration provide another user-friendly way to interact with the car.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, HD Radio, a 14-speaker THX II premium audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a household-style power outlet, and a panoramic roof
  • Other available features: a second-row refrigerated console

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2018 Lincoln MKT Dimensions

Lincoln MKT Cargo Space

The MKT has 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats. Fold those down, and you'll get 39.6 cubic feet. With all rear seats folded, the MKT offers a maximum cargo capacity of 75.9 cubic feet, which is pretty decent for a luxury midsize SUV.

Putting down all the seats results in a nearly flat floor, which makes it easy to haul a bunch of stuff. However, the car's sloping roofline cuts into usable space. A power liftgate is standard.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lincoln MKT Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,702 to 4,942 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lincoln MKT Built?

Ford Lincoln built the MKT in Canada.


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