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2019 Lincoln MKT Performance Review


Performance: 6.7

The 2019 Lincoln MKT features a powerful twin-turbo V6 engine, but this Lincoln doesn't handle as well as many rivals, and it isn’t particularly maneuverable in small spaces. Fuel economy is low for the class, but the ride feels smooth over most road surfaces.

  • "Although the 2015 Lincoln MKT is a large, three-row crossover (capable of seating six or seven, depending on how you equip it), its performance is pretty impressive, too." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "With the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the 2015 Lincoln MKT may surprise you with its get-up-and-go. Once at speed, the big 3-row SUV cruises quietly at a relaxed pace, especially when equipped with the available adaptive cruise control." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • The driving dynamics don't stand up to a BMW, but they're on par with a Lexus." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The MKT features a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 365 horsepower. It’s paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is a good match for the MKT. It delivers plenty of power and reliable acceleration, making the Lincoln feel quick in a variety of situations.

The downside to that power is that the MKT gets worse gas mileage than almost every competitor. It earns an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

  • The turbocharged V6 has plenty of grunt for passing, and the Reserve's exclusive adaptive suspension improves this big wagon's agility without degrading ride quality." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Lincoln's excellent 6-speed automatic transmission delivers quick shifts when asked and can be manually controlled via a set of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • The EcoBoost V6 with its 365 hp is the right engine for this vehicle." -- Autotrader (2014)

Handling and Braking

Previous MKT models came with front-wheel drive as the base configuration, but all-wheel drive comes standard with the 2019 MKT. Even with AWD, this Lincoln isn't much of a handling dynamo. There's a lot of body lean when taking turns; rivals are more agile. On the bright side, the ride is generally smooth and the brakes are strong. However, tight quarters can pose problems because of the MKT's limited maneuverability.

  • On the open road, the MKT cruises effortlessly, returning a very comfortable ride, good feedback from the nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. Base trims display a good degree of lean in the curves, but the … MKT with all-wheel drive (AWD) includes Lincoln Drive Control, which firms things up considerably. LDC features settings for Sport, Comfort and Normal throttle modes, but we were hard-pressed to feel that much of a difference among them." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Likewise, you don't need the adaptive suspension … to enjoy a comfortable ride around town or during interstate cruising. The base MKT's suspension is pleasantly controlled, although this big crossover will lean considerably if you're turning sharply or at higher speeds. … The only place the MKT feels out of place is in tight parking lots because of its considerable length." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Lincoln Drive Control refines the driving experience with a more balanced ride and handling equation, intuitively responding to driver inputs and road surface variables." -- Autotrader (2014)
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2019 Lincoln MKT

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