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2014 Lincoln MKT

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/12/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

After a substantial refresh in 2013, the Lincoln MKT is unchanged for 2014. Last year, the MKT's exterior took on a whole new look with a new front fascia and grille. A new three-mode (Normal, Comfort, Sport) Lincoln Drive Control with Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension is standard with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Front-drive MKTs are powered by a 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 with 275 lb-ft of torque, while the all-wheel-drive model is powered by the 365-hp, 350 lb-ft twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Non-turbo models are EPA-rated 17/25 mpg city/highway, while the EcoBoost model earns a 16/23 mpg rating. An MKT Livery model is powered by a 235-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 with front-drive and the 3.7-liter V-6 in all-wheel-drive versions. Four-cylinder livery models are EPA-rated 20/28 mpg, while the V-6 is rated 17/24 mpg.

In our First Test of a 2010 MKT EcoBoost (before Lincoln Drive Control and CCD), we said, "While it may be generous to call the MKT's handling simply 'indifferent,' our EcoBoost-equipped version's acceleration and stopping can be described as 'exciting'. Exciting in the good sense when you drop the hammer and the twin turbo, direct injection V6 begins to unreel its 355 horsepower through the standard 6-speed transmission and AWD system. This is a quick car for two and a half tons, zipping to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds."

The Lincoln MKT received a freshened front end design last year. The three-row MKT crossover and MKS sedan introduced the three-mode Lincoln Drive Control with Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), which adjusts dampening 20 to 50 times a second. Other 2013 updates include a power bump for the 3.7-liter engine (+32 hp, +27 lb-ft), recalibrated steering ratio, larger brakes, a Lane Keeping System with Lane Keeping Aid, and revised MyLincoln Touch with larger screen and improved voice interface powered by Nuance. The 2014 Lincoln MKT three-row crossover hasn't been tested by NHTSA or evaluated by the IIHS, though the 2013 MKT is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

New for 2014

The 2014 Lincoln MKT carries on unchanged, though the three-row luxury crossover's 3.7-liter V-6 got a power increase in 2013 as well as an adjustable suspension, revised steering, larger brakes, more safety tech, and revised infotainment system.

You'll Like

  • Powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • New three-mode suspension
  • Lots of safety tech

You Won't Like

  • Being mistaken for an airport chauffer
  • Odd styling

Key Competitors

  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Buick Enclave
  • Infiniti QX60
  • Lexus GX
  • Acura MDX

Sum Up

3 star The Town Car of crossovers


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