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2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost Review

Large Luxe Crossover

A three-quarter front view of a black 2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost

In short: A roomy and well-equipped crossover SUV.

With the recent unveiling of a reinvigorated MKS sports sedan, Lincoln sent out a clear message to the auto world that it wasn't afraid to show some teeth. However, with the new MKT EcoBoost, a powerful and aggressively styled crossover SUV, they seem to be conveying that message a bit too literally. Boasting T. Rex-like looks and an exaggerated, toothy take on the classic Lincoln grill, the MKT EcoBoost's exterior appearance can perhaps best be described as prehistoric chic. Aesthetics aside, this bizarre body design also makes rear visibility a real problem—one that is, thankfully, somewhat alleviated by the optional blind spot monitoring system. However, if you can get past the MKT's bold looks, you will find that this sizeable yet sporty crossover has some serious bite to its bark. Loaded with the same twin-turbocharged V6 engine as the MKS EcoBoost, the MKT literally roars down the road, reaching the 60 mph mark in an impressive 6.3 seconds—not bad at all for a car that tips the scale at just over two-and-a-half tons.

While the MKT EcoBoost may look like something straight out of the Jurassic period, the carnivorous-looking crossover takes its interior design cues from the 21st century and beyond. Utilizing innovative and intuitive technology such as a voice-activated navigation system, heated and cooled front and second row seats, and keyless entry and ignition, the MKT offers a luxury touch that only sometimes feels slightly gimmicky (a second row ice box, really?). The third row seating is an enticing option not found on many crossovers, and is great for stuffing in pint-sized soccer players; however, things get a little more complicated—and cramped—when dealing with adults.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile roadside assistance; complimentary scheduled maintenance for 12 months/12,000 miles

Base Price: $49,200 / As tested: $57,970

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 6-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin turbo V6 engine
Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Curb weight:
5,018 lbs
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 207.6/76/67.4 in
Turning circle: 40.7 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS; brake assist; electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link independent rear suspension with stamped steel lower control arm; front and rear coil springs and stabilizer bars

Traction: intelligent all-wheel drive; AdvanceTrac with roll stability control

6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 134 mph (governor limited)

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; front seat-mounted side impact airbags; side curtain airbags with safety canopy rollover sensor

Likes: luxury; performance; comfort; technology

Dislikes: rear visibility; gas mileage; lack of lighting in cargo area


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