2013 Lincoln MKT 4dr Wgn 3.7L FWDNew Search Select Other Trims
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- Fuel Economy:
17 MPG city / 25 MPG hwy
Gas V6, 3.7L/227
300 hp @ 6500 rpm
2013 Lincoln MKT 4dr Wgn 3.7L FWD User Reviews
Better than a MinivanBy Matt (I am an Owner), Apr. 19, 2013I bought this vehicle to replace my Ford Freestar. It is way better than a minivan and I like the cool looks of it compared to the Grand Caravan.
Space is great, the ride is comfy and the power fro... more
2013 Lincoln MKT OverviewThe 2013 Lincoln MKT is essentially offered in just two models: one with front-wheel drive, and the other with all-wheel drive. Opt for the front-wheel-drive model, the base engine is a 300-horsepower, 3.7L V6, making 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine benefits from Ford's Ti-VCT (variable cam timing) system, for improved torque and efficiency through most of the rev range, and it returns an EPA-rated 17 mpg city, 25 highway. Go with all-wheel drive, and you'll get the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, with turbocharging and direct injection, making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
In either case, the MKT comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, including a SelectShift full-manual mode and steering-wheel paddle-shifters. The all-wheel drive system sends power only to the front wheels during most driving, yet in as little as 16 milliseconds it can send power as needed to the rear wheels.
New to the MKT for 2013 is Continuously Controlled Damping, a system that employs computer controls and a special damper design to adjust damper force in as little as 11 milliseconds--for a change in surface, or for a more substantial upheaval like a pothole or railroad tracks. The system also provides more confident handling, firming up when needed and helping moderate body roll.
That system functions hand-in-hand with Lincoln Drive Control, a system that lets the driver choose--through Normal, Comfort, or Sport modes--the way in which the steering responds, how sensitive the throttle response is, ride firmness and other aspects. In addition, the steering ratio has been quickened, both to make the MKT feel more nimble and match the benefits of the system.
The MKT remains built on car-based underpinnings, and it drives more like a sedan than an SUV. With three rows of seating--in 6- or 7-passenger configurations--it provides top-notch accommodations for those in the front two rows, along with a third row that's great for kids. Second-row heated-and-cooled seats are available, and a long Panoramic Vista Roof brightens the interior for all. Plus, thanks to long rear doors, it's relatively easy to get back to the third row (mind those doors for parking, however).
MyLincoln Touch, a screen-based interface that can be controlled through touch, voice, or steering-wheel toggles, has been added to the MKT for 2013. Its centerpiece is a huge 8-inch display top and center on the dash--providing a go-to operating center for entertainment, navigation and climate control--but there's also a set of smaller screens in front of the driver. The screen taps into either of the sound systems, including the standard 210-watt, 8-speaker system or the available 700-watt, 14-speaker THX II system, which adds a USB port, DVD player capability and HD Radio. With the navigation system, SiriusXM Traffic services add live-traffic information.
The MKT has a vast list of standard features, and it comes equipped better than many other luxury-brand vehicles. Power-adjustable pedals, power front seats, HID headlamps, LED taillights, rain-sensor wipers, fog lamps, remote start, tri-zone climate control, a universal garage-door opener and SecuriCode entry are all included. Options are limited to a Technology Package with more of those active-safety extras like adaptive cruise control and active park assist; a trailer-towing package; the Vista roof; heated-and-cooled second-row seats; and a rear DVD entertainment system, a second-row refrigerator console. Second-row inflatable seatbelts are a new option and might provide an added measure of protection.
For the first time, the MKT is being offered in limousine form. Look for limo versions, stretched by about 10 feet, to include extra legroom and interior luxuries, plus standard wi-fi capability and a rear-view camera system.
2013 Lincoln MKT Model Changes
For 2012, the Lincoln MKT gets a new Continuously Controlled Damping, a computer-controlled system that can adjust the firmness of the suspension 20 times per second and enables the MKT to corner better and also have a smoother ride. Also new is Lincoln Drive Control, a system that lets the driver tune the suspension, steering, and other vehicle responses; and the MKT gets a quicker steering ratio.
The standard engine in the MKT gets a 10-percent increase in horsepower for 2013, while its highway fuel efficiency actually goes up by one. Brakes have also been upgraded to match the extra engine power.
The MyLincoln Touch interface has also been added to the MKT's instrument panel, while second-row passengers get new inflatable seatbelts. Also, several new active-safety features add to the MKT's family appeal and, for the first time, the MKT is offered in a Town Car Livery and Limousine Edition for 2013.
2013 Lincoln MKT Value
The 2013 Lincoln MKT is a 3-row crossover utility vehicle, aimed at those who want a high level of luxury, as well as plenty of active safety and infotainment technology. According to Lincoln, the MKT has more standard horsepower than the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX, while returning significantly better mileage than both.
The MKT appeals to a wide range of family shoppers, including some who are looking for more of a performance feel, as well as others who are merely looking for a more luxurious minivan substitute, so with the new Continuously Controlled Damping and Drive Control systems introduced this year, drivers should be able to simply 'tune in' the attitude they want--Normal, Comfort or Sport.
For those who plan to use all three rows, the MKT remains one of the better picks on the market, with generous space for adults in the front two rows and a third row that even adults can access (and be okay with) for a trip across town.
2013 Lincoln MKT Strengths
Smooth ride; improved responsiveness; fuel efficiency compared to other 3-row SUVs; quiet, luxurious interior; active-safety and tech features
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