2018 Lincoln MKT

in Midsize wagons
2018 MODEL

$43,530 - $49,025




Looks can deceive but such is not the case with 2018 Lincoln MKT as it looks bland and you will definitely not buy it for its looks. Its antiquated overall design holds it back from being a top luxury crossover, and, we know the reason. The MKT shares its chassis and engine with the Ford Flex. Both these SUVs have been in the market for more than seven years but there has been no significant change in their design.

Forget the appearance part and the MKT impresses with seating for seven, plenty of cargo space and a smooth ride making it a great passenger hauler. Lincoln has offered two trims and two powerful V-6 engines to choose from. The base Premium is mated to a 3.7-liter V-6 while the Reserve gets a more powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The Lincoln has its share of flaws as well. It gets poor mileage, outdated interior and maneuvering this large mass is also a difficulty in tight places. So, if you are in the market shopping for a three-row luxury SUV then you would even be happier with any of MKTs rivals. Prices for this Lincoln luxury start at $43,530 for the base and $49,025 for the top trim Reserve.

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Spacious first and second row

Comfortable seats

A Powerful Turbocharged V-6 engine provides strong acceleration


Fuel guzzler

Bland styling

Average cargo space

Tight rear headroom

Many safety features are optional

What's New?

No major changes


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Wagon

passenger capacity


top speed

127 mph



engine type


227 cu. in.


303 hp @ 6500 rpm


278 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


6-speed automatic


brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes



117.9 in.


207.6 in.


76 in.


67.4 in.

curb weight

4702 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.


passenger volume

142.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

17.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

14100 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy


16/19/24 mpg

highway range

446.4 mi.


basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance



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White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Variant Name


 2018 Lincoln MKT Premiere


Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7


Premiere 4dr Wagon (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Seating: 7 HP: 303-hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 278 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(16/19/24)

 2018 Lincoln MKT Reserve


Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 7


Reserve 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Seating: 7 HP: 365-hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 350 lbs.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG(15/17/21)

Expert Review

CARHP Editorial October 23, 2018


Overall Rating





Fuel Economy






The Lincoln has its share of flaws as well. It gets poor mileage, outdated interior and maneuvering this large mass is also a difficulty in tight places. So, if you are in the market shopping for a three-row luxury SUV then you would even be happier with any of MKTs rivals. Prices for this Lincoln luxury start at $43,530 for the base and $49,025 for the top trim Reserve.



The 2018 Lincoln MKT is a full-size luxury SUV with three-row seating. There is not much to choose from as Lincoln has offered only two trim options. The base Premier does not have much to offer beyond some standard features. You get many of the high-end features only in the Reserve trim which is priced $5,500 above the base. The MKT can accommodate seven but optional second-row captains chairs reduce the capacity to six.

Both the trims come with separate engine options. The base Premier trim gets 3.7-liter V-6 while the Reserve trim gets a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on both the trims.

Trims Premier Reserve
MSRP $43,530 $49,025

Standard Features

Features on the Premier Trims Plus -

3.7L Ti-VCT Engine

3.5L Twin-Turbocharged V6 Engine

SYNC 3 Infotainment System 

MKT Elite Equipment Group

Leather Seating, First- & Second-rows

Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)

Remote Start System Adaptive Suspension

We Recommend

There are only two trims to choose from and we already know that the base Premier trim has not much to offer. That leaves us with only one option the Reserve trim, however, a fully loaded Reserve will cost you $13,000 extra over Premier. But if you are looking at the Lincoln MKT, this is the trim to go as it offers a zesty turbocharged V-6 which accelerates quickly while hauling passengers or towing. It also comes with adaptive suspension and standard all-wheel drive. This leaves us with the Reserve’s optional packages as they add most of the MKT’s advanced driver safety aid and it is up to you whether you want them equipped or not. We would say get these too.



"The base MKT's acceleration is underwhelming. We prefer the stronger power and more buttoned-down feel of the MKT Reserve. 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

The base MKT is mated to a 303-horsepower V-6 engine which has ample power for daily commute and to satisfy most drivers. You get more power out of the Reserve trim as it comes with a turbocharged 365-horsepower V-6. It accelerates quick and you will feel the power difference when you hit the pedal. Mileage is subpar when compared to rivals and there is noticeable body roll around turns.

Engine and Transmission

In the two engine options, you get a 3.7-liter V-6 engine which is standard on the base trim. It churns out 303- horsepower and 278-pound-feet of torque and comes mated to front-wheel drive only. A 3.5-liter V-6 engine standard on Reserve trim gets you 365-horsepower and 350-pound-feet of torque and comes with all-wheel drive. Both the engines use a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly despite being a couple of gears down as compared to rivals.

Models Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX (Standard) Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
MSRP $43,530 $44,200 $43,270 $46,900
Engine 3.7-liter Ti-VCT 24-valve V6 engine 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V VVT engine 2.0L DOHC inline 4 engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Power 303 hp 290 hp 295 hp 250 hp
Torque 279 lb-ft. 267 lb-ft. 267 lb-ft. 258 lb-ft.

The MKT is priced the same as its rivals while delivering more power. The 303 hp is the best in the lot right now followed by the likes of Lexus RX 350 and the Acura MDX. The Volvo XC90 was the potential lagger with its 250 hp power. 


The 2018 Lincoln MKT rides well and the turbocharges V-6 engine furnishes impressive acceleration. This engine impresses you even during strenuous task like climbing hills or merging into traffic on the highway. The MKT makes a sprint to 60mph in 7.6 seconds which is good considering its size and what rivals make. It is also the fastest when it comes to covering a quarter mile as it takes only 14.5 seconds to cover the distance.


Lincoln MKT (Premier)

Acura MDX Standard

Lexus RX 350

Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter mile

14.5 sec @ 97 mph

14.7 sec @ 94.6 mph

15.1 sec @ 92.7 mph

15.5 sec @ 86.1 mph






Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)





The Lincoln MKT was just a hair away from the Acura MDX to be crowned the victor in acceleration. The Lexus RX300 was left behind with a split second margin. 

Braking and Handling

The base 2018 Lincoln MKT comes standard with front-wheel drive and delivers a cushioned ride but it is not suitable for winding roads and there is noticeable body roll around turns. The MKT Reserve however with all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension hugs the road well and also minimizes the body roll while cornering. There are three driving modes-Sport, Comfort and Normal but there is not much difference between them. Brakes are strong and there is not much nose dive while hard braking.


Lincoln MKT (Premier)

Acura MDX Standard

Lexus RX 350

Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)

Brake Front(in)





Brake Rear(in)





Curb weight(lbs)





60-0 MPH (ft.)





The MKT is the heaviest wagon in the segment. All the other cars are way too light and which gives then edge ion the braking regime. The heavyweight is compensated with big rotors. However, their braking distance was not available for the MKT.

Towing Capacity

The 2018 Lincoln MKT might not come to your mind as a towing vehicle but it does have a good towing capacity. When properly equipped it can haul up to 4,500-pounds which is enough to pull a small boat or jet skis. These numbers are impressive as compared to rivals like Acura MDX or even the Volvo XC90.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
Weight (lbs) 4500 3500 3500 4000
Engine 3.7L 3.5L 3.5L 2.0L

The MKT is the king of the hill when it comes to towing. Other cars showed a same towing prowess however, they were nowhere near to what the MKT promises. 

Fuel Economy


The 2018 Lincoln MKT is a fuel guzzler as compared to rivals. The base 3.7-liter V-6 engine returns 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. The turbocharged V-6 engine brings these number further down as it checks in with 15/21/17 mpg. Both the MKTs run on regular unleaded gasoline.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
MPG (city) 16 19 20 22
MPG (highway) 24 27 27 29
MPG (combined) 19 22 23 25

The MKT gives you power and the price but efficiency is not you should expect from this wagon. Cars like Volvo XC90 and Lexus RX 350 are way more fuel efficient than the Lincoln. 



“The MKT’s interior design does little to inspire or impress. The materials quality is fine, but the all-black dash and dated, commonplace look of the center control layout are far from luxurious.” Edmunds

Seating and Comfort 

The 2018 Lincoln MKT justifies its luxury badging with a plush and comfortable cabin. However, the interior feels a bit antiquated as the MKT has not been re-designed since it debuted eight years ago. Seats are comfortable but the third row is cramped and best suited for kids. Cargo space is average for the class and the SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
Passenger capacity 7 7 5 7
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 142.3 132.7 121.36 103.8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


40.1/58.6/41.3 38.1/61.1/41.4 39.4/57.8/44.1 38.9/57.7/40.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


39/58.1/41.8 38.3/59.1/38.5 39.1/57.6/38 38.5/56.5/37

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)


33.5/49.1/33 35.6/54.7/28.1 N/A 36.3/46.9/31.9

The MKT seats seven in the base configuration, which consists of a second-row bench seat. Second-row heated and ventilated captain’s chair is available, but they drop the seating capacity to six. The front seats have plenty of leg room and space and the same can be said about the second-row as well. Available captain’s chair in the second-row also adds to the comfort. The third-row is not as roomy as the first two but it can easily accommodate kids and smaller adults.


The SYNC 3 infotainment system with a large touchscreen is easy to use and well within reach of the driver. The screen feels responsive while smartphone integration like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available. Infotainment features include:

  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Two USB ports
  • Voice recognition
  • Rear-seat entertainment (Optional)
  • Navigation (Optional)
  • 14-speaker audio system (Optional)


Seating features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power adjustable front seats
  • Ventilated front seats (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)

Cargo Space

Considering its size, the 2018 Lincoln MKT should have had more cargo capacity than what it offers. Its 207.6-inches of length is more than that of GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition and they offer far better cargo capacity than the MKT.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
Behind 3ndRow(ft.cube) 17.9 14.9 18.4 15.8
With 3nd  row folded (ft.cube) 39.6 38.4 18.4 41.8
With All  Seats folded (ft.cube) 75.9 68.4 56.3 85.7

Regardless, the MKT gets you 17.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up, 39.6 cubic feet with the third-row folded and 75.9 cubic feet with second and third row folded. A power liftgate is standard, and a power folding third-row is available



"Surprisingly, the bulbous and curvy Lincoln MKT shares its underpinnings and chassis with the boxy Ford Flex. While the Lincoln is certainly eye-catching, we'll let you decide if it's pleasing or punishing to the eyes"- KBB

The MKT is definitely not the best-looking SUV available in the market in fact it looks ugly. You are definitely not going to buy this SUV for its looks as there are better options available n the market. The 2018 Lincoln MKT shares its chassis and engines with the Ford Flex, a boxy crossover that has aged over decades. Both the SUVs share some exterior cues while the long nose and lumpy body of the MKT do it no favor and only makes it look bland. The MKT is definitely in urgent need of a makeover.

Dimension and Weight

Lincoln MKT is not only the longest it is also the heaviest in the class with a curb weight of 4702-pounds, therefore making it tough to maneuver in a tight spot. It even beats the likes of GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition in terms of length. MKTs ground clearance is good as compared to the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350, however, the Volvo gets 1.4-inch extra.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
Curb weight(lbs) 4702 4001 4222 4394
Length(in) 207.6 196.2 192.5 194.9
Width(in) 76.0 77.8 74.6 79.1
Height(in) 67.4 67.4 67.7 69.9
Ground clearance(in) 8.0 5.6 8.2 9.4
Wheelbase(in) 117.9 111 109.8 117.5
Track width(in) F/R 65.4/65.3 66.3/66.3 64.4/64 65.7/65.8

The Lincoln is the most sizable wagon in the lot, it's also the heaviest as well. However, the biggest point of difference is its long wheelbase which is identical to the Volvo but not so much for others in the class. 


The 2018 Lincoln MKT comes with two-wheel options. A 19-inch painted aluminum wheel is standard on both the trims. However, the Reserve trim can be equipped with the optional 20-inch polished aluminum wheel for $1,350. Smaller the wheel size smoother the ride, so go with the 19-inch wheel instead of the 20-inch which would only escalate the price.

Model Lincoln MKT (Premier) Acura MDX Standard Lexus RX 350 Volvo XC90 Momentum (T5 FWD)
Size F/R (in.) 19*8/19*8 18*8/18*8 18*8/18*8 18*8/18*8
Quality Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Wheel type Alloy Alloy Alloy Alloy


The IIHS has banged a few MKTs into the wall and found good results. However, it received a marginal rating for the headlight and latch. The NHSTA, meanwhile, has not crash tested the MKT completely. In terms of reliability, Lincoln has covered the MKT with a 3-year/ 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

NHSTA Rating

Overall rating N/A
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver N/A
Overall Side Crash Rating Passenger N/A
Side Barrier Rating N/A
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat N/A
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat N/A
Rollover Rating 4 star
Side Barrier Rating Driver N/A
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger N/A
Combined Side Rating Front Seat N/A
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat N/A

IIHS Rating

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good


Crash avoidance and mitigation
Frontal crash prevention Basic
Headlights Marginal
LATCH Marginal

Safety features

Lincoln has equipped all the MKTs with six airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a rearview camera. There is an optional package available that includes:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Assisted Pre-collision braking
  • Lane keep assist


Lincoln MKT Vs Acura MDX

The Acura MDX and the Lincoln MKT both features a V-6 engine but the MDX accelerates better and is also more fuel efficient. The Acura also offers a smooth ride and feels agiler while cornering. Inside, the MDX doesn’t match the material quality of the MKT but Acura’s cabin feels more modern. There are many driver’s assistance features that come standard in the Acura MDX, yet the pricing of both these SUVs are similar. The Acura, however, loses a point as it does not have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, which comes standard in the MKT.

Lincoln MKT Vs Lexus RX 350

The Lexus RX 350 boasts a stylish interior and rich material quality. It also has a long list of standard features including active safety techs that are optional or absent in the MKT. Both the SUVs have powerful engines; however, Lexus offers better mileage and stable handling. There is some area where the MKT scores ahead of the RX. It comes with seating for seven and offers more cargo space than the Lexus. Regardless, the RX 350 is an excellent SUV and it even has a lower starting price.

Lincoln MKT Vs Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 has an underpowered engine and stiff ride as compared to the Lincoln MKT. The cabin and material quality are at par in both the SUVs, however, the MKT boasts a roomier interior with more legroom in all the three rows. The Volvo score when it comes to cargo capacity and mileage. For a better value stick with the XC90 as it also offers an impressive list of safety features that come standard, unlike the MKT. The Volvo is priced $3,300 above the Lincoln but it justifies its value.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Lincoln is a good SUV, but it fails to match the rivals on more than one aspect. Many class rivals offer better mileage, performance and a nicer interior on the similar price tag. It has also not been redesigned in nearly a decade and the design both outside as well as inside looks antiquated. However, we have also got some better things also to say about the Lincoln MKT. It provides plenty of cargo space and smooth ride along with spacious first and second-row. The infotainment system is also easy-to-use. The MKT is definitely worth a buy but there are better players in the market.

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