The 2017 Lincoln MKT is a three row crossover/wagon that is shares its platform with the Ford Flex. The vehicle boasts of a jam packed list full of tech features enough to make even the biggest geeks smile.
While the 2017 MKT features plush interiors and great engine options, the design element is what is perhaps a let down. The car bears an uncannily designed front grille that might not go down well with its future buyers.
The 2017 Lincoln MKT is a vehicle that certainly does not adheres to customs and wants to chart a path of its own. It some aces up its sleeves that help it to win over the competition but then it has its share of miss hits as well. It competes against the likes of Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, and Audi Q7.
2017 Lincoln MKT Features
The 2017 Lincoln MKT is offered in only one feature loaded trim. There are both FWD and AWD trims on offer. While the FWD features a V6 motor, the AWD trim features a turbocharged variably tuned V6 motor. The MKT is a feature loaded car even when being compared to a German flagship vehicle. The 19-inch alloy wheels are coated with a metallic paint that gives out a shine and adds to the appeal of the vehicle.
19-inch alloy wheel
Adaptive xenon headlights
Keyless ignition and entry
Remote engine start
Fixed glass sunroof
Rear parking sensors
Power liftgate and a rearview camera
Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, heated 60/40-split folding second-row seats ( Outboard only)
50/50-split folding third-row seats
Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone app integration
10-speaker sound system
Then there is separate climate control for all the 3 rows. Feel good features such as power adjustable steering and seats and even a powered tailgate. Notable, the tried and tested Ford Sync 3 MMI powers the MKT as well.
2017 Lincoln MKT Engine
For 2017, the Acura MDX retains its strong V6, which provides plenty of power to complement this luxury SUV's agile-yet-comfortable manners. -KBB
Engine and Transmission
The engine duty on the Lincoln MKT is handled by a 3.7L V6 motor paired to a 6-speed auto gearbox. The engine is good for producing 303 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. The engine does feel underpowered at times for such generous power figures. Overtaking at highway speed can become a hassle but overall, the base engine does a good job of lugging 7 passengers.
3.7L 6 cyl
3.0L 6 cyl
On paper with rivals, the MKT is the 2nd to only the Audi Q7 with 333 hp. The 3rd row in the Infiniti QX60 and the close last is the Acura MD with 290 hp.
Even though the acceleration feels sedated but the figures tell otherwise. The Lincoln MKT is able to complete a 0-60 mph sprint in around 6.1 seconds and goes on to complete a quarter mile sprint in 14.7 seconds. Notably, it is the most polluting vehicle with 9.2 tons/yr of CO2 emissions.
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
In comparison, the Audi Q7 is the fastest vehicle to 60 mph at 5.7 seconds. The 2nd fastest is the Lincoln MKT with 6.1 seconds. While the Acura MDX is close to the MKT at 6.2 seconds, the QX60 falls behind at 7.1 seconds.
Ride and Handling
Safe to say, the Lincoln MKT is not one of the swift handling cars that its rivals boast to be. The car steers like a boat and has a floaty suspension. The AWD trim allows the driver to choose between 3 setups which help the MKT's case a little. But overall, the car puts much more emphasis on comfort than it does on sportiness.
The Lincoln MKT features a big beefy set of brake in the front as well as the rear. The Front brake rotors are 13.9 inches while the rear ones are 13.6 inches. Even after a heavy curb weight, the car is able to stop from 60 mph to a complete standstill within an impressive 118 ft.
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
Amongst rivals, it's the Audi Q7 which comes at the top again with a stopping distance of 117 feet. The 2nd is the MKT while both the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 lag far behind the leaders.
2017 Lincoln MKT Fuel Economy
Simply put forward, the Lincoln MKT is certainly not the most fuel economical cars out there. The car is able to return a paltry fuel mileage of 19 mpg combined.
Amongst rivals, the MKT is the least fuel-efficient car. The most fuel efficient car in the segment share the top spot with a 22 miles per gallon combined.
2017 Lincoln MKT Interior
The MDX is spacious and versatile for the midsize luxury segment, and though its third row is tight, it's more usable than most -Edmunds
Seating and Comfort
The Lincoln MKT offers comfortable seating for 7 people. The thing in the 3rd row does get a little cramped especially due to a sloping roofline which hinders the headroom. However, with a front legroom of 41.3 inches, and rear legroom of 41.8 inches, it offers one the roomiest cabin in the segment with enough legroom to stretch on long journeys.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
In comparison with rivals, the Lincoln MKT offers the most legroom in the segment. The 2nd in line is the Audi Q7 while both the other rivals are some way off.
The infotainment duties in the Lincoln MKT are handled by a fine looking 10-inch touchscreen and an array of 10 speakers. The sync 3 MMI does a fine job most of the times except when transitioning from a call back to the main screen where it lags a bit. The input times and response times are right up there with the competition.
Driver display screen
Ventilated and heated,
The Lincoln MKT, thanks to a large wheelbase and long overhang, is able to offer a generous 17.9 feet of cargo volume behind the 3rd row. The loading angles and heights are optimum as well. Airport runs and long journeys are going to as easy as it gets if you plan to own an MKT.
Cargo Volume with 3rd row up (ft.3)
Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)
Cargo Volume with 1st row folded (ft.3)
It might fulfill the industry standards and an average buyer would appreciate. However, going with the Acura MDX will be advantageous from a cargo point of view.
2017 Lincoln MKT Exterior
The 2017 MDX is the first production model to sport Acura's new face, a diamond pentagon grille that replaces the former model's snout. It looks stronger and more cohesive- KBB
Dimensions and Weight
The Lincoln MKT is a big and heavy car with a curb weight of 4720 lbs. The car is also the longest by quite a while primarily due to a long hanging rear end. The width might not be the segment biggest but it still is substantial at 76 inches.
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
In Comparison with rivals, the Audi Q7 is the heaviest car in the segment at 4938 lbs. The longest car in the segment is the Lincoln MKT with 207.2 inches. It also happens to be the one with the biggest wheelbase of 117.9 inches.
19 inch alloy wheels
The base model of the Lincoln MKT comes loaded with a set of 19 inch wheels wrapped with summer tires on the FWD trim and all-terrain tires on the AWD trim.
2017 Lincoln MKT Safety
The Lincoln MKT suite of safety features are enough to put even the pricier vehicles to shame. There is a comprehensive list of both active and passive safety features to keep the occupants safe. Moreover, the car has been allotted 5 star safety rating in almost all the segments when tested by major crash-testing agencies. Safety and reliability is never going to be a concern for the Lincoln MKT
AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Curve Control
Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
Child-safety rear door locks
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children) for 2nd-row outboard seating positions; 1 in 3rd row
MyKey technology to help parents encourage responsible driving s Perimeter alarm
Power door locks with auto-lock
Rear view camera
SecuriCode invisible keypad
SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
Side-intrusion door beams
SOS Post-Crash Alert System
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
2017 Lincoln MKT Competition
Lincoln MKT vs Infiniti QX60
The Infiniti QX60 is another fine offering from the Japanese giants. The QX60 is a fine looking car from the outside with sharp body styling and a well-balanced front and rear fascia. The list of safety features might not be as long as the MKT but it still is enough to rank it in the higher spots in the segment.
However, the Infiniti QX60 is certainly not as spacious as the MKT. Even when it comes to the cargo capacity, the QX60 falls short.
Lincoln MKT vs Audi Q7
The Audi Q7 has been the poster boy for luxury SUVs since a long time and for good reason. The interior quality is probably the best in the segment and the layout is an ergonomic delight as well. Other than that, there is enough tech ladden on the car for it to qualify as a spaceship.
The Audi Q7 is a great vehicle that does the job of an SUV well and can even take a fair bit of off-roading with its 4 wheel drive powertrain. All in all, the Audi seems to be the better vehicle amongst the two.
Lincoln MKT vs Acura MDX
The vehicle is charming from both the inside and the outside. Seating for 7 people makes it a great family vehicle and even the utility part is definitely there. All in all, if you're looking for a mid-size, family SUV, the Acura MDX makes for a compelling choice.
2017 Lincoln MKT Final Verdict
The Lincoln MKT is one of those vehicles that can't be compared to any other at least visually. The car has an abnormal looking front and rear fascia that some say look freakishly similar to a hearse. But, if you're one of those who likes the way it looks, it's actually a good car from the inside. The interiors are nice, there are multiple engine choices and the cabin is tech loaded to the brim. It might not be a big seller but it certainly has the capabilities of a good car.