The 2014 Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKT, the three row luxury crossover recently received a mid-cycle refresh. Not styled very conventionally to please each and everyone, the 2014 MKT still offers a long list of standard luxury features in addition to a comfortable and spacious interior. Lincoln MKT was developed under a codename D472 and shares its genes with the highly regarded Ford Flex hence offering much of that large wagon’s attributes some of which include an impressive and eminent all round performance, comfortable seating and a well built cabin with a satisfying array of high-tech features. However, the appearance is considerably different.
But, looks aren’t the only thing that has changed for the new Lincoln MKT as the refreshed SUV also upped its game for the standard 3.7 liter V6 that now generates 303 horsepower to the front wheels, up from 268. Producing a twist of 278 pound feet, the fuel economy of this unique SUV is rated as 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Another available option is the Eco-Boost model which is opted by a staggering nine out ten MKT buyers. The 3.5 liter Eco-Boost engine produces a good 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque and is mated to all wheel drive standard. Interestingly, a computer can automatically disengage the rear wheels when not in use to enhance the efficiency and improve fuel economy. The switchover takes just 16 milliseconds which is surely fast. The Eco-Boosted MKT returns 16/23 mpg. Both the engines are mated to a six speed SelectShift automatic transmission. However, the Eco-Boosted models use a bit fortified versions. Enabling the driver with full gear selection control, the SelectShift results in no engine override and can be controlled by paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.
Along with the “fortified” version of the transmission, the Eco-Boosted Lincoln MKT mill makes use of a classy Continuously Controlled Damping system. Utilizing 46 different inputs to send over 23,000 different packets of data to a computer each second, the advanced CCD system in the MKT helps make decisions and adjustments to several aspects of the suspension based on immediate road conditions.
All luxury cars are defined by their style, sophistication, power and refinement. However, interior technology has become the hallmark of the modern luxury vehicle, famous to be unconventionally styled, the 2014 Lincoln MKT is in no way behind when it comes to luxury. Equipped with the SYNC, a Bluetooth based connectivity system, the latest MKT allows smartphone users to place calls, stream music and listen to their texts while driving making the drive a fun and safe one.
The 2014 Lincoln MKT competes in a segment with some highly desirable models like the amazingly fuel efficient Audi Q7 and the Infiniti QX30, the all rounder Acura MDX and the impressively roomy Buick Enclave. As a matter of fact, the 2014 MKT faces competition with Flex itself which essentially is the same vehicle just costing thousands less. However, for those who are drawn towards the unusual, the 2014 Lincoln MKT is worth a test drive.