2013 Lincoln MKT

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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The decision to purchase a minivan is a pragmatic one. Drive a minivan and you admit to the world that you have children and a Costco membership, and that you want one vehicle that can transport your offspring and multi-packs of toilet paper.
The decision to not purchase a minivan is different. An entire subset of car buyers with children wants a vehicle with seven seats, but would as soon pile their children into a minivan as the bed of a pickup truck. For these people, the crossover is an amenable alternative that blends usability and distinctive exterior design. They buy cars like Mazda's CX-9, Buick's Enclave, and Ford's Flex.
But there are buyers who want more: they crave the convenience of a crossover but want a top-shelf brand name, a sportier driving experience, and a more sumptuous interior. Infiniti aims to please these people with its newest vehicle, the JX35. To see if the JX35's blend of luxury and sport was up to snuff, we pitted it against three close competitors: the Lincoln MKT, Acura MDX, and BMW X5.

Powertrains: Old School, Meet New School

All four of our crossovers were equipped with six-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive. The JX35 is the least powerful of the group, and has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The MDX and X5 are both rated at 300 hp; the X5 uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six-cylinder engine that makes 300 lb-ft of torque, and the MDX uses a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 that turns out 270 lb-ft. The Lincoln scores the power trophy with its EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. While the MDX and MKT both use six-speed automatic transmissions, the BMW has an eight-speed auto, and the JX35 employs a continuously variable unit.
From behind the wheel, the difference in powertrains is palpable. The JX's V-6 provides adequate grunt and sounds good in the upper register, but it still lags behind its competitors. This is partially due to the JX's power deficit, but it's mostly the fault of the JX's transmission. The CVT was effective at keeping engine noise at bay around town, but revs build slowly and the engine drones once you step on the gas pedal.
The BMW's powertrain, comparatively, is a frenetic beast: the engine revs quickly and has a laser-level flat torque curve. The transmission's sport automatic mode remaps the shift points to near-redline, allowing drivers to savor the gorgeous engine note even more.
The MDX may be down 30 lb-ft on the X5, but it doesn't want for power. Revs build slowly but the engine pulls adeptly, and the note it produces is guttural and strong as the tach needle passes 4000 rpm. Crucially, the MDX's transmission is snappier when pulling away from a stop than the X5's.
The MKT is the unlikely hero here: it hustles down back roads and attacks highway on-ramps, and it has enough torque to make highway downshifts a rarity. The speedometer needle rises quicker than you thought possible in a 4942-pound car.
Winner: Lincoln MKT

Ride and Handling: The Great Compromise

These sporty luxury crossovers face high expectations for both handling and ride quality, and striking the right balance is a tall task. The JX's steering is pleasantly light in parking lots but limp and overboosted nearly everywhere else. The ride shows plenty of poise on the highway, but it's only so-so on bumpy roads.
Again, the BMW X5 proves to be the JX's polar opposite. The X5 is easily the handling champion thanks to its firm suspension and heavy, precise steering, a great asset on back roads. But the X5 only shines with enthusiastic driving; around town the suspension is stiff and harsh at times and the steering is unnecessarily heavy. The only way we would recommend this car for the school run is if your children go to school on the Nürburgring.
Getting out of the Infiniti JX and into the Lincoln MKT, deputy editor Joe DeMatio remarked that the Lincoln's steering was "a revelation," and we agreed that it offers the best blend of low- and high-speed weight. The MKT exhibits decent handling, especially for a 17.3-foot-long people carrier, but the MKT's strength is in its soft, compliant ride, not its handling.
The best compromise was the MDX. Its steering is pleasantly firm at low speeds, but just a little bit too light on the highway. The ride is comfortable but not pillowy, thanks to optional magnetorheological dampers, and its handling is superb. For that you can thank Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system, which shifts torque to the outside rear wheel in the corners. The system's digital readout between the gauges shows where the torque is going at any moment, adding a neat video game-like touch to the driving experience.
Winner: Acura MDX

Interior: Luxuriously Quiet, Quietly Luxurious

Having tested our luxury crossovers' ability to get our hearts pounding, we looked at how they keep us comfortable and entertained.
The X5 is the most expensive car of the bunch and its interior materials are obviously of high quality, but there's little visual flair. Some of the blame goes to our particular color combination -- brown wood over an inky, graphite-colored leather -- but the available sand and creamy brown leather colors can only go so far to dress up the bland interior. At least the seats are comfortable and the controls are straightforward.
The MDX's interior is somewhat better. Our tester had both the Advance and Entertainment packages, which meant the center stack was littered in buttons for the front and rear entertainment systems, navigation, and automatic climate control. On either side of the controls, there are two sweeping swaths of wood trim, which add just enough visual drama to keep the interior from being boring.
The MKT's interior surprised us with its materials quality, including gorgeous hazelnut-colored leather, brown wood, and a deep gray center stack. The MyLincoln Touch system may be unloved for how it works, but its visual simplicity (i.e. lack of knobs and buttons) is a stark contrast to the MDX. The windows and panoramic glass roof let in plenty of light, and the glass is well-laminated to keep wind noise to a minimum.
The clear winner is the JX, because Infiniti's designers made an interior that was functional and beautiful. The car's distinctive exterior design continues on the inside with interestingly shaped door handles and trim strips, and an organic, double-bubble dashboard. Our only gripe was the steering wheel, which was obviously of a lower grade than other Infinitis.
Winner: Infiniti JX

Curb Appeal: Looks Expensive, Is Expensive

A luxury crossover that costs $10,000 more than a Buick Enclave must also look better than a Buick Enclave, and must come with more brand-name cachet. With that gauntlet set, our cars had mixed results.
The Lincoln MKT's design hearkens back to the brand's halcyon days before World War II, with low sills, a high roofline, and a bustle-back reminiscent of 1940's Lincoln limousines. Noble as designer Peter Horbury's quest may have been, the challenge of fitting 1940s design within a 1990s sedan footprint (it's based on an old Volvo platform) and adding 21st-century functionality proved too much. The front end is low, which is a good start, but the rear doors and windows look overly stretched, and the original MKT Concept's curves and creases have been flattened. The liftgate is a wide, nearly flat sheet of metal topped by a plasticky light bar and a small, rectangular rear window. The MKT is a valiant attempt at reinventing an icon, but it's ultimately let down by its baroque styling.
If the MKT was styled to make a statement, the MDX was styled to speak softly. The car is chiseled and neatly creased, but flared wheel arches add a nice curvy touch. Even Acura's unloved "razor grille" blends well into the MDX's front end and its geometric headlights. We especially like how the triangular rear window gives this three-row SUV a two-row crossover's greenhouse.
The Infiniti JX has a boldly shaped body with a long, curving character line and Infiniti's new hourglass grille. Too bad that your eyes are drawn to its low door handles, stretched rear door, and rear windows, which make the JX look a little bit like a minivan.
Even without flashy chrome trim or dazzling wheels, the BMW makes a bold statement on the road. Its wheel arches bulge out from the side panels and the hood creases to hint at the powerful engine underneath. Unlike the Infiniti, the X5's door handles are located on the character line, which maintains a crisp look, and the rear end is folded and creased to keep the liftgate from becoming a flat sheet of metal, like the MKT's. It looks expensive -- and it is.
Winner: BMW X5

Features and Usability: Techno Overload

Aside from radar-guided cruise control, a head-up display, and a set of cameras that provide a simulated aerial view while parking and an easier look at blind intersections, there's little in the way of technological wizardry in the X5. Technologically speaking, the X5 was out-gunned by the less expensive Infiniti JX. The X5's third row doesn't win any awards, either. The BMW's second row folds and slides to allow passengers in and out of the third row, but the third-row seats themselves are cramped and difficult to fold. It doesn't help that the third-row seat is an expensive option that isn't included in any packages or trim levels. The BMW does score points for its trick tailgate (75 percent folds up, 25 percent folds down), and the best cargo area opening of the four cars.
For nearly the same price as the BMW, the MKT offered numerous technological features. Our heavily optioned MKT had a THX-certified surround sound stereo, MyLincoln Touch, and Active Park Assist, which will parallel park the luxo-truck at the press of a button. The MKT's standard second row is a bench seat, but our car featured optional bucket seats, as well as a rear-seat center console with an optional refrigerator. Both the second and third-row seats fold at the press of a button. The third row had little headroom, thanks to a high seating position and a low headliner that also stores the rear sunroof's sunshade. The door and trunk openings are also quite deep, which means there's more distance to load passengers or cargo into the car.
The MDX's technology is less flashy than its competitors', but there's also less of it. The MDX has a radar-based automatic braking system, and a climate control system that uses GPS to compensate for the position of the sun relative to the car, but it doesn't park itself or chill your beverages, and it's the only car of the four without keyless entry/ignition. The optional ELS stereo boasts Dolby ProLogic II surround sound, and the rear-seat entertainment system is nearly identical to the much-loved unit in the Honda Odyssey. The MDX is about 16 inches shorter than the MKT, and its short stature handicaps the third-row seat. Only the passenger's side of the 60/40-split second row slides forward to let third-row passengers in or out, and there's little third-row legroom. There is plenty of headroom, however: "we stuffed two six-foot-plus editors back there," DeMatio said, "and I think they could both ride back there for a while without killing each other." The MDX's lower driving position also requires less passenger climbing or cargo lifting than the X5.
Despite being the least expensive, the Infiniti JX offers the most technological features, including the ability to drive itself: the optional Driver Assistance and Technology Packages include Intelligent Brake Assist and Lane Departure Prevention, which automatically brake and steer the car (through the brakes) to avoid collisions. The color screen between the JX's gauges tracks these features in real-time, projecting the image that you're driving an electronic nanny on wheels.
Our takeaway from the JX is that its powertrain and handling might leave something to be desired, but its convenience features won't. The JX's second-row seats fold and slide forward with one press to allow third row passengers in or out, and they can still slide if a baby seat is strapped in. As for the third row seat, senior editor Eric Tingwall proclaimed it the best of the four. "At 6'3" I fit comfortably and there's tons of light flowing in to keep things from feeling claustrophobic," he said.
Winner: Infiniti JX

The Takeaway: Compromise Isn't Bad After All

A luxury crossover must be better than a crossover, and all four delivered luxury, sporting character, and convenience to levels neither the minivan nor the basic sport utility vehicle can reach. But the best luxury crossover must offer the greatest compromise of all three.
The Lincoln MKT is arguably the best car here for passengers, especially second-row passengers who can relax and enjoy the car's entertainment tech and soft ride. It's also an unsightly creature, and neither Lincoln's meager brand cachet nor the MKT's chic interior can outweigh the MKT's baroque styling.
The BMW X5 is a sports car with a cargo cover, and the driving experience gets better the harder you push it. It also has the best badge of the group, by a large margin. But the BMW's third-row seat is an expensive option, its low-speed ride is busy, and its steering is heavy. It is a fantastic sport utility vehicle, but it's not a good three-row luxury crossover.
Stepping out of the X5 and into the Infiniti JX is a journey from one school of thought to another. The X5's purchase price is an investment in enthusiastic driving and a blue-chip brand name; with the Infiniti you purchase top-tier technology and innovative design. But Infiniti clearly invested more capital in safety features and creature comforts than the driving experience, and the JX's techno-wizardry doesn't make up for an unengaging drive.
Our choice of the four is the Acura MDX. It doesn't boast the prettiest exterior or the classiest interior, and isn't the quickest of the bunch, but it competes well in all categories and blends sportiness, usability, and panache. And that's what defines the three-row luxury crossover.
2013 Lincoln MKT
2013 Lincoln MKT

New For 2013

Lincoln focused on upgrading the MKT’s ride and handling for 2013. The new Lincoln Drive Control system comes standard on EcoBoost-equipped MKTs and offers Sport, Comfort, and Normal drive modes. We prefer the Sport mode as it noticeably tightens handling, a historical weakness for the big crossover. Larger brakes with improved cooling now give the MKT more-confident braking.


How did the Lincoln MKT go from worst-in-class ride and handling to surpassing Lexus in only a year? Lincoln Drive Control, which debuted on the MKS sedan this year as well, comes standard on the EcoBoost model. This new system allows the driver to alter steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control settings according to his or her mood. Although the system doesn’t make the MKT as enjoyable to drive as a BMW X5, it should be more than enough for the average consumer looking for three rows of seating and a premium interior. Unfortunately, Lincoln’s exterior design changes for 2013 don’t help an overall shape best described as ungainly and ill proportioned. If you don’t mind the exterior styling, the interior is quite nice. Lincoln uses quality materials throughout the cabin, and the optional MyLincoln Touch takes center stage for 2013. We’ve found this infotainment system to be fussy and overly frustrating for basic functions like controlling the temperature, but it looks sharp, and there are redundant voice controls for most functions through the Sync system. Physical controls for climate regulation would make for a slightly more cluttered center stack, but they’d work each time—a compromise we’d happily make in the name of function.


ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; and traction and stability control are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assistance, a collision-warning system with brake support, a head-up display, inflatable second-row seatbelts, lane-keep assist, collision warning, and adaptive headlamps are optional.

You'll like:

  • Very nice interior
  • Finally handles well

You won't like:

  • Ungainly face
  • Cramped third row

Key Competitors For The 2013 Lincoln MKT

  • Buick Enclave
  • Lexus GX460
  • Volvo XC90
2013 Lincoln MKT Ecoboost Front Left View 5
Open the doors and the rear liftgate and you immediately see evidence of the old Ford D3 platform that underpins this vehicle: the protruding lips that preclude a smooth floor transition at the rocker panels; the huge depth for liftover at the liftgate. That said, Ford has done a superb job of packaging seating into the interior space, and the third-row seats fold cleverly and neatly into the cargo cavity to create a flat load floor that's even with the bumper height. Love the electric operation.

2013 Lincoln MKT Ecoboost

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Lincoln has unveiled a thorough refresh of its two large passenger car models, the 2013 MKT crossover and 2013 MKS sedan, at the 2011 LA auto show. The new Lincoln grille serves as a showcase of the design direction of the brand moving forward, while enhancements to the suspension, powertrain, and interior aim to improve overall refinement and performance.

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Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
17 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
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2013 Lincoln MKT Specifications

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3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
303 hp @ 6500rpm
278 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Recall Date
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S04.
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Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.
Potential Units Affected
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Recall Date
Ford Moor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S18.
Potential Units Affected
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Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT vehicles with a limousine or hearse preparation package, manufactured March 6, 2012, to March 10, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the vacuum pump relay may overheat due to an internal fault or contamination.
If the vacuum pump relay overheats, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the vacuum pump relay with a new electro-mechanical relay, free of charge. The recall began on July 6, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S10.
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