By David Thomas on November 6, 2009
It’s not often I get in a new test car and fall in love with it. I take that back — it’s not often I get a non-sports car/sedan and fall in love with it. As a car reviewer, it does happen, and there are usually good reasons for it. Such was the case with the 2010 Lincoln MKT. I liked the looks, roominess, comfortable seats, tech features, huge sunroof, ease of loading the kids and cargo, and the EcoBoost engine. I just dug it. My full review can be found here.
However, I wondered if other dads shopping for a family crossover or luxury SUV would feel the same way about it. Would the MKT’s looks win them over or drive them away? For the most part, it was a one-sided conversation and I was on the losing end.
The popular dad blog, DaddyTypes, asked its readers for their thoughts on the MKT, and posted his own, too.
“That grille reminds me a bit of a marauding baleen whale out for revenge — which is good — and a Pontiac Vibe at SEMA — which is not. The truest thing I can say about these rigs, though, is that I like the Mercedes R-Class much better, and that's saying very little.” Greg Allen, DaddyTypes
“Lincoln has done a decent job making this car their own but it is a Ford Flex in all the ways that count, and you're paying a hefty premium for a Lincoln badge, which stopped being a selling point long ago. The styling is slightly better but that's subjective, and it seems like interior space has been compromised vs. the Flex.” Seth
“Personally, I'd go for the Flex over the MKT because I prefer the Flex's styling. Both of these vehicles are way too big for me (the kid goes into a Mini Cooper now), but if I ever had a couple of more kids I'd certainly grab a twin-turbo Flex over a Honda Odyssey, which seems to be the default choice for parents around here.” JT
“No. I prefer vehicles which DON'T look as if they wallow about in muddy ponds (it looks like a smiling hippo to me).” teufelkindsvater
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David