2013 Lincoln MKT

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Lincoln MKT. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • EcoBoost power
  • Roomy second row
  • Generous standard features
  • Fuel economy

The Bad

  • Third-row headroom
  • Ungainly rear styling
  • Slow-to-react controls

Notable Features of the 2013 Lincoln MKT

  • Restyled for 2013
  • New touch-screen controls
  • Redesigned dashboard
  • Upgraded V-6
  • Seats up to seven
  • Available all-wheel drive

2013 Lincoln MKT Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Lincoln's large crossover, the MKT, gets a number of updates for 2013. Besides the visual alterations, which include a reshaped grille and redesigned dashboard, the three-row crossover gets a more powerful base V-6, optional adaptive suspension and other hardware upgrades. More dramatic changes lay inside, where the MKT gets Lincoln's latest touch-screen controls.

Related to the Flex from parent company Ford, the MKT offers three rows of seats and an available twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. Competitors include the Buick Enclave, Acura MDX and Audi Q7.

Exterior
The MKT's grille plunges less but carries more vertical slats in a "calmer, more restrained way," Lincoln says. The trademark belt line kink and broad tail remain; both were elements that made onlookers love or revile the car.

Measuring well beyond 200 inches from bumper to bumper, the MKT is more than a foot longer than the MDX and a few inches longer than the Enclave and Q7.

Interior
A redesigned dashboard headlines the cabin changes, with a new steering wheel and Lincoln's MyLincoln Touch center controls. Related to Ford's MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch replaces traditional buttons and dials with touch-sensitive areas; a large center screen runs multimedia and navigation. Ford says the system has been revised with faster processing and easier graphics from earlier versions of MyFord and MyLincoln Touch. The MKT's gauges sport twin LCDs flanking a center speedometer. Configurable ...

Vehicle Overview

Lincoln's large crossover, the MKT, gets a number of updates for 2013. Besides the visual alterations, which include a reshaped grille and redesigned dashboard, the three-row crossover gets a more powerful base V-6, optional adaptive suspension and other hardware upgrades. More dramatic changes lay inside, where the MKT gets Lincoln's latest touch-screen controls.

Related to the Flex from parent company Ford, the MKT offers three rows of seats and an available twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. Competitors include the Buick Enclave, Acura MDX and Audi Q7.

Exterior
The MKT's grille plunges less but carries more vertical slats in a "calmer, more restrained way," Lincoln says. The trademark belt line kink and broad tail remain; both were elements that made onlookers love or revile the car.

Measuring well beyond 200 inches from bumper to bumper, the MKT is more than a foot longer than the MDX and a few inches longer than the Enclave and Q7.

Interior
A redesigned dashboard headlines the cabin changes, with a new steering wheel and Lincoln's MyLincoln Touch center controls. Related to Ford's MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch replaces traditional buttons and dials with touch-sensitive areas; a large center screen runs multimedia and navigation. Ford says the system has been revised with faster processing and easier graphics from earlier versions of MyFord and MyLincoln Touch. The MKT's gauges sport twin LCDs flanking a center speedometer. Configurable via steering-wheel directional buttons, they can show everything from audio and navigation menus to a simulated tachometer.

Power front seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and leather upholstery are standard. The three-row interior seats six or seven, depending if you get second-row captain's chairs or a three-position bench.

Under the Hood
Front-drive MKTs boast a 3.7-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower, up from last year's 268-hp V-6. The all-wheel-drive MKT has a twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 that puts out 355 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines get a six-speed automatic transmission. New for 2013, the EcoBoost MKT gets an adaptive suspension, which drivers can adjust to three separate modes.

Safety
Six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Lane departure and blind spot warning systems are optional, so are inflatable second-row seat belts, which — like in the Ford Explorer — spread impact forces across an occupant's body. Ford says the belts can reduce collision pressure on the chest and neck.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

love or hate it

by Golfer from Wixom, MI on September 22, 2018

This car was what I was looking for, had mini van and was tired of driving, and wanted something that was capable of some of the things you have a van for but a with lot more style. Read full review

(5.0)

Love all the extras

by Mkt lover from Billings, mt on June 4, 2018

Love everything about my ride thank you lincoln. Great fuel economy, comfort, sync,safety, all the extras that came with it. I will definitely buy another one. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Lincoln MKT currently has 7 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Lincoln MKT Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Lincoln
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    200-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MKT received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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