Lincoln Mark LT is just the thing for the executive rancher or high-end developer to cruise around north Scottsdale, a decked-out luxury version of Ford’s workhorse F-150 pickup truck.
I doubt you’d find one of these backed up to the corral loaded with manure. Or piled high with lumber.
No, this is a pickup for the gentry, more likely to bear the results of a day’s antiquing than the messy trappings of some blue-collar pursuit.
With four doors and a well-equipped interior, including optional rear-seat video, LT seems less pickup than full-size SUV with a cargo bed. It’s similar in concept to Cadillac’s Escalade EXT, though it’s more trucklike than the SUV-based Caddy.
So why market a high-end pickup with gleaming trim and Lincoln trappings? Well, with F-150 continuing its reign as top-selling vehicle in the United States, LT gives Lincoln-Mercury dealers a share of the wealth.
This is not the first time Lincoln has marketed a pickup. Don’t forget the short-lived Blackwood, a truly odd vehicle introduced for 2002 that failed to attract many buyers. That could be because of its lofty price tag and general worthlessness for actual pickup-truck chores.
LT is more straightforward. And the price tag’s not too scary, thousands less than the Escalade EXT.
There are some luxury items missing, such as full power seats or navigation system. Most noticeably missing is a critical piece of practicality: There’s no bed liner to protect the cargo area from scratches and dents.
But that could be more of a statement about LT’s role as stylish transport rather than practical pickup.
PERFORMANCE: The 5.4-liter, overhead-cam V-8 provides plenty of muscle for this huge vehicle, including 8,900 pounds of towing capacity.
Horsepower is rated at 300, with 365 pound-feet of torque, though it felt stronger than the numbers indicate. Gas mileage is pretty poor.
The four-speed automatic transmission was competent with luxury-car smoothness to its shifts.
DRIVABILITY: The soft suspension is tuned for comfort, and LT felt more luxurious on the road than its Ford counterpart. Handling is fairly ponderous, LT never letting you forget that it’s huge and heavy.
The test truck came with electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, though I didn’t try it out. I didn’t care to risk dinging this showboat on the rugged trail.
The four-wheel disc brakes are enhanced with standard anti-lock and brake-force distribution, though LT lacks electronic stability or anti-skid tech.
STYLING: The look is rich, with lots of gleaming chrome and extra detail; the Lincoln styling cues nicely differentiating LT from the F-150. The grinning waterfall grille and broad taillights are like those on Lincoln’s Navigator SUV.
The truck drew attention from guys who found it macho and handsome.
INTERIOR: The cabin has plenty of room for five, with especially nice leather seats. The dashboard is decorated with ebony, and the gauges sparkle.
There’s the expected level of power and convenience, including power-adjustable pedals and trip computer. Luxury-car buyers may be annoyed by the lack of a power seat-back adjustment.