2017 Lincoln MKTShould you buy? Well, it depends..
What’s New for 2017
The 2017 Lincoln MKT is similar compared to prior year models as the most recent major refresh was completed with the 2013 model year. The modest changes compared to the prior model year include the incorporation of some tech and safety features into the base model, which were only available as add-ons with the 2016 model year.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Lincoln MKT – The Pros
1. Eco Boost Engine Performance
One of the top features of the 2017 Lincoln MKT is the engine performance. The 2017 model year comes standard with a 3.7-liter engine that produces around 310 horsepower. Those that are looking for the most performance possible will want to upgrade to the eco-boost, which is turbocharged and produces closer to 370 horsepower.
2. Smart Phone Integration
Another selling point of the MKT is the newer smartphone integration. Those that have either Apple or Android phones, or tablets, will can connect their phone to the car using a USB. This then can connect a range of applications to the SUV display, including a driver’s preferred GPS program.
3. Seating Capacity
Most SUVs that are in the same class as the 2017 Lincoln MKT boast that they can hold 7 passengers, but it is normally considered uncomfortable. The MKT, on the other hand, has more leg room for passengers in all rows and can comfortable seat three passengers in the back row.
4. Driving Customization
Like other Lincoln vehicles, the MKT provides drivers with the ability to utilize the MyKey system. This system allows a driver to customize several areas of the SUV, including radio settings and volume, seat and mirror locations, and temperature. Drivers can also set caps on driving speed and radio volume, which comes in handy when younger drivers are involved.
5. Comfortable Interior Finishes
The 2017 Lincoln MKT also comes standard with a variety of luxurious and comfortable finishes. These include heated and ventilated seats, leather interior throughout the car, bucket first and second row seats, and several different climate controls throughout the cabin.
6. Audio System
The MKT also has an impressive audio system, which is ideal for anyone that likes to listen to music while driving. The SUV comes standard with 14 speakers throughout the cabin, HD radio, and the ability to connect to any mobile device through several USB inputs.
7. Safety Features and Rating
The MKT comes standard with a range of different safety features that help to give it one of the best overall safety ratings in its class. Some of the safety features that now come standard include a rearview mirror, brake assist, lane departure warning and recovery, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. The SUV has received top ratings for collisions and roll-over resistance.
8. Tech Features
The 2017 Lincoln MKT comes standard with a lot of different tech features, many of which must be paid for separately with other SUVs. The SUV uses Lincoln’s Infotainment system, which includes a touchscreen display, rear monitors, GPS, and other applications.
9. Towing Capacity is Substantial
While most SUVs in its class are not used for towing trailers and other heavy objects, the 2017 Lincoln MKT has the power necessary to do so. The MKT can tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is about 15% more than many of the competing SUVs.
One of the top selling features for all Lincoln vehicles is the amazing service. Drivers will be able to take advantage of the complimentary 36-month warranty, which covers routine maintenance and more significant issues. Drivers can also take advantage of the free drop-off, which can help reduce a lot of the stress that comes with buying a car.
Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Lincoln MKT – The Cons
1. Poor Storage
One of the downsides of the MKT is the storage space. As a whole ,the SUV will have no more than 80 cubic feet of storage space. When the cabin if full, available space is less than 20 cubic feet. Some of the SUVs in its class have far more space for storage.
2. Base Engine Performance
While the Eco Boost engine is considered a plus for the SUV, the 2017 Lincoln MKT’s base engine option is considered weak compared to competing SUVs. Several of the SUVs in its class have engines that produce at least 330 horsepower and can complete a 0 to 60 test in around 7 seconds.
3. Fuel Efficiency
The Lincoln MKT also has below average fuel efficiency compared to others in its class. At the base level, the current fuel efficiency ratings are around 23 mpg when driving on the highway and 15 when driving in the city. Others in its class have slightly better efficiency ratings or can be upgraded to a hybrid.
How it Stacks Up to the Competition
Overall, the 2017 Lincoln MKT compares favorably to other SUVs in its class. Its top competing SUVs in 2017 will be the Acura MDX, the Buick Enclave, and the Volvo XC90. Overall, the MKT is considered to have a more substantial base safety and technology package, but its base engine option and fuel efficiency are worst.
In conclusion, the 2017 Lincoln MKT will likely be a strong seller with consumers. The SUV has plenty of included style, comfort, luxury, and safety features compared to other SUVs. One detractor for some consumers will be the lack of storage space, particularly when the third row seat is up.