2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

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2010 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost

When you’re this big, didn’t they used to call you Navigator?

There’s little of the ultimate Lincoln sport-brute here, and a lot more of the MKS and MKZ sedans, and the coming-soon MKX re-do in the flanks of the MKT. That’s right; flanks, which sounds so much better than the slabs of the kissing-cousin Ford Flex. Let’s face it; you’ve really got to dig the practicality of the right angle to get Flex-able. Spies in these parts have confirmed that the Flex has been a tough sell for many dealers, not too much of a surprise with love-hate body work. Start loading on the goodies, and the Flex can start to mimic the MKT EcoBoost’s MSRP, which starts at $53,350. This week, Inside Story kicks the rubbery shins of an Elite Package-equipped MKT EcoBoost, with an MSRP of $63,320. (Prices shown do not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

The Cockpit/Centre Stack

If you’re wondering where the picture of the steering wheel is, flip back through the pages of just about every fuller-sized Ford wheel in the Inside Story archives. Prettier wheels are coming, but for now, the four-spoke unit feels Taurus and/or Flex bin derived, save for the Lincoln emblem. At least the wheel gets power tilt and telescope adjustment. Manual shift paddles on the wheel are identical to those seen on the recent Taurus SHO, which still need more love. Steering wheel-mounted keys include Adaptive Cruise Control adjustment, audio management, and voice-activated prompting for the Navi head, and Bluetooth phone handshakes. A chrome-ringed gauge cluster gets the usual Lincoln font adjustments. The driver’s information display is in desperate need of some Lincoln-esque glory, as it suffers from this usual reaction; haven’t I seen you in a Ford product costing thousands less?

2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

To the left of the driver is the headlamp switch dial, with an auto detent, plus push-to-glow front driving lights. Auto high-beams boost the frontal glow of the standard adaptive HID lamps when oncoming vehicles are not present. The instrument panel dimmer is also observed, next to the power rear hatch release. The centre stack touch-actuated screen also provides rear camera views. The screen is flanked by the power pedals rocker switch on the left, and by the ambient lighting aids on the right. HVAC gets dual-zone front adjustments, as well as rear, with a driver-controlled rear switch lock-out on the touch screen for Climate. Traction control and hazard warning lamp switches should be relocated near the touch-screen, as opposed to their current location below the line of sight, on the passenger side of the centre stack.

The Elite Package elevates the single-CD audio head unit to the THX II Certified Audio Surround System, with 14 speakers. Safety upgrades specific to Elite include the Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control, with Collision Warning and Brake Support. (Yes, you waaaaant it.) Front wiper swath is rain-sensing, rear is two-speed. Ahead of the shifter is your new best parking friend; the switch for the Active Park Assist. It’s a $1,300 bump, on top of the required $5,000 Elite Package ka-thump. Interesting to note is that, while the Elite Package is available on both naturally-aspirated and EcoBoost models, the Active Park Assist is an EcoBoost-only option. Note to Lincoln; look at the size of the thing, and the glass area sacrificed for sexy flanks, and re-think this policy. Every MKT needs this. The driver’s door houses full-auto window lifts, power exterior mirror toggle, and switches for two driver memory positions. 

Cubbies!
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost
2010 Lincoln MKT AWD EcoBoost. Click image to enlarge

The front and rear door pockets have been kept minimalistic, as is the style with many luxury brands. Translation: hydrate elsewhere. Rear doors are equipped with manual pull-up sunshades. The front cupholder is a non-cincher of good depth, with a removable bladder for clean-up. The front console cover consists of two individual sliding armrests, which can conceal the cupholder area, eventually. This is the most annoying slide function encountered to date for an armrest design. The units feel tight to the point of seized. Even their inner mechanism seems cumbersome, as evidenced by the intrusion into the inner compartment. At the front of the compartment is a 12-volt DC powerpoint, flanked by a USB port, and an auxiliary audio plug-in. Need more power? A pass-through cubby below the centre stack holds a second 12-volt powerpoint, and removable rubber bed. The rear of the console holds HVAC controls, which can be tailored, or left to an auto temperature setting, when they are not locked out by the driver. The locking glovebox is flock-lined, and of ample dimensions.

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