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Lease a Lincoln MKX

 

Finding the best small-to-midsize luxury crossover SUV can be a difficult task. Just about every model is very good, so it typically comes down to what you want from your crossover. The 2013 Lincoln MKX could work out well for shoppers prioritizing interior room and features. But it also has its fair share of drawbacks.

 

As with other Lincolns, the MKX is related to a similar Ford product. In this case, it's the midsize Ford Edge crossover SUV. Thankfully, there are enough upgrades and styling differences to give the MKX a more upscale presence and ambience. Standard equipment is certainly a highlight for this Lincoln -- features that are often optional on other models, such as leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry and a power liftgate, are standard here. You also get a more luxurious interior design and a standard 305-horsepower V6.

 

As luxury crossovers go, the MKX's main draws are its features and a rear seat that's roomier than the norm. But the 2013 Lincoln MKX also has a few downsides. A big one is the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface -- even though it's been updated this year, we still find it to be often frustrating to use. You might also encounter the feeling that you're driving nothing more than a really nice Edge. As such, it would also be worth your time to check out other contenders such as the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and Volvo XC60.

 

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options Lincoln Lease

 

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is a five-passenger crossover SUV available in one trim level.

 

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, the MyKey system (allows owners to limit a vehicle's top speed and radio volume), a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the MyLincoln Touch and Sync electronics interface systems (includes Bluetooth and iPod interface), and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and an SD card reader.

 

The Premium package (Equipment Group 101A) adds 18-inch polished alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, interior mood lighting, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery and heated second-row seats.

 

The Elite package (Equipment Group 102A) includes all the above plus 20-inch chrome wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot warning system, a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, HD radio and a navigation system that features 10GB of digital music storage and Sirius Travel Link (real-time traffic, weather and other information). A Limited Edition package features 20-inch polished alloy wheels, bronze leather upholstery with black accents, uniquely textured metallic trim and monogrammed floor mats.

 

Separate option highlights include 22-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays.

 

Lease Lincoln Powertrains and Performance

 

The 2013 Lincoln MKX is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 305 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capability is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive MKX went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds -- a slightly slower than average time among similarly priced luxury crossovers.

 

Fuel economy ratings are 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 17/23/19 for all-wheel-drive models. When properly equipped, the MKX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

 

Safety Leasing Lincoln

 

Standard Safety Leasing Lincoln equipment for the MKX includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The MyKey system that allows owners to limit a vehicle's top speed and radio volume is also standard. A blind-spot warning system is optional, as is a collision warning system that's bundled with the adaptive cruise control.

 

In Edmunds brake testing, an MKX with the available 20-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 133 feet. This is about 10 feet longer than the class average.

 

In government crash tests, the Lincoln MKX received an overall rating of four stars (out of five). Within that rating, it earned three stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Leasing Lincoln gave the MKX its highest rating of "Good" for frontal-offset and side-impact protection and a second-best "Acceptable" for roof-strength integrity.

 

Interior Design and Special Features Lincoln Lease

 

The 2013 Lincoln MKX boasts a well-trimmed cabin with handsome stitching, real aluminum accents and quality materials throughout.

 

The standard MyLincoln Touch interface consists of three display screens and the ability to input commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions via voice, touch controls or buttons on the steering wheel. It's a smart idea in theory, and it does provide some nice customization possibilities. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved, and even with this year's update, we've found the system can be slow to respond and the touchscreen's icons difficult to locate and press on the move. If you test-drive an MKX, make sure you spend plenty of time with MyLincoln Touch to determine if it's something you'll be OK with.

 

In terms of practicality, the MKX fares better. Both rows of seats offer plenty of space -- particularly in back, where three people can fit comfortably. This is one area where the MKX beats out smaller models like the Q5 and GLK. Behind the seats there are 32.3 cubic feet of available cargo space. Flip down the second row and capacity expands to 69 cubic feet, which is again a competitive advantage. However, crossovers like the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350 hold even more.

 

Driving Impressions Leasing a Lincoln

 

The MKX's 3.7-liter V6 is smooth and furnishes respectable acceleration, though the transmission can sometimes be reluctant to downshift unless you nearly floor the throttle pedal. The steering effort is decently weighted, while handling -- if not as sporty as the athletes of this class -- is certainly competent, with a buttoned-down demeanor around corners. The ride quality is comfortable, though opting for the 20- and 22-inch wheels brings about some added firmness that might not fit with your expectations of a Lincoln. At highway speeds, the MKX's cabin is notably quiet.

 

 

Lease a Lincoln MKZ

 

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ marks Lincoln's first step toward reclaiming some of the prestige it enjoyed nearly half a century ago. And while the new MKZ rides on the same platform as its mainstream Ford Fusion relative, it's a notable improvement from the typical half-hearted rebadging of a Ford we've come to expect from Lincoln.

 

The first thing people will likely notice about the MKZ is its styling. The split grille, a modern take on the late-1930s Lincoln Zephyr models, is followed by sleek sheet metal that wraps tightly around its four doors. A sweeping roof line/deck lid and a full-width LED taillight panel finish it off in high style. Adding more visual (and visceral) excitement is the available glass roof whose front portion slides back over the rear window. You may or may not like it, but at the minimum the MKZ is one of the most distinctive-looking cars in its class.

 

In addition to the same peppy yet thrifty turbocharged four-cylinder and hybrid powertrains offered in the Fusion, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ also offers a 300-horsepower V6, which further serves to differentiate the MKZ from its Fusion cousin. Even the method of selecting gears is unique, as rather than a shifter sprouting from the console or steering column, there is a row of easily accessed buttons high up on the center stack. Also helping out the MKZ is a generous array of standard and optional high-tech features, including adaptive cruise control, LED headlights and multicontour front seats.

 

There's no question that Lincoln has packed a lot of kit into its newest MKZ. But the end result is a little disappointing. You can still get most of its high-end features on the Fusion, for instance, and for a price that's thousands of dollars cheaper. And in comparison with other entry-level luxury sedans, the MKZ loses points for its finicky MyLincoln Touch electronics interface, underwhelming interior quality and less spacious seating. In contrast, the 2013 Lexus ES has a more luxurious and inviting interior, while the Acura TL and Volvo S60 provide stronger six-cylinder power in addition to their available all-wheel-drive traction. If you want a sportier sedan, the 2013 BMW 3 Series is a better choice.

 

Overall, the MKZ has some nice qualities, and we like the effort put forth to make it more distinctive than in years past. The MKZ Hybrid also stands out as one of only a few entry-level luxury sedans capable of returning more than 40 mpg. But overall, we think shoppers should take a look at some of the aforementioned cars before going ahead with a purchase of this newest Lincoln.

 

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options Lincoln Lease

 

The Lincoln MKZ is a midsize luxury sedan that comes in two trim levels, MKZ and MKZ Hybrid.

 

The well-equipped MKZ and MKZ Hybrid come with 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, adaptive suspension dampers, keyless ignition/entry (with an outside keypad), dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats with power lumbar, driver memory settings, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and full power accessories. Also standard are the Sync voice command system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface and an 11-speaker sound system with CD player, auxiliary/USB/iPod input jacks and satellite radio.

 

Most options are grouped into packages that build upon each other. The Select equipment package includes front bumper accent lights, an auto-dimming driver sideview mirror, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, wood steering wheel trim, ambient lighting and HD radio. The Reserve equipment package adds to that a navigation system, a blind spot detection system with cross-traffic alert, a power close trunk lid, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. The Preferred equipment package includes all that as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, heated rear seats, a 110-volt power point and a premium 14-speaker surround-sound audio system.

 

There is also the Technology package, which includes adaptive cruise control, an automated parallel parking system, a lane departure/keeping system, collision warning/mitigation, automatic headlights and automatic windshield wipers.

 

Individual option highlights include 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, a standard sunroof, a panoramic glass roof with integral sunroof, multicontour front seats, a power rear sunshade and airbag-embedded rear seatbelts.

 

Lease Lincoln Powertrains and Performance

 

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ offers three engine choices. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the base engine and generates 240 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls is standard, as is front-wheel drive (FWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional.

 

In Edmunds testing, an MKZ with AWD and the 2.0 turbo accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is an average time for this class of car. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with FWD. The AWD version rates 22/31/25.

 

The optional 3.7-liter V6 produces 300 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It also has a standard six-speed automatic (with paddle shifters) and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive MKZ with the V6 ran from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, a below-average time for a six-cylinder entry-luxury sedan. The V6 with front-wheel drive rates 19/28/22 for fuel economy, while the V6 with AWD rates 18/26/21.

 

Then there's the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which employs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for a combined 188 hp. It's front-wheel-drive only and uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to earn impressive fuel economy ratings of 45 mpg across the board. We haven't tested an MKZ Hybrid, but the similar Fusion Hybrid posted an 8.4-second time to 60 mph, which is on par with the Lexus ES 300h. While this is not a record-breaking performance, it is on the quicker end of the spectrum for hybrid vehicle acceleration.

 

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Standard Safety Leasing Lincoln features include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side-impact airbags, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ also features Ford's programmable MyKey system, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume for their young drivers. Optional equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and lane assist (it automatically helps the driver keep the car in its lane), collision warning with brake support, and airbag-embedded rear seatbelts.

 

In Edmunds brake testing, an MKZ with the regular (all-season) tires stopped from 60 mph in 121 feet, an average distance for this segment.

 

The government has crash tested the MKZ and given the car five stars (out of a possible five) for overall crash Safety Leasing Lincoln, with five stars for total frontal-impact protection and four stars for total side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Leasing Lincoln (IIHS) tests, the MKZ earned a top score of "Good" in the organization's frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The IIHS also gave the MKZ a second-best score of "Acceptable" for its new "small overlap" frontal-offset test.

 

Interior Design and Special Features Lincoln Lease

 

Inside, the 2013 MKZ has a futuristic feeling created by the flowing center stack and console that are devoid of protruding knobs, buttons and levers. Overall materials quality is acceptable for this class of car; however, little things like thinly padded door panels and hollow-feeling gear-selector buttons can remind you that your car is still a cousin to the more plebeian Fusion.

 

The touchscreen has a clean layout, and can conveniently display four functions -- navigation, audio, climate and phone -- in easily read and neatly divided quadrants. But we have mixed feelings as far as the ergonomics go. Though the touch controls are more responsive than the earlier version of MyFord/MyLincoln Touch, they still require a more precise finger prod than traditional push buttons. There's not even a volume knob anymore. Alleviating this somewhat is the fact that one may also use the excellent voice command system, but that's little consolation to those who don't like talking to their car.

 

Although the MKZ is related to the normally roomy Fusion, its styling changes have resulted in less interior room. Some folks may find the front seating position a bit confining, partially because of the high center console. In back, there's seating for three people, though Lincoln has essentially sculpted it for two people. Normal-sized adults should be pretty comfortable, but the car's coupelike roof line might cause headroom issues for taller passengers.

 

The MKZ does have a respectably sized trunk, with 15.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the non-hybrid models; the hybrid has only 11.1 cubic feet, due to the battery pack that intrudes into the trunk space. The non-hybrid version also features a 60/40 split-folding rear seat whereas the hybrid does not.

 

Driving Impressions Leasing a Lincoln

 

Equipped with the standard 18-inch all-season tires, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ offers a comfortable, quiet ride on the highway and bumpy city streets -- exactly what you'd expect of an entry-level luxury sedan. On the other hand, an MKZ test car with the optional 19-inch wheels and summer tires rode stiffly and let more noise into the cabin on the highway. Accordingly, our recommendation to consumers is to stick with the standard 18-inch tires.

 

With the V6 under the hood, the MKZ provides suitable and satisfying performance, but acceleration is still quite acceptable with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Between the two gas-powered engines, though, the four-cylinder is our choice given that it's cheaper and returns better fuel economy.

 

Although it's not as sporting as potential rivals like the Cadillac ATS or Volvo S60, the MKZ handles well around turns. We're partial to the turbocharged 2.0-liter model in this regard as well. The four-cylinder MKZ is lighter, and it feels sharper and more entertaining around the tight turns you might encounter on a back-roads detour. The MKZ's all-wheel-drive system doesn't offer a tremendous dynamic advantage on dry roads, but if you live in an area of the country that gets significant winter snowfall, this option is worth considering.

 

While down on power, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is generally as pleasant to drive as the gasoline-only MKZs. It rides smoothly, and acceleration is adequate for daily use around town. There's generally enough passing power on the highway, too, especially if you plan ahead. The hybrid model's regenerative braking takes some getting used to, though, and inching forward or backward into a parking stall takes a delicate touch on the brake pedal.

 

 

Lease a Lincoln MKS

 

Long known as a purveyor of large, comfy cars that simulate the experience of being in your living room, Lincoln is trying to reinvent both its image and its vehicle lineup in an effort to attract a more youthful clientele. At the upper end of this revitalized lineup, you'll find the 2014 Lincoln MKS. Boasting an available 365-horsepower turbocharged V6, dramatic styling and a spacious, leather-lined cabin loaded with the latest high-tech features, the MKS appears to check all the boxes for a large luxury sedan.

 

Alas, there are a few rough edges. Most problematic is that the MKS just isn't different enough from its corporate sibling, the Ford Taurus. Particularly inside the cabin, you never really escape the feeling that you're just driving a more expensive Ford with the same frustrating electronics interface that's slow to respond and prone to freezing up. And while the Lincoln is quick when equipped with the available turbocharged EcoBoost V6, it's a large, heavy car and you feel all of those pounds as you go down the road. The MKS is serviceable as a highway cruiser, but it's definitely not a sport sedan.

 

In addition, the 2014 Lincoln MKS competes with some heavy hitters. Given the lofty starting price on the EcoBoost version, you might conceivably shop this Lincoln against higher-end midsize luxury sedans like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, all of which are vastly more refined but significantly more expensive when similarly equipped. More likely, you'll be comparing the MKS with similarly priced cars like Cadillac's CTS and XTS, the Chrysler 300 and the Hyundai Genesis. All of these sedans have fresher, less derivative designs, but the XTS, in particular, stands out, as it offers interior room on par with that of the MKS and is quite a bit more enjoyable to drive.

 

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options Lincoln Lease

 

The 2014 Lincoln MKS sedan comes in three trim levels: FWD, AWD and EcoBoost.

 

The FWD and AWD models come with standard 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, rear parking sensors, adaptive xenon headlamps, automatic high beams, foglamps, remote start, keyless ignition/entry, exterior keypad entry and heated mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming.

 

Inside you'll find leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats with driver memory settings and four-way lumbar adjustment, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, Sync voice control, the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface, mobile WiFi, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

 

The MKS EcoBoost is similarly equipped but comes with a turbocharged engine, standard all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels.

 

There are several optional packages. The Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Technology package features adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation system, lane-keeping assist and automated parallel-parking assist. The Elite package includes blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, front multicontour seats with a massage feature, power-adjustable pedals, a power rear sunshade, a premium 16-speaker surround-sound audio system (with HD radio), a navigation system and a premium wood accent package.

 

The only major stand-alone options are 20-inch wheels (for FWD and AWD) and a dual-panel sunroof.

 

Lease Lincoln Powertrains and Performance

 

The FWD (front-wheel-drive) and AWD (all-wheel-drive) models use the same powertrain: a 3.7-liter V6 matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine generates 305 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/28 highway mpg and 22 mpg combined. With AWD, those numbers drop to 18/26/21.

 

The all-wheel-drive EcoBoost model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, an MKS EcoBoost sprinted to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

 

Safety Leasing Lincoln

 

The 2014 Lincoln MKS comes standard with stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Also standard is a MyKey feature that allows owners to set certain driving parameters for teen drivers. Sync also offers an emergency crash notification service that automatically dials 911 in the event of an airbag deployment.

 

Adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support (it primes the brake system to reduce braking distances for an ensuing panic stop) is available as an option, as are blind-spot/cross-traffic warning systems and lane-keeping assist.

 

In government crash tests, the MKS earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with five out of five stars being given for overall front-impact protection and overall side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Leasing Lincoln testing, the MKS earned a top rating of "Good" for its Safety Leasing Lincoln in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength testing.

 

Interior Design and Special Features Lincoln Lease

 

The 2014 MKS features an attractive cabin with sweeping lines and a subtle ambient lighting system that adds to the luxury vibe. Materials quality and fit and finish are generally very good, although several items such as the turn signals are shared with lesser Fords. It's a small detail, but one that makes cars from Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz feel more special.

 

The standard MyLincoln Touch interface consists of three display screens and the ability to input commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions via voice, touch controls or buttons on the steering wheel. It's a smart idea in theory, and it provides some nice customization possibilities. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved and the system is slow to react to touch inputs and prone to glitches that cause it to freeze up and reboot unexpectedly. Furthermore, the touch-sensitive sliders that replace the traditional volume and fan speed knobs may look futuristic, but they're fussy to use.

 

A large sedan, the 2014 MKS offers plenty of interior and cargo space, with generous head- and legroom. However, the front seat area feels oddly confining despite the voluminous scale due to the car's rising beltline, thick roof pillars and tall center console. Rear passenger comfort is commendable, though, as the high-mounted seat provides especially good thigh support. The trunk is one of the largest you'll find, with a capacity of 19.2 cubic feet.

 

Driving Impressions Leasing a Lincoln

 

The 2014 Lincoln MKS feels like the big, solid car it is when driven down the freeway. The steering is responsive and well weighted and provides a welcome sense of control. However, the MKS lacks the ride quality refinement of most similarly priced luxury sedans. In terms of engines, the base 3.7-liter V6 is sufficient for moving the big and heavy MKS. The EcoBoost V6 is very spirited, providing the swift and effortless acceleration you'd expect from a V8.

 

Lease a Lincoln MKT

 

Thanks to good genes, the seven-passenger 2014 Lincoln MKT does a lot of things right. Based on the highly regarded Ford Flex, the Lincoln MKT shares much of that large crossover wagon's attributes. These include solid all-around performance, comfortable seating and a well-built cabin with a satisfying array of high-tech features. Given that the MKT is the Ford's uptown cousin, you'd expect it to be even better -- and certainly, it has a more luxurious cabin ambience. Compared with the box-shaped Ford, though, this more stylized Lincoln crossover comes up a little short in the utility department.

 

First, the positives. The Lincoln's interior boasts a classy design, high-quality materials and plenty of sound insulation to ensure a tranquil ride on those long road trips. You won't be wanting for luxury and convenience features either, as even the base MKT comes pretty loaded, while options include automated parallel-parking assist, heated and ventilated second-row seats and a lane-departure warning/avoidance system. The MKT also has a confident attitude on the highway, and when equipped with the available 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine, it's pretty quick.

 

However, the 2014 Lincoln MKT's swept-back roof line and sloping rear window translate to less interior volume -- compared with both the boxy Flex and most other three-row luxury crossovers. As a result, there's less space available for cargo and passengers riding in the third row. Another annoyance is the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface (which is similar to the MyFord Touch system in the Flex): It looks slick, but it can be annoying to use due to the sluggish response from the touch-activated controls.

 

These might not seem like major demerits, but the 2014 Lincoln MKT competes in a segment with some highly desirable models. Parked tire-to-tire with other three-row luxury crossover SUVs such as the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Buick Enclave and Infiniti QX60, the MKT simply isn't best in show. The Acura is both more useful for families and more engaging to drive, while the Buick is amazingly roomy and the Audi and Infiniti offer more fuel-efficient engine options. The Flex shouldn't be discounted either, since it's essentially the same vehicle as the MKT, yet costs thousands less. That said, if you're drawn to the unusual design of this Lincoln, it's still worth a test-drive.

 

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options Lincoln Lease

 

The 2014 Lincoln MKT is offered in two trim levels: MKT and MKT with EcoBoost.

 

Standard MKT equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic high beams, keyless ignition/entry, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, 60/40-split-fold heated second-row seats (outboard only),  50/50-split-folding third-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, tri-zone automatic climate control, retractable manual second-row sunshades and a 110-volt power outlet. Electronic features include the Sync voice command system, the MyLincoln Touch electronics interface, mobile WiFi, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB/iPod interface.

 

The MKT EcoBoost model adds a more powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension dampers with three driver-selectable modes.

 

The Elite package (EcoBoost trim only) adds a power-folding/tumble third row (with tailgate seating feature), a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and a 14-speaker premium audio system.

 

A Technology package (available only in combination with the Elite package) includes adaptive cruise control, a collision-mitigation system with brake support, a lane-keeping alert/assist system and an automatic parallel-parking assist system.

 

Stand-alone options for the EcoBoost model include 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated sliding second-row captain's chairs (which reduce capacity from seven to six passengers), a second-row refrigerator console (between the captain's chairs), a power panoramic glass roof and metallic interior trim.

 

Lease Lincoln Powertrains and Performance

 

Standard MKT models have a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 303 hp and 278 pound-feet of torque. It drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg combined (17 mpg city/25 mpg highway).

 

The Lincoln MKT EcoBoost has a more powerful turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system are standard. Fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway).

 

Safety Leasing Lincoln

 

The 2014 Lincoln MKT comes standard with rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags covering all three rows. Parents will also appreciate the standard MyKey feature that restricts wheelspin, vehicle speed and audio volume for teen drivers. The second-row airbag-fortified seatbelts are available on both models. Sync also offers emergency crash notification that automatically dials 911 in the event of an airbag deployment.

 

Safety Leasing Lincoln features that are available only on the EcoBoost model include a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane departure warning system with lane keeping assist, and a collision warning and mitigation system with brake support. This system flashes a warning on the windshield when sensors detect slower-moving traffic ahead and then pre-charges the brake system to reduce braking distances for a potential panic stop.

 

In a simulated panic stop during Edmunds testing, the MKT stopped from 60 mph in an acceptable distance of 127 feet.

 

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Leasing Lincoln testing, the MKT earned a top rating of "Good" for its performance in moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact and roof-strength testing.

 

Interior Design and Special Features Lincoln Lease

 

The three-row MKT's interior is available with six- or seven-passenger seating -- it comes down to a choice of bench seating or captain's chairs in the middle row. Either way, Lincoln's large crossover offers handsome styling and upscale materials, including premium leather upholstery and genuine wood trim. The high-quality stitching on all the seats adds to the cabin's upscale vibe.

 

The standard MyLincoln Touch interface consists of three display screens and gives owners the ability to input commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions via voice, touch controls or buttons on the steering wheel. It's a smart idea in theory, and it does provide some handy customization possibilities. Unfortunately, there's a learning curve involved, and we've found the system can occasionally be slow to respond, while the touchscreen's icons can be difficult to locate and press on the move. On the upside, the voice recognition interface is pretty robust, and it's a less distracting alternative to the touchscreen, especially when you're still getting familiar with MyLincoln Touch.

 

On paper, at least, the 2014 MKT offers sufficient passenger and cargo space for this class of vehicle, with adequate head- and legroom plus cargo capacity that begins at 17.9 cubic feet (behind the third row) and tops out at 75.9 cubic feet (with its second- and third-row seats folded). Second-row passengers will generally find enough room for comfortable cruising, but the third row is snug by adult standards and tighter on headroom than many competitors. In addition, rivals like the Enclave and MDX offer considerably more cargo space.

 

Driving Impressions Leasing a Lincoln

 

Of the two available trim levels, the 2014 Lincoln MKT EcoBoost would be our choice, as its powerful turbocharged V6 engine shrugs off the big crossover's considerable weight and provides brisk performance. Meanwhile, the non-turbo 3.7-liter V6 in the base MKT provides adequate acceleration in most situations and should satisfy most shoppers.

 

We've yet to drive a Lincoln MKT with the adaptive suspension and will update this section upon doing so. In general, however, the MKT provides a smooth highway ride. Around turns, the MKT feels steady and secure. Due to its length, though, it can feel ponderous in tight parking garages, and you'll want to use extra care in these situations.