By on November 25, 2009

Tooney, if not tiny

The Lincoln MKT is a Looney Tunes cartoon: based on previously made creations, packaged into something unique. While the animated series started from the Warner Brother’s impressive music library, the MKT comes from an old Volvo S80 platform, sharing a motor with the Mazda6. So both creations are downright looney. Which explains the MKT’s krill filtering grille: silly in pictures, insane in natural sunlight where it’s obvious that 40% of it’s toothy smile is blocked off by solid plastic paneling. Which probably says more about the current state of Lincoln better than anything else.

While the Lincoln MKT’s design is proportionally derivative and stylistically challenged, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Still, the MKT’s droopy butt sticks out like a sore lincolnmktintthumb in any lighting condition outside of a PR-coordinated photo shoot: even the oversized, italicized “T” on the decklid badging reeks of branding desperation.

Sure, the not-so-subtle beltline kick pays homage to the Continental Mark IV and the taillights are Mark VIII-ish, but the MKT’s boxy fenders with a lack of “Pre-War Continental” flare and cargo killing slant back design take the 1930’s coachbuilt-era’s hallmarks to dangerously bizarre heights. Then again, it happens when you design a CUV around other people’s hard points (so to speak). If there’s one reason to buy a wannabe-xB Ford Flex, here it is.

The interior is a less obvious desecration to the Lincoln brand, as the once favorable opinions on the Lincoln Navigator are history. But Navigator never died, and it’s brilliant combination of masculine haunches and day-spa like ambiance both charm and disarm any occupant.

The MKT’s cabin is awash in the luxury hallmarks of others: Lexus-like soft curves, Acura’s swoopy slabs of wood and an awkward Volvo-homage from the (inelegant) negative area behind the center stack. The flimsy wheel-mounted shift paddles are laughable, but the center console’s armrest sits higher than their door-mounted counterparts: FAIL. The steering wheels’ misaligned wood grain inlay is a sad cost cutting measure (ironically) not found on the earlier, badge engineered, Lincoln MK-Zephyr: a proper hunk of oak on the wheel is mandatory at this price point.

Luckily, someone sweated the other details. The white LED backed, chrome ringed gauges are bright, futuristic and elegant. Most anything touchable is wrapped in a leather-like material with triple stitching. The THX-fettled audio is stellar and the navigation’s GUI might be the most straightforward on the planet. Even the first two rows of seating provide adequate comfort and luxury, for a brand formerly known for being anything but adequate.

Get the MKT moving and you experience the good and bad of Ford’s recent decisions. In the 4500lb, two-wheel drive Lincoln CUV, Ford’s Duratec 3.7L six-pot is a pleasant surprise: paired with a reasonably quick six-speed autobox there’s enough grunt to light up the twenty-inch wheels, launching the MKT through the intersection in a flash of blinking traction control advisories.

lincolnmktrearAnd that’s just first gear. The MKT flies down the highway with sports car authority: nice, until you remember that front-wheel-drive and impressive power don’t mix. Wheel-jerking torque steer makes straight-line duties cumbersome, so turning the MKT with a modicum of throttle authority is entirely out of the question. While flat-ish handling is one the “D3” chassis strong suits, there’s too much power to finesse those front wheels.

Then again, the entire affair is no less artificial than a Lexus RX. Which isn’t damning the MKT with faint praise, considering this platform’s international heritage. And who buys a FWD wannabe-SUV for cornering pleasure?

These vehicles are about a pleasant ride. And the MKT doesn’t disappoint, except when it does. The ride is suitably floaty, without the pavement joint obliterating motions of the Navigator equipped with a similar set of twenty-inch rolling stock. In case you missed the underlying problem, remember that fragile products require air-suspended trucks for Interstate transport. That said, the adaptive cruise control works brilliantly for long distance cruising: too bad this system’s soul mate, the Lincoln Town Car, continues to live (thrive?) in the Stone Age.

But wait, there’s less! The four-passenger MKT carries about the same amount of cargo (third row folded) as a five-passenger Taurus from the Jac Nasser era, netting terrible fuel economy in the process. And think twice before towing (the rated) 4500lbs, even with EcoBoost motivating the car-based transaxle and unitized frame. While the MKT is more palatable than today’s Navigator, that’s not a very sincere compliment.

Unless the D3 platform’s voodoo sales curse magically disappears at the sight of the MKT’s grinning face, this abomination is doomed from the start. But the sooner the MKT dies, the sooner Lincoln will realize their heart and soul is in their core offerings. And, with any luck, they’ll stop neglecting them this time. Which is what we’ve been waiting for…for several decades.

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59 Comments on “Review: Lincoln MKT Take Two...”


  • avatar
    jward35

    The 2nd row is not ‘adequate’. It is best in class by a long way.

    How can you acuse Lincoln of any neglect whatsoever when they have the freshest product line up of any luxury car maker in America? Ford is investing geavily in Lincoln with more to come.

    • 0 avatar

      Because it’s pretty obvious that Ford’s been neglecting Lincoln’s core offerings for years/decades only to throw global, (dare I say it) Nasser-era, Jaguar, Mazda and Volvo reskins in the past few years in hopes of fixing their underlying problems on the cheap.  And hoping they can make a significant dent in Lexus sales’ and more importantly profit margins. So far, it hasn’t happened.
      LS = dead.  Continental = dead.  Town Car = might as well be dead.  Navigator = on its way to being the next Town Car.
      Sounds like a slam-dunk case of neglect to me.

    • 0 avatar

      Jamie

      The currectly Lincoln Lineup in no way compares with the lineups from companies like Lexus and BMW – but, every single Lincoln carries a premium price.

      As far as I’m concerned, the FORD cars the MKS, MKZ, MKT and MKX  are based on are the better deals.

      TTAC is right…if you take an  MKS over a SHO you’re a fool.

      fortunately with Mercedes Benz, I don’t have to make these kind of decisions.

  • avatar

    Yeap.

  • avatar

    I also drove one of these, but after Takes one and two there’s no need to pile on. Well, except in the comments.

    My overall rating is worse than Sajeev’s but better than RF’s (can’t be worse than RF’s). The engine makes decent power, but NVH is subpar for a Taurus, much less an expensive Lincoln. Definitely experienced the torque steer. Didn’t experience anything resembling good handling or ride quality.

    I’m not sure what D3 platform car has the good handling attributed to it in the review. From my first drive in a D3 Volvo I wondered why Ford thought it was such a good basis for their own cars.

    The ride isn’t only harsher than it ought to be, but the body audibly flexes over many pumps. This isn’t viable today.

    The third row is awful even compared to other third rows. There’s very little headroom,  so adults can’t even fit in a pinch unless they want to scrunch down.

    The Ford Flex is a much better choice.

    TrueDelta doesn’t have many of these signed up yet. Have they sold many? The related MKS and Flex have recently been about average in reliability.

    Car Reliability Survey

  • avatar
    sitting@home

    Baleen whales filter krill with their teeth. Kelp is seaweed.

  • avatar
    klossfam

    The MKT needs to be seen in the flesh to capture the true hideousness of the design…I speed by Ford-Lincoln dealer and adjust my noggin’ 30 degrees away from the MKT everytime I pass by…It’s that horrific.
    It’s a real toss up nowadays for ugliest overall vehicle.  My current Top 3 are:
    1.  MKT
    2.  Honda Crosstour
    3.  Tie – Infiniti FX and Acura ZDX

    • 0 avatar
      drifter

      I can think three BMWs uglier or equally ugly:
      X6, 5GT and M6coupe.

    • 0 avatar
      klossfam

      Drifter – Good picks but I’m trying to involve multiple manufacturers in the ugliness game…If I were to go single auto maker, it would be Acura ZDX, Acura TL and Acura RL…or perhaps the Honda-version, Crosstour, Pilot and Insight

    • 0 avatar
      davey49

      and those 4 are all pretty good cars

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t think the MKS looks bad, although I criticize it. My uncle who currently has an MKZ showed me a really sexy grill that he wants to get for his new MKS when he takes his lease back to Country West Lincoln/Mercury

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LINCOLN-MKS-2009-T-REX-CHROME-MESH-UPPER-GRILL-GRILLE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3ef6330b8aQQitemZ270418512778QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

      What I will say is that if you take all the glitz off this car it looks too much like a Lexus or a Genesis.

  • avatar
    rpol35

    Way too ugly to even discuss!

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    I have to agree with klossfam; if you think it’s ugly in the yearbook photos, wait’ll ya pass this kid in the hall. Wow.

    I just can’t find a single angle from which this thing looks attractive.

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    Baleen whales don’t really have teeth. They have baleen plates, which are flexible as well as fibrous/fuzzy towards the tips.

  • avatar
    educatordan

    Spent 4 days in Chicago at the end of October and was ferried around most of the time in Crown Victoria cabs (with a couple of Chevy Venture minivans thrown in to break up the monotony).  My final day in Chi-town, I learned that there was an executive car service that would take me to the airport for a few dollar cheaper than the taxi, so I ordered one.
     
    What did they arrive in?  Not a Town Car but a Ford Flex!  It was black with a white roof, chrome wheels, and a black leather interior.  Yes the interior was a bit depressing (I’m the kind of guy that would buy a wood grain dash kit just to break things up a bit) but after riding in it I couldn’t think of a single damn reason that someone should by the Lincoln, other than badge snobbery.  It was not an eco-bosted model but it felt pretty sprightly, this ride put the Flex on my short list of cars to consider.

    • 0 avatar
      Via Nocturna

      Lincoln? Badge snobbery? Really, now.
       
      The silver paint on this one hasn’t improved the looks at all. If you could affix a giant handle to the roof, it would like like something Paul Bunyan would use to iron his clothes. Alternatively, if you flip it on its roof, it looks like a big brushed nickel bathtub. What a mess.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Well, I have to give this car something: in person, it’s nowhere near as bulky or bizarre as it appears in pictures.  If you can get over the rear treatment, it’s actually not bad.
     
    Up close, it’s the closest any car has some to the traditional large wagon “shape” since the Caprice/Roadmaster.  Up close and in persion, it’s quite nice.  Pity you have to get past the photos, the price and, quite honestly, the Lexus RX in order to want to buy one.

  • avatar
    NN

    This car is the most baroque styled American car in a long time…reminds of of 80′s American cars.  That’s not a great thing by any means, but hell, it’s different…and those of us who get small bits of enjoyment out of such cultural differences can find it interesting.  Kind of makes me want to drive one and just tell everyone else to kiss my baroque ass.
     
     
     
     

    • 0 avatar
      Len_A

      NN, I couldn’t agree with you more. I, for one (as well as my wife), like the MKT’s different look, and baroque describes the styling very well. It’s on my short list, and telling everyone, who doesn’t like it, to genuflect and pay homage to my fat baroque ass works for me as well.

  • avatar
    NickR

    From the rear, it looks like a cylon (not the new Tricia Helfer cylon) the 80s cylon.

    This is indeed one of the vehicles that I’d simply refuse to buy based on looks alone.

  • avatar
    Lemmy-powered

    “…the MKT’s krill filtering grille: silly in pictures, insane in natural sunlight where it’s obvious that 40% of it’s toothy smile is blocked off by solid plastic paneling. Which probably says more about the current state of Lincoln better than anything else.”

    Noticed exactly the same thing on a new Mazda 3 today.

    Automakers: Kill this trend before it spreads.

     

  • avatar
    Russycle

    I actually like that rear end, but it doesn’t go with the rest of the vehicle.  Maybe if they’d gone for a PT Cruiser on steroids it would work….or maybe not.

  • avatar
    jnik

    The Lincoln commercial says it all;   It opens with a side view of the MKT and the grille turns toward us.  Then the song starts, “And it’s something quite peculiar”.

  • avatar
    pb35

    The door and center armrests aren’t the same height on the Volvo XC60 either. A minor issue for sure but I wouldn’t consider one based on that fact alone.

    As for the MKT, I stopped at my local Ford/Lincoln/Mercury store a few weeks back to have a look for myself. I opened the passenger door and two of the carpeted panels where the trans tunnel would be were severly mis-aligned. I attempted to press the panels into place but they popped right back out. Unacceptable at $20k, much less $50k!

  • avatar
    NoSubstitute

    Really, does anyone care what anyone else thinks about styling?

  • avatar
    john.fritz

    As much as I love the Town Car and its corresponding platform, you are 100% correct with the Stone Age remark. But the beauty of that car is that, even with its outdated engineering, Ford hasn’t gotten around to fucking it up yet. Oh, but they will. Just wait for the new and improved Town Car abomination to be created based on some other cannibalized FWD platform. Much like this thing was. Hopefully by that time this roach will be history but its replacement(s) probably won’t be anything much better.
     
    And let me tell you, that is gonna be one sad, sad day when they finally yank the rear wheel drive out from under that Town Car. The mismanagement and waste of that entire platform has been absolutely criminal.

    • 0 avatar
      Damage

      With all due respect to you, I can’t believe the TC has fans. Who buys it, except Avis? I had the “pleasure” of renting one not long ago; it was basically a Crown Vic with cheap, vinyl-feeling leather. My ’97 Mark VIII was a better car in every way…better equipped, with better-quality materials. Since the 90s, rear-drive Lincolns have visibly gone downhill.

    • 0 avatar
      MadHungarian

      Having owned a ’92 Town Car and now an ’05, I have to agree that in some ways the ’92 was a better built car.  Certainly the quality of interior materials was higher.  It would be higher still if I went back to the ’77 Town Car I had in about 1990, or the ’62 Continental I will have one of these days when my ship comes in.  It’s a problem not unique to Lincoln.

      I would also say that the cutoff point when Ford stopped trying on the Town Car was when they closed Wixom.  My ’05 is from the second last year of Wixom production and the last year you could still order a high optioned version.  The last 4 years, Ford has been de-contenting the TC to taxi levels.  That’s the problem.  Every dollar invested in this ugly bloated crossover could have been used to keep IMPROVING the TC and making it a world class RWD sedan.

  • avatar
    Billy215

    I like the styling. Both the Flex and the MKT are bold and distinctive vs. a homogenous set of competitors.
     
    What looked silly was passing by a Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealer and seeing the Fusion-MKZ-Milan triplets in a row on the front lawn. Toyota doesn’t sell an Es350 next to a Camry.

  • avatar
    Ion

    I found it to be way too high off the ground in person. The MKT has an estate shape and feel to it, it should lower to the ground like an estate not high off like some shoe shapped SUV.

    I also completely disagree on the interior this is light years ahead of the plasticky Navigator and seemingly every other Lincoln of the past decade.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    It really is criminal what Ford has done to Lincoln.  Once a shining, competitive luxury brand…now, just expensive trim levels on a Ford…and an embarrassment to the term “luxury brand”.
     
    And I just don’t understand the point of this Flex rebadge.  Sure it’s a fairly decent vehicle…but is there really enough people looking to buy an overpriced Flex?  This review as well as RFs review really paint the Lincoln Flex for what it is…useless.
     
    Lincoln’s efforts would have been much better spent elsewhere.

    • 0 avatar
      davey49

      In what year was Lincoln competitive? 1956?

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Lincoln started to become a good car with the MKVII LSC.  Loved mine.  then the LS.  Too heavy, but still on the right track.  Then….*crickets chirping*  NOTHING.  Yeah the MKZ is pretty good, but as a high line Ford/Mercury.  The interior falls far short.  So, Ford has a lot of work to do if they are going to put Lincoln back on track.  THIS product is not going to do it.

  • avatar
    pacificpom2

    Ford Territory Ghia

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    Sajeev

    I am at a complete loss as to understanding this review.
    I am trying to make logical sense of it all, but cannot.
    YOU experienced “Wheel-jerking torque steer “????
    This in a vehicle weighing as much as an oil tanker?
    With a V6 naturally aspirited engine????
    I have owned an MKS with the 3.7 and now own an Ecoboosted.
    There is no way I could get torque steer in that beast…let alone this whale!
    You commented that even WITH the EcoBoosted 355 HP engine one should “think twice before towing (the rated) 4500lbs”?
    I guess I understand the chassis comment, but am unfamiliar with the changes made from the Volvo to this.
    In fact, MANT Fords have this chassis, including the Flex and the TaurusX…both recieved great reviews on this sight.
    And the Lincoln’s towing has been tested and commented on in many other reviews AFTER actual towings.
    Did you actually tow something?

    Look, I understand the disliking of the looks, everybody can differ on this.
    But these comments seem at complete contradiction to not only my experienses with this car and its motor, but with just about ever other review I have read.
    Yes, they don’t like its looks.
    But nowhere is such said about it’s 3.7 power causing torque stear or the Ecoboost not completely destroying all competition and being fantastic at towing.

    • 0 avatar

      I am at a complete loss as to understanding this review.
      I am trying to make logical sense of it all, but cannot.
      YOU experienced “Wheel-jerking torque steer “????
      This in a vehicle weighing as much as an oil tanker?
      With a V6 naturally aspirited engine???
      re: Torque steer…Yeah, I wouldn’t believe it either if I were you.  But it was there and it was pretty strong. I credit some of that to the quick 1st gear in the six speed autobox.  If your MKS didn’t torque steer in 1st gear, maybe the MKT has a quicker final drive.  I’ll let the B&B tell us that.
      re: Towing….This is an indirect reference to how the Navigator is superior to the MKT. No I didn’t tow with it, but Jack Baruth did tow his race car with his Flex and mentioned that is was a bit hairy to drive. (if he reads this, he can feel free to comment more on it. Or call me a dirty liar.)  Towing with minivans and CUVs in general is a bad idea: I have done that (one minivan and one CUV) and they simply can’t fight the laws of physics.
      Ecoboost will help in one obvious aspect of towing, but it’s not a truck frame:  since we live in America, we have access to so many superior tow vehicles.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      Well, yes.
      Yes, we live in a world of very fine towing vehicles.  But they don’t offer the luxury THIS car does.  The MKT is trying to make your travels to other states the most enjoyable you can get.
       Towing with this is a fantastic add-on.  Its NOT supposed to be a SUV.
      And getting the Ecoboost gives you a better suspension…I think.
      At least this is so in the MKS.
      And why compare this to a Navigator?
      That IS a truck getting 16 MPG.
      I jus gotta believe torque steer in this is gotten after you push the peddle to the mettle…NOT exactly what MKT buyers plan on doing.

    • 0 avatar

       
      I jus gotta believe torque steer in this is gotten after you push the peddle to the mettle…NOT exactly what MKT buyers plan on doing.
      If Lincoln buyers don’t run WOT, why bother with the 3.7L and EcoBoost upgrades?
      A car reviewer is supposed to floor it at least once on a drive.  And torque steer is what I got.  And if you haven’t hit your MKS that hard in a while, Commander Cody will get you in your sleep.  I’m just warning you. :-)

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      @Sajeev,
      My Flex is actually very good at towing. The long wheelbase makes it trouble-free and far better than anything short of an F-250 I’ve tried. It needs more power but my Flex is NOT an Ecoboost. It also need more brake, but for what I do (a 2200lb race car on an open trailer) it’s really just fine.
       
      If we did an MKT Take Three here, I would give it the best review yet. I am completely convinced by the MKT and the fact that there is a Volvo S80 somewhere under there upsets me about as much as the fact that there are still Toyota Tacoma elements in the Lexus GX.

    • 0 avatar
      Len_A

      I am a complete loss to understand the vitriol aim at the MKT. I love it’s looks, as does my wife. One of our neighbors traded in a 2007 Cadillac SRX for a Lincoln MKT Ecoboost, a person in the adjoining subdivision got rid of their Lexus RX for an MKT, so it’s got some fans out there. I test drove an AWD Flex last year, so I can’t speak about the torque steer in the FWD version, but I had none in the all wheel drive Flex.

  • avatar
    2Goldens

    This “thing” represents another one of Ford’s Wilco Tango Foxtrot moments. How much crystal meth was the management team smoking when they approved this monstrosity?

    Seriously…fifty large for this? In this economy? What the hell is Ford thinking?

  • avatar
    davey49

    Does the sound quality of the audio system make up for the cars faults? I’m thinking an ugly car with great audio is better than a pretty one with mediocre sound.

    • 0 avatar
      Len_A

      Haven’t either test driven or road in three 2009 Lincolns with the THX sound system, the answer is “H*ll yes”.  The THX sound system is up there, to me, in the top five of all high end factory sound systems. Coupled with Sync, it’s a joy to play with. On one test drive, I loaded a 2 Gig USB flash drive with music, and plugged it into the USB port in the console as soon as I started the car (an MKT). Drive was recognized and I had immediate voice control over all my tune, and the sound was better than my home theater sound system.

    • 0 avatar

      THX rocks.  Its only fault is that Lexus’ Levinson system has far more cabin filling mid-bass. That system is simply nuts, its like an aftermarket conversion without all the headaches of an aftermarket conversion.
      Not that I’ve heard them back to back, but THX is almost there.

    • 0 avatar
      Len_A

      My post should have said “Have either test driven or road in three 2009 Lincolns with the THX sound system” – too much multitasking (typing and drinking!:) .

      Mark Levinson system is great, but pricy. I’ll take the THX/Sync combination. Very user friendly, and great sound.

  • avatar
    ekay

    Too many positive Ford articles recently? Needed a double-snark on the MKT?
    This vehicle is not nearly as ugly as portrayed…in the flesh, it comes across as unique and certainly not to all tastes, but I think Ford should be commended for not just slapping a Lincoln badge on the Flex (Fusion/MKZ, ahem) or making another 7 passenger CUV-alike. (See Q7, Lambda quads for examples).
    This risk may not pan out….but Ford should be commended for what the Flex/MKT represent–creative, outside the box thinking non-existent a few years ago. The possibility of the next Mustang or minivan or Prius can only spring from risky ideas that see the light of day.
     

    • 0 avatar
      Len_A

      Very well said.

    • 0 avatar

      “This risk may not pan out….but Ford should be commended for what the Flex/MKT represent–creative, outside the box thinking non-existent a few years ago.”
      Even if the MKT didn’t make me wanna dig my eyeballs out with a spoon, this was a stupid move by management, plain and simple.  Only Ford can get away with proliferating a terminally-unappealing platform just because they aren’t like the other Detroit automakers.

    • 0 avatar
      ekay

      @SM….
      Can’t have big reward without risk…I’m not sure how many CUV/SUV/minivan buyers care about the relative merits of the D3 chassis…and I’d like a citation of competitors products that will truly smoke an ecoboost Flex or MKT in a real world situation (or where guys are autocrossing these behemoths on the weekend)…
      Is this old Volvo tech getting old? Absolutely. But I’d sooner see Ford invest in A/B/C  modernity than a large FWD D+ platform that underpins family trucksters.
      Doesn’t this site constantly push the premacy of RWD? Perhaps Ford is spending their big-car money in that direction? I would think you of all people might want Lincoln to get a shot at a Mustang derivative (Mark IX) or  Continental revival. Spending money to update a minivanish platform is the opposite type of progress, IMO….

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Yes, we live in a world of very fine towing vehicles.  But they don’t offer the luxury THIS car does.
     
    I can think of a few that do.  Of course, they cost a bit more….

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      psarhjinian

      I am trying to think of a non SUV that offers the lux this “thing” does.
      Can’t…but then I so full of turkey right now all my blood is being rushed somewhere other than my brain.
      The Caddy doesn’t, and never drove the Audis.  I have the Bimmers but really didn’t get that much satisfaction from them considering the cost.

      I am sorry, but I have spent some time now in these new Lincolns and cannot understand the reviews here.
      I must really be missing something.

      My ecoboost MKS is a joy.  Just wish they made the trunk opening large enough to get 
      something into it!!! 
      This monster here is not anywhere near as ugly as they say when you get to see and drive it.
      And though it has somewhat of a 1940(ish)  look, I just happen to like the retro lines of the Flex better.

      I really wish the  Flex was about 1/4 smaller…that would make it a really nice retro “woody” look.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Said it before and I’ll say it again: the best car for the bucks in this class is the Buick Enclave – it’s great to look at, inside and out, offers plenty of space and features, and it’s considerably cheaper than the MKT. 

    It doesn’t offer the twin-turbo, but seriously – who’s going to reenact “Ronin” in a car like this?

  • avatar
    tuckerdawg

    I had one of these coming at me head on going the wrong way with its driver talking on his cellphone. Looking at that stupid grill bearing down on me was enough to wish I had stayed home that day. If you see this monstrosity on the road, be afraid, very afraid…

  • avatar
    ivyinvestor

    “THX I/II” and “THX-Select” are criteria-based designations applied to certain components of these cars’ audio equipment (only in BMWs & Lincolns). Further, they are not systems in themselves, as THX is a certification, not a product.
    Anyone using a USB-device with ripped music might as well use something as poor as an iPod’s D/A converters to deliver their music: with horrid signal-to-noise ratios, overwashed dynamic ratios, and restricted upper and lower frequency bounds (compression eliminates extrema) those hyper-compressed gigs of music (220kbps or below) are actually worse than yester-decade’s Type I (neigh, II/chromium or IV/metal)  cassette tapes recording the frequency-bounded FM broadcasts of yore…
    And, regardless of how you compress your music on an iPod (even if it’s been retro-rigged with Burr-Browns), USB, or CF cards, it’s *still* not a THX “system” for the simple reason that there aren’t any such storage devices (iPods or other hdd-based storage/players), or media (recordable CDRs, CFs, or USB sticks) that are THX-certified…

  • avatar
    also Tom

    I just find it hard to believe this was designed and built on purpose.

  • avatar
    San Giuseppe

    At first blush, I didn’t like the MKT at all; but after stopping by the local LM dealer I think I like this more all the time.  It’s like a pug (dog) it’s so ugly it actually sort of cute.   If I needed such a vehicle I’d look at one.

  • avatar
    treedom

    David E. Davis loves this car. I think he is the only one.

    I’d much rather have a Ford Flex. The Flex’s styling has been described as a “Mini Cooper that swallowed a school bus”, which I happen to think is WAY FREAKING COOL. Make mine French blue with a white roof. I understand the Flex is now available with the honking Ecoboost motor too, in case 272 standard horses isn’t enough for you, and AWD if you’re not a fan of torque steer. Yeah, a top of the line Flex is really expensive, but even so it’s cheaper than the Lincoln version. Cooler car with same go-fast parts for less money. Flex FTW.


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  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • J & J Sutherland, Canada
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India