By on August 7, 2009

As my father would say, another myth exploded. Eddie Alterman brought David E. Davis back to Car and Driver to . . . what? Restore lost street cred? Re-connect with baby boomers who left the buff book in disgust at its fall from Wilkinsonian grace? Who knows. But one thing is for sure: Davis’ latest column is an unconscionable, virtually unreadable sop to Ford, CEO Alan Mulally and the dead-in-the-water Lincoln brand. Davis starts as he means to finish, deploying prose that’s the metaphorical equivalent of Huggy Bear’s wardrobe: “Mr. Mulally has now demonstrated beyond all doubt that he’s the real thing, and his revamped Ford Motor Company, with a terrific portfolio of new products, is rolling proof.” Strip away the Bend Down Low vibe and sure, you could make the case. But it doesn’t take Davis but a brace of paragraphs to stretch both credibility and credulity to the breaking point. “The Lincoln MKT is the latest of several new products that are helping Ford regain lost territory.” Speaking of losing it . . .

Lincoln MKT? The badge engineered, blinged-up Ford Flex? THAT’S Davis’ proof of a Ford turnaround? Methinks he’s got it exactly backwards. The MKT is emblematic of how far Ford has left to travel. It’s an ersatz luxury car that looks like a Hannibal Lector art car in search of an unlimited supply of plankton.

Of course, the MKT IS a crossover—a term that Davis feels obliged to define for people who read an ancient copy of Car and Driver once a year whilst waiting for bridge work. But EcoBoosted or not, pronouncing the MKT a category killer is like nominating Ralph Nader for president.

Which isn’t the worst of it. The real tragedy: Davis spends five paragraphs giving a review of the MKT that seems lifted from, or headed to, your local newspaper’s automotive section. And then he really loses it.

It is difficult to imagine our government, or any government, ever creating such an astonishing array of features and benefits in one automobile. The Soviet Union had a vast automotive industry run by workers committees and government bureaus, and the communists managed to create the Trabant, arguably the worst car ever made. They never built a good car, only “less bad” cars. U.S. Senators and TV talk-show geniuses keep wondering why American carmakers can’t make the sort of cars people want. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Ford Motor Company, presently offering the Lincoln MKT and about 8 or 10 other cars as good as any vehicles from anywhere.

WTF?

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60 Comments on “Car and Driver’s David E. Davis Pimps for Lincoln...”


  • avatar
    mpresley

    That’s what happens when you hire an orthodontist to design a car.

  • avatar
    rnc

    Ford bashing time?

    “and about 8 or 10 otehr cars as good as any vehicles from anywhere.”

    He is right about that though. And while I find the Lincoln quite ugly, its no more ugly than the lexus RX or Caddy’s SRX.

    C4C listing from Edmunds (taking out the gov. obscure way of counting sales)

    1. Ford Escape
    2. Ford Focus
    3. Jeep Patriot
    4. Dodge Caliber
    5. Ford F-150
    6. Honda Civic
    7. Chevrolet Silverado
    8. Chevrolet Cobalt
    9. Toyota Corolla
    10.Ford Fusion

    Now I think it can be accepted that Chry. Co products are on there b/c double $, but 4 out of 10 isn’t bad, especially when one is your $ machine (trucks are counted in five different catagories by the gov, cuvs/suvs in three)

  • avatar

    rnc

    What accounting system are you using? The official DOT stats seem pretty simple to me.

  • avatar
    gamper

    I dont understand why praise automatically equals sellout. I havent been inside the MKT or driven one, but I have seen them around Motown and they look pretty good. Surprising since I though it looked rather ungainly in photos.

    Ford seems to be doing a lot of things right these days, though I would agree they still have a ways to go in their turnaround. Most notably absent from the new and improved Ford, operatng profit. They have been generating a lot of buzz on the interwebs and in print media. Toyota and Honda have been the beneficiary of positive perception for some time, why not Ford.

  • avatar
    rnc

    The government’s results showed small cars as the top choice for shoppers looking for Cash for Clunker deals. But an independent analysis by Edmunds.com disputed those results, and showed that two full-size trucks and a small crossover SUV were actually among the top-ten buys.

    The discrepancy is a result of the methods used. Edmunds.com uses traditional sales measurements, tallying sales by make and model. The government uses a more arcane measurement method that subdivides models according to engine and transmission types, counting them as separate models.

    For example, the Ford Escape is available in six different versions including two- and four-wheel drive and hybrid versions. The government counts each version as a different vehicle using guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency. Only the front wheel drive, non-hybrid version made the government’s top ten list.

    The Ford Escape crossover SUV, instead of being the seventh-most popular vehicle under the program, as the government ranked it, was actually the best seller, according to Edmunds.com. The government pegged the Ford Focus as the top seller.

    Trucks tend to be available in more variations than cars. That’s because truck buyers have a wider variety of needs than car buyers, General Motors spokesman Brian Goebel said.

    “There’s just so many different uses for the truck, both retail and commercial, than with car purchasers,” he said.

    Sales of truck models would tend to be heavily diluted using the government’s method because practically each version counts as a different vehicle. The difference in tallying methods would not affect the overall totals of trucks, as opposed to cars purchased under the program, only the sales rankings of individual models.

    Sales of GM’s Silverado truck, under the government’s counting method, were divided among five different versions. So were the Ford F-150s. If the different versions of these trucks were considered the same vehicle, as auto sales are normally reported, sales of these trucks would look much heftier.

    In the Cash for Clunkers program, trucks are actually subject to lower fuel economy requirements than cars, so it surprised many analysts that trucks weren’t more popular.

    Edmunds.com’s “Top Ten Clunker Buys” list is based on transaction data collected directly from dealers.

  • avatar
    rnc

    NHTSA, the agency responsible for running Cash for Clunkers, was not immediately able to respond to a request for official Clunker sales tallies of several vehicles, including all their variations. When presented with Edmund’s analysis, the agency didn’t dispute that the way in which it counted the vehicles would tend to reduce the totals of vehicles with many variations.

    Perhaps the NHTSA had an incentive to show all small (AKA fuel efficient cars at the top)

  • avatar
    carguy

    RF: rnc is using the Edmunds method that does not treat all the different models of F-150 and Silverados as different vehicles.

    http://money.cnn.com/2009/08/07/autos/cash_for_clunkers_sales/index.htm?cnn=yes

  • avatar
    Vorenus

    Can somebody please tell me why TTAC authors launch into verbal fits of rage every time somebody utters anything positive about Ford?

  • avatar
    kowsnofskia

    rnc:

    Sounds right to me. This is hardly the first time the government has been caught manipulating economic data to suit its chosen agenda.

  • avatar
    th009

    rnc: “and about 8 or 10 otehr cars as good as any vehicles from anywhere.”

    He is right about that though. And while I find the Lincoln quite ugly, its no more ugly than the lexus RX or Caddy’s SRX.

    If that’s your sole criterion for detemrining class-leading products, I guess we have all been wrong about the Caliber, and Chrysler’s future is bright.

  • avatar

    I give you the Ford Motor Company, presently offering the Lincoln MKT and about 8 or 10 other cars as good as any vehicles from anywhere.

    This is my favorite. About 8 or 10? Well, how many? And how about listing them?

    And no, praise isn’t sellout. Sellout is blind corporate kiss-up without facts and without the kind of journalistic integrity and neutrality so sorely lacking in most news-related ventures these days.

    John

  • avatar
    ajla

    “Overall, the Lincoln MKT with Ecoboost is a great crossover if you can’t quite swing the payments on the BMW X6 xDrive50i. Still, for our money, we would get the BMW X5 xDrive35d.”

    -What I expect to be the closing paragraph of C/D’s MKT Road Test.

  • avatar
    rnc

    I think it is obvious that he is referring to toyota and honda and from all of the other sources (other than the TTAC of course) it would seem that the rest of the automotive world agrees.

    (of course they all must be on Ford’s payroll along with CR, Edmonds, etc. only possible explanation.)

  • avatar
    Lokkii

    Part of the charm of David E. Davis is that he is a lousy judge of horseflesh cars.

    I distinctly remember his love of the Yugo. He loved it so much that he bought one for his daughter’s first car…..the deal was that she would write monthly reviews of her impressions of the car.

    Well, that never happened. I think that she wrecked it twice in 2 or 3 months and the Yugo was never heard from again.

    I’m sure others can find other examples of his kookiness errors in judgement.

    Still that’s part of what made him fun to read. You never knew what he was going to say or what crazy project he was going to approve for the magazine.

  • avatar
    alfred p. sloan

    c&d needs more P.J. O’Rourke.

  • avatar
    paulie

    I just think RF gets insane about the additional slobbering that need not be part of an auto reveiw.
    As my favorite dedective always said…”Just the facts, mam. Just the facts.”

    Earlier the Flex w/Ecoboost for 5 stars.
    5 stars!
    Now, if there have been improvements made especially for the MKT, how could it NOT be as this review notes.

    Has anyone looked at USNewsWorldReport’s car rankings.?
    Many cars get higher rankings due to the score for “outside”.
    Now,the inside can be measured, Material, Luxury, etc.
    But the outside is ALL subjective.
    To give one car a 4 and another a 8 is mistifying.

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    Ford is healthier than GM or Chrysler. Can you say “advertising revenue?” Thats all the buff books are anyway. Wall to wall car and floor mat ads.

  • avatar
    carguy

    seabrjim +1 – Ford is positioning themselves as the last American company standing and the cash starved auto print publications are bending over backwards (and forwards) to get in on the ad$ action.

  • avatar
    Steve-O

    “The badge engineered, blinged-up Ford Flex?”

    Badge engineered? No. Re-bodied, Yes.

    When I think of badge-engineering, I think of Fusion/Milan. But let’s face it, this looks significantly different than the Flex, inside and out.

  • avatar
    Geo. Levecque

    I don’t think that this site is down on any make, it just because some makes stand out, Ford being one of them, from the Metal they use to all the Electric problems they have ie Fires that start after the vehicle is turned off is one example of Ford problems that have not being resolved. Most people around here think Ford products make “rust” and no matter how much vehicles are protected against Rust, Ford seems to take the “cake” for having the most problem.,at least in my humble opinion! even though they are made here in Canada at Oakville I would not own one of them period!

  • avatar
    dkulmacz

    Why do you call this vehicle ‘badge engineered’? I think that term does not mean what you think it means.

    OK . . . an Edge and a MKX are badge-engineered twins. Only differences there are minor like grill, lights, etc.

    But the MKT really looks very little like a Flex. I’m sure the average Joe would not know they were based on the same platform, at least based on looks. This is no different than the multitude of other vehicles that share platforms with corporate siblings.

    If you insist that this is still badge engineering, then you’ve twisted the meaning of the concept way beyond it’s original purpose.

  • avatar
    geeber

    The new Lincoln nose looks good – at least to me – in real life. I guess that makes me the odd man out.

    It works, and is MUCH more attactive than the Cadillac Art & Science look, or the hideous new Acuras.

  • avatar
    adonasetb

    sometimes it’s possible to stretch both credibility and credulity to the breaking point in the opening paragraph. One mans opinion vs another mans opinion and that’s the name of that game. Personally I’d never purchase a Lincoln but that’s just me – if you want to buy one or a dozen go ahead and my opinion really shouldn’t influence your decision – if my opinion counted then it’d be my decision and not yours. If you’re paying for my car then i’ll listen to everything you say but if I’m paying then only my opinion matters.

  • avatar
    adonasetb

    How many ways has toyota “badge engineered” the camery platform?

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    I thought MKT was the name of Lincoln’s take-off of the F-Series.

    If MKS is the big sedan, why is this not the MKW?

  • avatar
    pb35

    I read the article earlier this week; didn’t he comment on the “unconventional” looks?

  • avatar
    Cicero

    FUN FACT: The Soviet Union didn’t build Trabants. The East Germans did.

    If you wanted to Buy Soviet, the class equivalent of the Trabant was the Zaporozhets.

  • avatar
    Daniel J. Stern

    @seabrjim:
    Ford is healthier than GM or Chrysler

    Well, that’s rather like debating the relative stink of poodle shit, collie shit, and golden retriever shit, don’tchya think?

  • avatar
    TZ

    Unfortunately, it seems that they replaced one ignorant blowhard (Bedard) with another.

    Is the shift from silly rants to ass-kissing a net positive? Could be.

  • avatar
    missilecommander

    These guys at the fading buff books are doing just about everything they can to squeeze out a few more years of the good life.

  • avatar
    commando1

    Take away DED’s pompous ass facade of all things sophisticated and you have have a spoiled rich kid who never grew up and without any street cred.

    One thing though.
    I would kill to be in DED’s shoes…

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    I think Lincoln’s current lineup of overpriced, rebadged Fords disproves everything that editorial tries to assert.

    Lincoln is a dead brand walking. It is no longer a player in the *REAL* luxury car world…fitting in nicely as a decent competitor to Buick.

    Somebody should tell Lincoln (and D.E.D.) that just because you charge luxury car prices…doesn’t mean you have a luxury product.

    Lincoln’s are just regurgitated Fords…and even the blindest of eyes can see that.

  • avatar
    spyspeed

    Heads down! The Cold War is still being fought in Davis’s head.

    Perhaps C/D’s editor pimp-in-chief felt that an account from the front lines would attract more armed forces recruiting ads.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    Looks more like a Mazda CX-7/CX-9 than a Flex to me. Are all three related?

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    I’m reading the headline and failing to see how this can be categorized as news in this decade. What’s next, “Elvis pronounced dead?”

  • avatar
    davidsculbertson

    I agree with Jimal. As soon as I saw the photo, my first thought was “CX-9 rebadge”

  • avatar
    cRacK hEaD aLLeY

    This car was designed by Gary Busey ?

  • avatar
    UnclePete

    Maybe I’ve become soft in the head, but I think I like the look of the MKT better than the Flex. I’ll have to wait to see one in person though.

    As far as DED and most of the other buff-book writers go, I stopped reading them a long time ago, as their fawning over potential ad-money versus writing a fair assessment of the vehicle was embarrassing.

    The last writer I believe I found interesting/entertaining was LJK Setright in CAR, and that was a long time ago.

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    @Jimal, davidsculbertson: the Flex and MKT are on the Volvo-based D3 platform, the CX-9 is smaller and on the Mazda-based CD3.

  • avatar
    eaptlm05

    The only real competitor for the MKT is the Q7. The Lincoln is substantially better,equal quality, more well equipped, more technologically advanced and has a much lower price than the badge engineered Q7(Toureg), QX56 (Armada) and LX570(LandCruiser). Can the author please tell us which one of those are better and the reasoning why.

  • avatar

    eaptlm05

    A Lincoln MKT starts at $44,200. That’s a lot of coin for a Lincoln. And at that price point, there’s plenty of choice.

    The LX isn’t even in the same ballpark, price-wise. The Lexus GX470 can be configured as an eight-seater. Although it stickers for $5k higher (base vs. base), you get Lexus service, Toyota reliability, genuine off-road capability (for whatever that’s worth), far better resale (there’s your $5k) and Lexus snob value.

    The Audi Q7 is not my friend. The Armada is a reliability nightmare. I bet you could get a brand new Lincoln Navigator for less than $54k, and that vehicle speaks to me. (Except for the grill.)

    But c’mon, again. $45k ish for rejigged Flex? Admit it: that’s Lincoln playing above its station in life. Acura MDX? Toyota Sequoia? Buick Enclave? The MKT has everything to prove. And it’s ug-lee. IMHO.

  • avatar
    bleach

    Lincoln doesn’t compete with Audi and Lexus and not against those models. Your comparing a crossover, possibly the ugliest one out there, from a dead brand to some full size SUVs from luxury brands.

    The MKT gets shopped against the Enclave more than any of the imports and that’s being done by about the 5 people willing to buy a Lincoln.

  • avatar
    venator

    Davis may be a successful pimp but he proves again that he is clueless about cars. I would take a Trabant over most Chrysler or British Leyland products of the last 40 years. “Arguably the worst car ever made”? That muppet probably has never seen, let alone driven one. He was talking about the Trabant made in the Soviet Union. And I thought that journalists belong to the educated classes. Not Davis, obviously.

  • avatar
    Brian E

    Robert:

    If $45k for a Lincoln is above its station in life, what’s $35k for a Flex? It’s not hard to get any one of the three-row crossovers from the non-luxury brands up to the mid-30s. $45k to get something that doesn’t look like a hearse doesn’t strike me as a bad deal.

    The MDX? It’s a lot smaller on the inside. I’m 6’4″ and couldn’t get comfortable in the second row. I haven’t been in a MKT yet but I’m assuming it’s as roomy as the Flex. The GX? It’s expensive, boxy, and doesn’t even hit 20mpg on the highway. I seriously doubt anyone is cross-shopping any of the Germans with this car.

    The MKT is exactly the type of Lincoln they should be building. It’s big, roomy, and comfortable. If that doesn’t define Lincoln, what does? If they can’t sell that at $45k, then they can’t sell Lincolns at all.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I think I’d get a Tahoe or Yukon hybrid over the MKT. The discounts GM offers on them means they would end up costing about the same.

    With the hybrid SUVs you get a better sounding 6.0L V8, a 2MPG better EPA combined score, a higher towing capacity, and passengers might suck up to you so that you don’t stick them in the 3rd-row.

    Plus, you get to live the exciting, anxiety-filled life of owning a GM product with expensive and new technology. I’d imagine it would be like dating the daughter of a mob kingpin.

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    This car was designed by Gary Busey

    THAT…was damn funny.

    The Lincoln is substantially better,equal quality, more well equipped, more technologically advanced and has a much lower price

    No…what you are failing to understand is that Lincoln is a heavily damaged brand. They do not have the cachet to charge anymore than $40K for the fancy Fords they sell. The Lincoln badge on the front severely knocks down the market value of the vehicle.

    If the Lincoln Flex had a different badge on it…then you could justify it’s price. But as it stands, it is outrageously overpriced.

  • avatar
    cpmanx

    May I play devil’s advocate? Here are some Ford vehicles that play near the top of their classes:

    Fusion/Milan (certainly on par with the Camry)
    F-150 (on par with the Tundra or Silverado)
    Mustang (on par with the Camaro, in the end)
    Flex/MKT (seriously–what three-row crossovers beat them in their price categories? MX-9? Traverse?)
    E-150 (yeah…but there’s not much competition)
    Transit Connect (yeah…there’s NO competition)
    — and you could even make a case for the Edge, Expedition, and new Taurus

    That is…8 or 10 vehicles. I’m not denying that DED is an idiot–there’s plenty of other evidence to support that–but in this case maybe he’s a bit like the proverbial stopped clock.

  • avatar
    baldheadeddork

    The funny part about DED fluffing Mulally and Ford is that Davis was the most spiteful of the car book cool kids who attacked Bill Ford when he took over the company in 2001. Davis gleefully ridiculed Ford as a tree-hugging hippie for steering FoMoCo into making more fuel efficient cars instead of focusing on big SUV’s.

  • avatar
    no_slushbox

    Ford recently announced a new generation of the Lincoln Mark LT pickup for the Mexican market.

    However, Ford said that the new Mark LT will not be offered in the US since it is just a loaded F-150 with a different grille.

    That basically summarizes the entire Lincoln lineup.

  • avatar
    stepon

    Some consider the hump back whale to be a striking and majestic creature. The krill grill does help reinforce that impression for me but perhaps that wasn’t Mr. Horbury’s intent. Overall, it has an honest American design resonance with an elegance that wouldn’t look out of place at Fallingwater House on a lazy Autumn afternoon. If the Ford Flex is its chassis twin, then the exterior at least is as good a case for badge engineering done right as the Audi A4 is to the VW Jetta, much improved from the sadly unoriginal Navigator, or any other Ford truck derived Lincoln thus far.

    As for the broken clock…aside from OCD bloggers with a penchant for due diligence exercises into “traditional” media…oh yeah, waiting for my barber to get to my turn…OK, so barber shops, dentist offices, and OCD bloggers that contribute to automotively themed websites, who reads that stuff? Better yet, was this review by the broken clock good for the Lincoln brand or irrelevant? Yes.

    Truth be told, I like Lincoln the way I used to like Saab until GM had a few too Many adventures in badge engineering. Its that almost good enough yet underdog sort of thing maybe, kind of like pity sex maybe? And I have a thing for that Continental with the suicide doors. Right up there with the split window Corvette in my opinion.

  • avatar
    paulie

    “for people who read an ancient copy of Car and Driver once a year whilst waiting for bridge work”

    “looks like a Hannibal Lector art car in search of an unlimited supply of plankton.”

    This is why I can’t get any other work done and find myself back at this damned sight reading the writings.

  • avatar
    TomH

    Too bad that many of the comments seem to confuse Platform Engineering with Badge Engineering. (Substitute Camry/ES350 for Flex/MKT and you should get the point.) The MKT has a lot of “Only on a Lincoln” technology and the luxury stuff is certainly there. The nice part about being an American is that you get to pay your money and make your choices. I’m not a big fan of high belt line styling, but hey, Ford didn’t ask me.

    One thing I will give Ford credit for is that they are trying and that they are still in the game. Like DED, I scoffed at Billy Ford’s ascendancy to the corner office, and his profound statement that Ford would start building cars that people wanted; but I also had to give Prince William credit when he stepped down and sincerely got behind the Mulally move. (BTW: Rooting for the home team isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless you want Ford to go down the Gubment Motors path.) Ford is doing some real interesting stuff in the US (e.g. EcoBoost, Sync, Park Assist, Raptor, Easy Fill, SHO, GT500, etc.) and has a bunch of slick Euro-spec hardware as well. Like DED, I am old enough to have experienced the pride of watching them sweep the podium at LeMans and hope they succeed at this “race” too!

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    And what about Toyota’s badge platform engineering? Camry aka ES350 aka Solara aka Highlander aka RX350/RX400 aka Venza. Why nobody is bashing Toyota?

    Reliability? Maybe they had it in the early 90’s. Not too long ago Toyota had Tacoma with rusting frames, constant recalls for Tundra, 5-speed autos in Camries and sludge in Avalons. How quicly we forgot about it but still associate Toyota with quality of old days.

    Kiss some more Toyota ass!

    I agree, if anything this Lincoln looks like Mazda CX-9, not at all as Flex.

  • avatar
    BDB

    The GX is a gass-guzzling body-on-frame SUV. It isn’t meant to compete against the MKT, it is meant to compete against the Navigator. Lexus doesn’t have anything like this.

    Acura MDX? And you were just complaining about badge engineering and “dead” brands? If Lincoln is “dead” then Acura is, too. Also, the MDX is 100x more like a re-badged Pilot than the MKT is a re-badged Flex. The MKT doesn’t look anything like a Flex.

  • avatar
    baldheadeddork

    I will give Ford credit for is that they are trying and that they are still in the game. Like DED, I scoffed at Billy Ford’s ascendancy to the corner office, and his profound statement that Ford would start building cars that people wanted; but I also had to give Prince William credit when he stepped down and sincerely got behind the Mulally move.

    Do you give “Prince William” credit for the Flex, Fusion, the current generation Focus that is selling so well? Or the EcoBoost engines that are going to be a major competitive advantage for Ford in the years to come? For pulling Ford out of the horrible quality hole Nasser had dug? Or concentrating on their core business while GM was becoming America’s favorite subprime mortgage lender?

    If Bill Ford had not done what he did in 2001-2006, it’s very likely that Ford would be in the same shape as GM and Chrysler today.

  • avatar
    tonycd

    Lokkii, I agree. I love Davis, and that’s even though he has a long history of periodically going into a froth of enthusiasm over cars that, in retrospect, are embarrassing.

    Exhibit A was right on C/D’s cover in 60-point type: “X! GM’s new front-drive compacts blow everyone else into the weeds!”

    Lest anyone think it’s only about ad revenue for Davis, he’s waxed eloquent over the years for everything from the BMW 1600 to the ’92 Camry to the ’05 RL to the Pinzgauer.

    I think Davis sincerely loves cars. He’s worked for GM before, and I think he views them through the love-hate prism of a lover scorned, and wishes against hope that they’d somehow get their stuff together. I like that humanity about him; you just have to adjust for it when you read him.

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    Ford recently announced a new generation of the Lincoln Mark LT pickup for the Mexican market.

    However, Ford said that the new Mark LT will not be offered in the US since it is just a loaded F-150 with a different grille.

    That basically summarizes the entire Lincoln lineup.

    Wow…it does. Thanks Ford.

  • avatar
    dwford

    I love all the comments about what the MKT gets shopped against and whether or not it matches up to the import competition.

    Is this thing even on sale yet???

    Some recent reviews:

    “The MKT is simply the best Lincoln in years. Sure, it’s a bit of a niche model, up against pricey haulers like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes R-Class. But with its new, 355-horsepower EcoBoost engine -– a modern, twin-turbo, direct-injection V-6 that you’d expect from Deutschland, not Dearborn –- the Lincoln whips the Audi in not only acceleration and poised handling but also fuel economy.” “Throw in a luxurious and library-quiet cabin, seating for seven and reams of useful technology –- including the brilliantly executed Active Park Assist, which lets the Lincoln parallel park itself better than 95 percent of the population could manage –- and the MKT becomes the most segment-competitive Lincoln to come down Detroit’s pike in a long time.” – New York Times

    “Still, the new MKT has a lot going for it and compares well to vehicles like the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Mercedes-Benz R-Class. It used to be that people gave “no respect, no respect at all” to Lincoln, but the MKT might just be the vehicle to change that.” – Edmunds

    When can we expect the TTAC review?

  • avatar
    ohsnapback

    Ford, with the exception of the Mustang GT, is absolutely, positively on a torrid pace to have produced one of the longest strings of snooze-mobiles of an major automaker since we partied like it was 1999.

    Give us something to get excited about, Ford. I can deal with temperamental, even, as long as it raises my blood pressure. Your world through my eyes is collage of Duratec motors humming like John Deere’s, green lit gauges and that now oh-so-familiar toothy and sappy grin.

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    Ford, with the exception of the Mustang GT, is absolutely, positively on a torrid pace to have produced one of the longest strings of snooze-mobiles of an major automaker since we partied like it was 1999.

    That is why I call Ford, America’s Toyota.

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