The standard engine for the 2013 Lincoln MKT is the 3.7 liter V6 engine that includes twin independent variable camshaft trimming (Ti-VCT) produces 300 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque with projected fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
The optional engine for the Lincoln MKT is the twin-turbo 3.5 liter EcoBoost gasoline turbo direct-injected (GTDI) V6, an engine that provides V8 performance with the fuel-economy of a V6, produces 335 hp at 5,700 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque with projected fuel-economy of 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. All-wheel drive is standard with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. For the transmission, the 2013 Lincoln MKT offers 2 versions of the 6-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission, both with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 uses the 6F-50, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 uses the heavy-duty 6F-55. This transmission features high-energy friction materials, a larger ring gear and a specific torque converter that optimize the 6F-55 to handle the high-torque output of the twin-turbo 3.5-liter.
The steering system for the new Lincoln MKT is improved, too. The gear ratio is quicker (15:1 for 2013 vs. 17.1:1 for 2012), making the steering more immediately responsive. All new Lincoln MKT models benefit from electric power-assisted steering. EPAS replaces the traditional hydraulic-assist power-steering pump with an electric motor. This helps save fuel because the motor operates only when assistance is required, unlike hydraulic systems that run continuously. EPAS was standard on 2010-12 MKT models with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and is now standard on all MKT models. The new EPAS parallels CCD in how it provides a tunable driving experience and an expanded range of adjustability. Depending on model and the Lincoln Drive Control mode (if so equipped), steering response for the new Lincoln MKT improved 10 to 25 percent compared with 2012.
On the exterior, the 2013 Lincoln MKT comes with new grille, front fascia and new wheel selections, and make it feel wider, a bit less tall and less vertical.
Inside, the new Lincoln MKT offers an updated interior style, safety and advanced technology spaces. The significantly revised interior complements the airy feeling afforded by the standard Panoramic Fixed-glass Vista Roof™. The Lincoln MKT offers three rows of seating configured in 6 and 7-passenger alternatives. Those riding in the second row enjoy more legroom than any vehicle in this class. The second-row seats can also be heated and cooled.