This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Lincoln.
I admit it. I signed up for this review because I wanted to drive a big, fat, tricked-out American car for a week. Bring on the seat warmers and a GPS and cup holders that can hold anything from my skinny morning latte to the biggest super-size blueberry slushie, right?!! I could almost taste the quiet I would enjoy while Bug watched one of her favorite dvd’s from the comfort of her own private backseat theater.
So I was a tiny bit disappointed to learn there were no dvd players in the Lincoln MKT, but it had everything else and a little mini-refrigerator too so I decided to keep it—for a week that is. I’m not ready to trade in my low-end Audi just yet but the Lincoln was definitely fun to drive. I’m selfishly glad I didn’t pass this assignment on to my sister-in-law like I did last time.
The first thing we decided to do was to take the Lincoln out for a little road trip. To me that’s the best way to really test out a car and see what it’s made of: sit in it for two or three hours straight and then see how you feel about all the luxury gadgets and gizmos. We didn’t have time to take it out for a really epic road trip but a good long drive to Palm Springs was perfect to test out the car’s capabilities and give me, my mom, Bug and my nieces a much-needed break from our winter doldrums. We packed up the back area with everything we could think of that we might need for a picnic and still had plenty of room for more.
I really liked how the seats are so easy to fold down and up and flat and all over the place. Just pick a lever (don’t worry; they are labeled so it’s easy to know which one) and kablamo! There’s plenty of storage area or seating—your choice! Just make sure there isn’t a kid sitting in the seat when you try to magically fold it away. Actually, this did happen to us (those darn kids were crawling all over the car) and nobody was hurt. While the forward motion of the seat folding is impressive, it’s not that forceful.
Once that was all worked out, we were locked and loaded and ready to go! Palm Springs here we come! Um, maybe?
Did you know you can’t program a GPS navigational system while you’re rolling down the road? I did not know that! I guess it’s a good thing, so you don’t go driving over little old ladies on the sidewalk while you argue with the system over whether the street you want is a boulevard or an avenue. But it was a little annoying to me, since I was riding in the passenger seat on the first leg of our trip and was very much looking forward to my status as official copilot with toys to play with. Anyway, we pulled off the road and figured that out pretty quick.
I never did try out the voice-activation function of the GPS system or the nifty iSync phone system which is kind of a shame. It would have solved the pulling-over-to-the-side-of-the-road problem AND it’s probably pretty cool. But I’m a slow learner when it comes to super-technical things so I stuck to admiring the sleek lines of the car, the way it handled and of course making sure there was chocolate ice cream in the tiny cooler in the back. You know, the really important stuff.
What I really liked about this car were the safety features. I love the little round light that lights up on the rear-view mirrors when someone is in your blind spot. The way cars are built these days, with the back windows getting smaller and smaller, it’s harder than it used to be to just crane your neck around to double check and see what is behind you. Between those little blinking lights and the rear-view camera for backing up, Lincoln has pretty much solved the lack-of-visibility problem in the back end. I admit it is strange to trust a robot’s eyes over my own but more than once those robot eyes saw dangers I didn’t.
Which brings me to another feature that I discovered after our little road trip. When the guy dropped the car off he didn’t even tell me about this feature. Maybe he thought I was a very safe driver and would never need it. Ha! I drive in Southern California where people don’t use their blinkers. Anyway, you can imagine my surprise when a car suddenly stopped in front of me and a row of little red lights flashed across the front window right below my eye level. There was beeping and lights and for a minute there I thought about having a heart attack.
There is NO falling asleep at the wheel in this car. If you suddenly come up on a stopped car or someone swerves into your lane, this car will tell you about it. In fact, I would be so bold to say that if you get in a wreck in this car you must be seriously inebriated or dead already. It startled me at first but the second time it happened I was thankful. I drive a quick-handling sports car already and could have easily avoided the car that stopped suddenly in front of me, but it made me feel safer that the Lincoln was looking out for me too.
Of course none of this happened on our breezy little trip to Palm Springs. That drive was delightful and the only complaint was from my teenage niece in the very back who claimed that the windows weren’t big enough for her to see out of. Not that she was actually looking out them or anything, Little Miss Texter Thumbs.
We arrived quickly (that car has power; a V6 engine that performs like a V8) and safely and had a wonderful picnic.
With chocolate ice cream from the tiny backseat refrigerator of course! Now the kids think that’s the only way to roll.
I drove home from Palm Springs and I have to say I was impressed with how easy the Lincoln handled. I drive an Audi A3 so I’m a little bit spoiled when it comes to nice driving cars. I expected to hate this car and I didn’t. I’m used to driving low to the ground in something small and compact, so the Lincoln seemed really big to me, but it took curves tightly and accelerated just as quickly as my super sporty car.
The giant wide-swinging doors were lost on me though, since where I live we have to park on the street and the door immediately crunched right into the curb when I tried to get out. But I think someone who lives in suburbia with lots of room to sprawl might really enjoy those giant doors. (I did like how the cupholders fit my extra big coffee cup though.)
There is nothing small about this car. You need lots of head room? You got it. You need nice wide comfortable seats? You got it. This is not economy class. Lot of leg room, lots and lots of head room…you could even crawl out of the sunroof, it is so big. You have a parade to be in? Climb on up and give the world your best Miss America wave!
Probably my favorite BIG thing about this car was the stereo system. My brother says Ford has always had the sound systems figured out and I have to agree. The speakers in the back were huge and the sound as impressive as a theater. If you were the type, you could drive to a mountaintop and hold your own mini rave party under the stars.
Or you could just stage your own one-woman show in the IKEA parking lot like Bug did.
There are so many more things I could write about this car and other bloggers have, so make sure you check them out on BlogHer’s review page. There are some serious sweepstakes going on over there, like a “Night on the Town” valued at $1,500 where you get to drive the 2010 Lincoln MKT for an evening, enjoy a spa package for two, dinner AND a stay at local hotel. That’s better than my gig, so go check that out!
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