Lots of nice little surprises
This is my wife's weekday car, but I get to drive it on the long trips and weekends.
Overall the car is very comfortable and feels luxurious. The interior is very quiet. If you listen very carefully you can barely hear a faint burbling sound from the all wheel drive at low speeds. I probably only even recognize it because I hear the same faint burbling from the all wheel drive on my 2009 MKZ, where it is easier to hear.
The Ecoboost engine is amazingly powerful. Almost scary.
My wife really enjoys little things like ambient lighting you can change the color of, even if it she recognizes it is a little silly. Push button ignition is very easy to get to liking too. The cell phone connections and voice activation work great.
Consumer Reports generally gave the MKT a positive review, but did say it has clumsy handling, which I just don't get at all. The MKT is very easy to maneuver and steers very nicely. And the MKT posted a faster time through their avoidance maneuver test than the other cars they said had agile handling. My wife does say that sometimes she feels like she is driving a tank because of the limited visibility back and to the side. But she says that about all the other large cars she has ever driven too. That is where the blind spot warning lights are very helpful, and you learn really fast to rely on them. That and the rear view camera, and rear obstacle detection system warning beeps are very helpful.
We bought this car as my wife's daily driver, but also for hauling our two kids, three adults and two dogs on 9 hour trips to see the grandparents. The car is just big enough for that if you pack light.
The trip goes across the always windy Texas panhandle. Which is what motivates me to write this review. We have driven this same windy route with rented Suburbans, Tahoes, Freestyles and Ford minivans. Always the crosswinds make for a tiring drive, because we have to constantly adjust for the crosswinds. But the MKT and some other Ford models have a feature called "pull drift compensation." You can search on those words on the web and pull up what it is. It uses the electric steering to make the car go where you are pointing it even as wind or road crowns want to push the car somewhere else. And it is completely non-obtrusive. But when you go by a big semi-trailer on the road, you don't feel the wall of wind push the car over as you go by it like you do in cars. It is really amazing. At the end of the long drive, you get out feeling like the drive was easy and you don't feel so worn out. If we had known the car had this feature, it would have been a big selling point to us. But Ford does not advertise it at all. There is nothing about it in any sales literature. I only read about it in one tiny mention in a car magazine and I read them all. That feature was the best surprise.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2010