2019 Lincoln MKT vs. 2019 Ford Flex

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the MKT. But it costs extra on the Flex.

The MKT Reserve’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Flex doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The MKT has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Flex doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the MKT and the Flex have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available collision warning systems.

Warranty

The MKT comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Flex’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the MKT 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Flex. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Flex ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The MKT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 78 more horsepower (365 vs. 287) and 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 254) than the Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Lincoln MKT is faster than the Ford Flex:

 

MKT

Flex V6

Flex Limited

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.5 sec

6.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

5.8 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

88 MPH

95.5 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the MKT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Flex:

 

MKT

Flex

Front Rotors

13.86 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.58 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

The MKT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Flex SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the MKT has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Flex SE.

Suspension and Handling

The MKT has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Flex’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Passenger Space

The MKT has .4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Flex.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 49% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

The MKT’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Flex, and is not available on all models.

The MKT’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Flex’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the MKT the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Flex can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The MKT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Flex SE/SEL’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the MKT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Flex doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the MKT has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Flex doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The MKT has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Flex has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The MKT has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Flex doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The MKT has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Flex.

The MKT has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Flex SEL/Limited.

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