easy to forget the Lincoln
Blackwood folly after spending a week in the Lincoln Mark LT luxury
pickup. You may still have disturbing memories of the Blackwood, a $50,000
pickup that sported four bucket seats, plenty of fake African wood and
clever a Dutch-door tailgate/power tonneau combo that opened to a practically
useless pickup bed. With very little utility and even less sex appeal,
fewer than 3500 Blackwoods were sold from 2001 through 2003. Lincoln had
hoped to sell more than 10,000 units.
The new LT offers an upscale level of comfort, a great ride already established
by the latest generation of F-Series pickups and towing ability up to
8900 pounds. The strategy appears to be working as just under 2800 units
were sold through the first six months of 2005.
price for the 2-wheel-drive model is a more reasonable $39,200. Our test
vehicle had a few options that boosted the MSRP to $42,850, including
power moonroof, tow package, power sliding rear window, 18-inch chrome
wheels, running boards, adjustable pedals and reverse sensors. Standard
equipment includes heated leather seats, 6-CD sound system, power accessories,
4-wheel ABS disc brakes, tailgate assist, 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8
and 4-speed automatic transmission.
of the Lincoln gives the GMC
Sierra Denali a direct competitor and offers up a meaningful challenger
to much higher-priced Cadillac Escalade EXT. But comparing these vehicles
side-by-side with the LT brings out a few glaring shortcomings in the
Cadillac, you can get touch-screen GPS navigation. With the Denali, you
can get satellite radio. With the Cadillac you can get side-impact air
bags. With the Denali, you can get 345 horsepower. With the Cadillac you
can get automatic dual-climate control. With the Denali, you can get a
sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.
Get the picture?
The LT ends up being a SuperCrew Lariat with Lincoln flair, not Lincoln
The LT screams
Lincoln from the outside. The signature waterfall grille and chrome rocker
trim that circles the body in concert with the bumpers will surely draw
the traditional Lincoln buyer. The LT comes in a variety of colors, compared
to the black-only Blackwood. Our Dark Toreador Red was a bit unusual for
a truck but quite pleasing with the bright Lincoln accoutrement, such
as the chrome handles, 7-spoke wheels and bed rails.
get your money’s worth with the Lincoln exterior styling; however
the interior does leave you wanting for more. The Nudo leather is nice
and French pleating impressive but the seats are flat and stiff. They
lack full power adjustability although it doesn’t take long to get
into position with the power pedals. Our Dove Grey/Black interior theme
was accented with ebony wood and metallic trim. The overall theme is inviting,
right up to the distinct Lincoln face on the instrument panel, bold stitching
around the IP brow and leather on the center console.