After decades of use as function-first workhorses and load-haulers, pickup trucks began to enter into a new phase of their consumer appeal in the middle of the 1990s. Over time, domestic manufacturers had begun to slowly augment the amount of optional equipment available to buyers of these gargantuan rigs, driving up the comfort level available in top trim trucks. To be sure, pickup trucks could still be ordered with bare floors and vinyl bench seats, but captain's chairs, air conditioning and even leather began to appear as extras in some of the better-appointed vehicles of the day.
At the end of the decade, full-size SUVs began to receive hardcore luxury treatment from automakers like Cadillac and Lincoln, and it was only natural that eventually this would trickle down into pickup trucks as well, given that so many of the platforms were shared. GMC upped the ante first with their line of high class Denali trucks, but Ford was curiously slow to respond. While they maintained the Lariat trim level and added a 'King Ranch' edition of certain pickup models, it seemed at first they were comfortable to let Lincoln handle the brunt of their luxury truck experimentation. The first vehicle that was rolled out, the Blackwood, was more of a crossover with pickup pretensions than a true working vehicle, giving it limited appeal to the target demographic. Lincoln headed back to the drawing board in an attempt to come up with a vehicle that could offer true functionality while still providing decadent luxury.
In 2006, the company tried again with the Mark LT. This time Lincoln played it safe, borrowing in large part from the extremely popular Ford F-150, grafting on an appropriately Lincoln visage and re-styling the interior to match the automaker's plush reputation. The Mark LT was a true working truck, with all of the capabilities found in the F-150 but wrapped in a much more upscale shell.
The 2006 - 2007 Lincoln Mark LT stands alone in the world of full-size trucks. While clearly more upscale than the GMC Denali trim, there has been no response from Cadillac, which prefers to offer the mid-gate equipped Escalade EXT as its sole foray into the quasi-pickup field. Foreign automakers have also largely avoided this area of the market, preferring to concentrate on their standard truck designs in an effort to wean buyers away from the domestic offerings that they are used to. This article takes a look at the Lincoln Mark LT, the best used full-size truck in the luxury segment by virtue of the fact that it is the only example to be found.
2006 - 2007 Lincoln Mark LT
While the front end of the 2006 - 2007 Lincoln Mark LT might be dominated by a grille that could have been almost directly transplanted from its Navigator cousin, the rest of the truck's styling is pure F-150. This is not necessarily a bad thing - after all, the Ford F-150 has millions of devoted followers around the world - but unless seen from the front or the back, it is difficult to tell that truck is actually a Lincoln and not a merely a Ford with nicer rims.
Like the Navigator, buyers have only one engine choice available to them, a 300 horsepower 5.4-liter, 8-cylinder unit that is curiously matched to a 4-speed automatic instead of Lincoln's more advanced 6-speed unit. Dual-range four-wheel drive is available for drivers who intend to take their Mark LT into conditions which require a little something extra in the traction department,. and the truck is capable of towing a maximum of just under 9,000 lbs. This makes it one of the premier trailer vehicles for those who require accommodations for up to five passengers, plus the convenience of an open cargo bed.
With a four-door cab being the only available body style, the 2006 - 2007 Lincoln Mark LT is relatively easy for passengers to climb in and out of, although the extra ground clearance might make it a bit of a step for shorter occupants. The Mark LT's full range of standard equipment is impressive: dual climate control, wood trim, leather seats with memory function and power everything, including remote keyless entry. A CD changer that can read MP3's is also provided, and in terms of options a DVD player, power sliding rear window and a moonroof help to further pamper drivers and their passengers.
Make no mistake - despite its luxury trappings, the 2006 - 2007 Lincoln Mark LT is a full-size truck through and through. It might not handle like a sports car, or provide the settled ride that most Lincoln drivers are used to, but it does possess the capacity to work hard for a living, making it a worthy used truck for anyone who needs their vehicle to walk the walk.