Lincoln Mark LT Merrimack NH
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Full-Size Luxury Pickup Truck
By Derek Price
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New Car Review of the 2006 Lincoln Mark LT Full-Size Luxury Pickup Truck
Base MSRP Range: $39,200 - $42,700
Base Invoice Range: $34,130 - $37,105
Options & Features
MSRP As Tested: Not Available
Versions: 2WD, 4WD.
Vehicle Category: Full-Size Luxury Pickup Truck
Engine Location: Front Engine
Drive Wheels: Four-Wheel Drive , Rear-Wheel Drive .
Standard Engine: 5.4-liter , Single Overhead Cam , 24-valves, V-8 ,300 �' horsepower at 5000 rpm and 365 lb-ft torque at 3750 rpm.
Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 15/19.
Transmission: Four-speed automatic overdrive.
Standard Safety Features: Driver and passenger airbags, Anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes .
Competition: Cadillac Escalade EXT, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500.
The 2006 Blackwood has received many improvements, and is worthy of another look, but If you don’t, don't feel bad. Judging from how many Blackwoods were sold, it's not the kind of truck most people care to think about.
The Blackwood was Lincoln's first attempt at making a luxury pickup truck, and only 3,356 were sold before it was axed after a mere 15 months in production. It was a pathetic sales flop by any standard.
Fast forward to today, and Lincoln is hoping for much better sales from the 2006 Mark LT truck, this time priced thousands less than the Deadwood - er, Blackwood -- and its nearest competition, the Cadillac Escalade EXT.
Aside from its stratospheric price, the Blackwood failed because it was almost totally useless as a real truck, with a bed that was way too fancy for hauling stuff and towing capacity that was way too wimpy. Nobody who really needed a truck wanted to buy it. It looked nice, but it couldn't do the kinds of things that people buy trucks for in the first place.
The Mark LT addresses the Blackwood's shortcomings by being heavily based on the Ford F-150 pickup, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.
On the bright side, the F-150 is the most refined full-size truck on the road, with a quiet cabin that already feels like it belongs in a luxury car. If you're building a luxury truck, you can't start with a better platform, and there's no doubt that the Mark LT can perform like a real truck ...