What Changed for 2008:
- Available rearview camera system
- Standard Sirius satellite radio
Mark LT, a luxury pickup truck based on the Ford F-150
, has only been on the market since 2005 as a 2006 model. Not much has changed in that time, and the 2008 model year marks the last for the Mark LT. Only two items have been added for 2008: an available rear camera system, and the addition of Sirius satellite radio as standard. The Mark LT only has one direct competitor, the Cadillac Escalade EXT
There's only one trim level offered in either 2- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), but the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT is fully featured. Two bed-length choices are available: a 6.5-foot long box or the 5.5-foot short box that comes standard. The long-bed version adds about 12 inches of extra length to the wheelbase, and the same amount to the overall length (with 10 cubic feet of cargo capacity added overall), making it easier to carry longer bikes or ATVs. Standard features include remote keyless entry, electronic shift-on-the-fly controls for 2WD models, power windows, and traction assist on 4WD models.
Four optional packages are available for the 2008 Mark LT. A Deluxe Power package includes a power moonroof, power-adjustable pedals, power-folding, heated electrochromatic mirrors with puddle lamps, and a power-sliding rear window. The Elite package includes the Deluxe Power package, rearview camera system, chrome running boards, navigation system, Reverse Sensing system, trailer tow package, and a limited-slip differential. The Monochrome Appearance package includes a body-color grille surround and front/rear bumpers, chrome running boards, power-adjustable pedals, and PowerFold heated body-color exterior mirrors. For those who can't decide, the Monochrome Elite package combines the Monochrome Appearance package with Elite package.Powertrain
Power for the 2008 Lincoln Mark LT remains the same as last year, with Ford
's 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine providing the motive force of 300 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. The Triton is matched to a 4-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 12 mpg city/16 mpg highway for the 2WD model, and 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway for the 4WD version. The Mark LT's frame is hydroformed and boxed for strength, and the coil-over-shock double-wishbone front suspension and Hotchkiss-designed rear suspension provide good ride quality whether the truck bed is full or empty, Ford says. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard and include anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution, which helps reduce braking distances and maximizes rear-wheel braking especially when towing, according to the company.Safety
The 2008 Lincoln Mark LT's frame and body are designed to absorb and dissipate kinetic crash energies to protect occupants, the company says. Ford's Personal Safety System includes items like a front-passenger occupant classification system that determines what to do with air bag deployment, the BeltMinder system to remind all to buckle up, and driver and passenger front-seat air bags. The Mark LT receives a 5-star frontal crash-test rating for front-row occupants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), and a 4-star rollover rating. Although the Mark LT was not rated for crash protection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
), the Ford F-150 upon which the LT is based received the Institute's top rating of "Good" in the frontal offset crash test.Technology
For 2008, the Lincoln Mark LT is introducing a new rearview camera system mounted in the tailgate handle bezel that activates when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The video image of what's behind the truck is displayed on the auto-dimming rearview mirror so the driver can avoid any obstacles behind the vehicle, the automaker explains.