Lincoln MKZ earns good small overlap rating, Top Safety Pick+

August 25, 2016

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ earns the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to modifications to its front-end structure that boosted its small overlap front rating and an improved front crash prevention system.

The MKZ, a midsize luxury car, shares a platform with the Ford Fusion, whose Top Safety Pick+ designation was previously announced. Both cars had their front ends and bumpers modified to improve protection in frontal crashes. They now earn a good rating in the small overlap test, compared with an acceptable rating for earlier models.

Like the 2017 Fusion, the 2017 MKZ is available with an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests, the MKZ avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, the highest award from IIHS, a vehicle must have good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.

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