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2009 Lincoln MKS

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2009 Lincoln MKS 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Lincoln MKS 4-door

The Lincoln MKS was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 15 cm to the right, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

The dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right, and the head hit the intruding instrument panel.

Door hinge pillar, door sill, and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a high risk of injury to the left hip and a moderate risk to the left knee and left lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Lincoln MKS Ultimate 4-door

The Lincoln MKS was introduced in the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2009-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Lincoln MKS 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Lincoln MKS was introduced in the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Lincoln MKS 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,172 lbs
Peak force 17,461 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.19

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-12 models

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry