Top Safety Pick

2017 Lincoln MKZ

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2017 Lincoln MKZ 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

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 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Ford Fusion SE 4-door

The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the front-end structure and bumper reinforcement were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side 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 maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1617
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 2
Left toepan (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1617
Head
HIC-15 86
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 18
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.63
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.0
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 31
Right 37

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Ford Fusion SE 4-door

The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the front-end structure and bumper reinforcement were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was maintained very well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the passenger dummy’s head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The passenger’s space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1706
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 3
Right toepan (cm) 2
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 5
Right lower dash (cm) 4

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1706
Head
HIC-15 90
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 16
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.36
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.1
Right 0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 26
Right 26

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1706
Head
HIC-15 43
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.39
Right 0.31
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 0.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 54
Right 34

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Ford Fusion SE 4-door

The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the front-end structure and bumper reinforcement were modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap and moderate overlap frontal crashes.

Moderate overlap 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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1609
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1609
Head
HIC-15 157
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.35
Maximum tibia index - right 0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 54
Right 60

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Ford Fusion SE 4-door 4wd

The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the side airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle:2017 Ford Fusion SE 4-door 4wd

The Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ were redesigned for the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2017 models, the side airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of side crash test verification.

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
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1608
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -11.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1608
Head HIC-15 377
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 40
Lateral force (kN) 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 59

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1608
Head HIC-15 143
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.43
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.6
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 14
A-P moment (Nm) 100

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Lincoln MKZ Select 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,812 lbs
Peak force 15,929 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.18

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2013-19 models

Seat type: Power Leather Seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power Leather Seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 15
Distance below top of head (mm) 30
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 16.1
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 524

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Applies to 2017-18 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Select trim equipped with Climate package
  • Reserve trim equipped with Climate package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Select trim equipped with Climate package
  • Reserve trim equipped with Climate package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 82.5 m 13.4 %
Straightaway left edge 48.2 m 13.4 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 41.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 133.3 m
Straightaway left edge 132.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 69.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Premiere trim
  • Select trim
  • Reserve trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premiere trim
  • Select trim
  • Reserve trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 82.5 m 13.4 %
Straightaway left edge 48.2 m 13.4 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 41.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 133.3 m
Straightaway left edge 132.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 69.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Reserve trim equipped with Luxury package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Reserve trim equipped with Luxury package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 116.0 m 312.1 %
Straightaway left edge 96.2 m 312.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 83.1 m 78.0 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 71.6 m 51.6 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.3 m 65.2 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.8 m 38.5 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 183.6 m
Straightaway left edge 163.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 86.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 75.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • Reserve trim equipped with Luxury and Climate packages
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Reserve trim equipped with Luxury and Climate packages
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 116.0 m 312.1 %
Straightaway left edge 96.2 m 312.1 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 83.1 m 78.0 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 71.6 m 51.6 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.3 m 65.2 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.8 m 38.5 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 183.6 m
Straightaway left edge 163.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 86.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 75.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 69.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim base/Premiere
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 6-8
Force (lbs) 33
Clearance angle (degrees) 61
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 6-8
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated