2006 Lincoln Zephyr

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2006 models built after January 2006

Tested vehicle: 2006 Ford Fusion SE 4-door

The Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr were introduced in the 2006 model year. The Zephyr was renamed the MKZ beginning with 2007 models.

All 2006-07 Fusion, Milan, and Zephyr/MKZ models manufactured after January 2006 include a hard plastic "ramp" bolted above or below the carpeting near the base of the accelerator pedal designed to decrease right leg and foot injury risk in frontal offset crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a Fusion with the added part in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was low.

Postcrash photo indicating the added "ramp" intended to reduce loading on the right leg and foot in frontal offset crashes. (Cars built later in 2006 have the ramp hidden underneath the carpeting; Ford says hiding it does not affect performance.)

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0601
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 16
Center (cm) 15
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0601
Head
HIC-15 307
Peak gs at hard contact 37
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 26
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.3
Femur force - right (kN) 9.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.46
Maximum tibia index - right 0.88
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 130
Right 127

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2006 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Lincoln Zephyr was introduced in the 2006 model year and renamed the MKZ beginning with the 2007 model year.

Rating applies to 2006 models

Tested vehicle:2006 Lincoln Zephyr 4-door

The Lincoln Zephyr was introduced in the 2006 model year and renamed the MKZ beginning with the 2007 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.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0619
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -8.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0619
Head HIC-15 180
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.96
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.66
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.5
Combined force (kN) 7.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 81
A-P moment (Nm) 37

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0619
Head HIC-15 152
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 55
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 49
Average deflection (mm) 39
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.10
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.93
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 104
A-P moment (Nm) -66

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2006 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Ford Fusion SE 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,394 lbs
Peak force 11,300 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 3.33

How the roof strength test is conducted