The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has kind words for the 2011 Lincoln MKX today, calling it a Top Safety Pick.
The Top Safety Pick award goes to vehicles that earn "good" ratings in the insurance industry-funded group's own crash tests. The award only goes to vehicles that have stability control on their standard-equipment list.
This year the IIHS also added a roof-crush standard to its criteria, which eliminated scores of vehicles from the Top Safety Pick ranks.
The MKX's standard equipment list includes the usual airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. On the options list, the highly-rated 2011 MKX also gets options for a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive headlights.
The MKX has been revamped this year with updated powertrains, a big winged grille, and the implantation of MyLincoln Touch into its cabin. MyLincoln Touch, like its Ford cousin, replaces many of the knobs and switches inside the cockpit with a big touchscreen and light-sensitive switches. It's a system that other publications think may have a negative impact on the vehicle's safety.
In today's Lincoln lineup, the MKZ and MKS sedans and the big MKT crossover also have been named Top Safety Picks.