The 2013 Ford Taurus large family sedan, Ford Explorer crossover and Lincoln MKS large luxury sedan have each earned a five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
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The rigorous NCAP testing combines a vehicle’s performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.
Built on the same platform and at the same Chicago Assembly Plant, the 2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS also share powertrains and some safety equipment that Ford says helped the vehicles achieve the five-star top safety pick rating.
These include redesigned airbags and restraint system enhancements, including safety belt anchor pretensioners and locking safety belt tongues. In addition, the 2013 Ford Explorer crossover boasts the first passenger-side knee airbag in a Ford vehicle.
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Other standard or available safety features include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, SOS post-crash alert system, forward collision warning with brake support, curve control and Safety Canopy system. The Explorer has available inflatable safety belts for the second row. The Taurus and MKS have standard AdvanceTrac ESC (electronic stability control), while the Explorer has standard AdvanceTrac with RSC (roll stability control).
At present, these are the first 2013 Ford and Lincoln vehicles to earn NHTSA five-star status.
For more information, see The Car Connection full review of the 2013 Ford Taurus,