For safety performance the MKX now sports Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, in addition to electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes and Brake Assist. Front side and side-curtain airbags are also included. Also available are adaptive cruise control and a Collision Warning with Brake Support system. Other safety-related tech features available on the 2011 Lincoln MKX include adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot information system, and a collision warning system.
The 2011 MKX has given top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and models made after February 2011 have been retested to earn top 'good' results in the Institute's roof strength test (earlier models were rated just 'acceptable'). In federal tests, the MKX achieved an overall score of four stars, including three stars for frontal impact, but it wasn't tested for side impact.