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standard safety features include front-seat side impact airbags
It's essentially a carry-over from last year, but the 2011 Lincoln MKZ will have to wait for its final crash-test scores.
For the 2010 model year, the MKZ earned five-star front-impact crash scores from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), with five stars for driver-side protection, but just four stars for rear-side protection. This year, the agency changed the way it rates vehicles, and as a result, it hasn't yet published numbers for the MKZ.
The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) awards the MKZ "good" ratings in both tests, and has named it a Top Safety Pick again for 2011, though it too has changed the criteria for its ratings.
Standard features for the MKZ include every safety piece known to Ford, including blind-spot monitors, curtain airbags and parking sensors and a rearview camera. Ford's MyKey system, which allows drivers to set speed limits and volume levels for younger drivers, is now standard.
While the NHTSA still has yet to issue its ratings, the IIHS says the 2011 Lincoln MKZ is among the safest sedans you can buy.