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.