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We've lowered the MKZ's safety rating, now that new federal crash-test scores are in.
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standard safety features include front-seat side impact airbags

With both agencies changing their formulas for crash-test scores, the Lincoln MKZ no longer earns a perfect 10 for safety.

In the 2010 model year, the MKZ earned five-star front-impact crash scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Now, under the new equation, the MKZ drops to four stars overall, with a three-star score for frontal impacts.

Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has also updated its rankings to incorporate a roof-crush rating. It still calls the MKZ "good" in its impact and rollover tests, and has once again named it a Top Safety Pick for 2012.

Every MKZ comes with standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. It also gets a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, and parking sensors. Ford's MyKey system is wired in as well: it lets drivers configure the car for pre-set speed limits and stereo volume levels, which Ford says lets younger operators drive more safely.


We've lowered the MKZ's safety rating, now that new federal crash-test scores are in.

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