Crossovers seem to imply safety, with their beef and bulk, but the latest round of crash tests from the federal government and the insurance industry have clouded the picture for the MKX.
According to those new tests, the MKX has lost some of the stars on its crash-test report card. While it's still a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the MKX is now rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at four stars overall, with a three-star score for front impacts and five stars for side impacts.
With the usual array of airbags and stability controls, the MKX goes out of its way to stuff in all sorts of cutting-edge safety technology. The electronics include trailer-sway control and hill start assist, and on the options list, adaptive cruise control, frontal-collision warning, and blind-spot monitors.
A rearview camera is standard, but the MKX already does well for itself in outward visibility. The high driving position allows for a clear view of the road ahead, and the thick rear roof pillars don't obscure that view too badly.