2012 Lincoln MKS Safety

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The Lincoln MKS has performed well in crash tests in years past, but like some other vehicles, there's now missing data.

In the 2011 model year, both the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) changed their safety methodology, incorporating new tests and breaking comparative ratings with years past. The NHTSA still has yet to catch up with the MKS, and hasn't issued any new crash-test rankings.

According to the insurance industry, the 2012 Lincoln MKS is one of the safest sedans on the road.

The IIHS, meanwhile, has reupped on the MKS, giving it the Top Safety Pick designation, which means the MKS has aced that agency’s crash tests, while it also meets a new roof-crush standard and has standard stability control.

Along with those high crash-test figures, the MKS brings out all the standard safety gear you’d expect in a pricier German-built sedan. The big Lincoln has dual front, side, and curtain airbags standard, along with anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control. A rearview camera, automatic wipers and front parking sensors also are standard, while adaptive cruise control is an option.

Techno fans will also want to order the optional Active Park Assist. It uses sensors and cameras to determine the optimal steering angle, and with the help of the driver on the gas and brake, it “parks” the car. It’s available only on the turbo MKS, since it’s the version with the necessary electric power steering.

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