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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, front impact, side impact, and rollover resistance
Good," frontal offset; "acceptable," side impact
standard safety features include front-seat side impact airbags
The 2008 Lincoln MKZ gets reasonably high crash-test scores and comes with a wide array of standard safety features.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the MKZ a four-star rating for front impacts, side impacts, and rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the MKZ “good” for front impacts, but only “acceptable” for side impacts. Edmunds notes these are "rather average crash ratings for a car in this class."
Safety gear, Cars.com reports, includes "all-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags," but "an electronic stability system isn't offered" on the 2008 Lincoln MKZ. That’s an omission that costs the MKZ some points and, no doubt, some customers.
Edmunds notes that the Lincoln MKZ "head airbags include a 'roll-fold' feature that helps to keep the airbag against the glass even if the occupant is out of position."
Visibility issues are not addressed in any of the reviews normally consulted by our team of experts, but in TheCarConnection.com’s editorial experience, the MKZ suffers from a somewhat short glassy area and deeply set seats; combined with the tall dash, the driver and rear passengers don’t have the panoramic view out offered by some taller, glassier vehicles.
There are sport sedans with better crash ratings and features than the 2008 Lincoln MKZ, but it performs well enough.