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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good, frontal, side, and rear impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, frontal crash driver; four stars, frontal crash passenger; five stars, side impact
Crash tests on par with Volvo, the same roll-control feature and a better rollover rating
The 2008 Lincoln MKX has undergone a full battery of crash tests and emerged as one the safest cars on the road today.
The Lincoln MKX 2008 has proved its mettle in a variety of crash tests, earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top scores in frontal, side, and rear impact tests. The Lincoln MKX also drives away with an IIHS Top Safety Pick award. In government tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Lincoln MKX 2008 five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection during front crash tests, as well as five stars for side-impact crashes. Cars.com also points out that the Lincoln MKX features a "better rollover rating" than the very safe Volvo XC90, a vehicle that shares the 2008 Lincoln MKX's Roll Stability Control system.
ForbesAutos loves the "plentiful" safety systems on the Lincoln MKX 2008 and describes the standard "AdvanceTrak stability control system" as using "brake and accelerator intervention to help keep all four wheels firmly planted." Kelley Blue Book also makes a note of the 2008 Lincoln MKX's standard "four-wheel disc four-channel anti-lock brakes, traction control...and six airbags."
One sore spot on many large cars is visibility. The 2008 Lincoln MKX offers decent visibility for a vehicle of its size, though ConsumerGuide is quick to point out that "rear headrests partially block the rearward view." However, looking out the front of the Lincoln MKX, Car and Driver says that "forward visibility is fantastic." Aiding nighttime visibility are "adaptive halogen headlamps" that move in the direction of a turn, providing increased illumination, according to Cars.com.
The 2008 Lincoln MKX boasts an impressive list of standard safety and accident-prevention features, but if that isn't enough, it also sports some of the best crash test ratings of any vehicle on the road today.