The 2009 Lincoln MKZ does only fair—when compared to other mid-size luxury sedans—in crash tests and includes a wide array of standard safety features. AdvanceTrac electronic stability is standard for the 2009 model year, bringing it in line with its competitors.
The MKZ gets a four-star rating for frontal and side impacts and rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the MKZ “good” for frontal impacts, but only “acceptable” for side impacts. Edmunds notes that 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.” 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."
From the experience of TheCarConnection.com, the MKZ suffers from a somewhat short glassy area and deeply set seats, making visibility somewhat difficult for shorter drivers. Throw in the tall dash, and the driver and rear passengers don’t have the panoramic view out offered by some taller, glassier vehicles.