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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars, front impacts and driver-side impacts; four stars, rear side impacts and rollover resistance
Good," front and side impacts
standard safety features include front-seat side impact airbags
Lincoln dramatically improves the crashworthiness of the MKZ sedan, backing up better crash-test scores with new safety technology.
For the 2010 model year, the MKZ earns five-star front-impact crash scores from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), with five stars for driver-side protection, but just four stars for rear-side protection. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) awards the MKZ "good" ratings in both tests and calls it a Top Safety Pick.
Standard safety features include dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; and traction and stability control. 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." Rear parking sensors and a 911 Alert system are standard.
A rearview camera is an option, as are a blind-spot alert system and Cross-Traffic Alert, which "alerts the driver when another vehicle resides in a blind spot or when there is laterally approaching traffic while reversing out of a parking spot," Motor Trend explains.
TheCarConnection.com's editors feel visibility is an issue for shorter drivers in the MKZ. With the MKZ's smaller glass areas and deeply set seats, those drivers will need to raise the seats as high as possible.
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ has improved its crash-test scores and offers more safety features and options.