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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal, side, and rear impact
Five stars, frontal crash driver; four stars, frontal crash passenger; five stars, side impact
The 2010 Lincoln MKX's safety features and ratings are extremely reassuring.
In government tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the Lincoln MKX 2010 five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection during front crash tests, as well as five stars for side-impact crashes. The Lincoln MKX 2010 also earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top scores in frontal, side, and rear impact tests. Additionally, the Lincoln MKX earned a Top Safety Pick award in 2009, though it didn't make the cut with the updated standards in 2010.
Cars.com points out that the Lincoln MKX features a "better rollover rating" than the very safe Volvo XC90, which shares the 2010 Lincoln MKX's Roll Stability Control system.
Kelley Blue Book notes the 2010 Lincoln MKX's standard "four-wheel disc four-channel anti-lock brakes, traction control...and six airbags." Visibility out the front of the Lincoln MKX, Car and Driver declares, "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 2010 Lincoln MKX is one of the safest vehicles on the road today.