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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Not yet tested
Crossovers seem to imply safety, with their beef and bulk, but the latest round of crash tests from the federal government and the insurance industry have clouded the picture for the 2013 MKX.
With the usual array of airbags and stability controls, the 2013 MKX goes out of its way to stuff in all sorts of cutting-edge safety technology. The electronics include trailer-sway control and hill start assist, and on the options list, adaptive cruise control, frontal-collision warning, and blind-spot monitors.
A rearview camera is standard, but the MKX already does well for itself in outward visibility. The high driving position allows for a clear view of the road ahead, and the thick rear roof pillars don't obscure that view too badly.
The ultimate arbiter of safety is crash tests. According to the latest results, the MKX isn't quite as strong a performer as it once was. It remains a Top Safety Pick, according to standards set by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the 2013 MKX is now rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at four stars overall, with a three-star score for front impacts and five stars for side impacts, and a four-star rating for rollover resistance.
The IIHS says it's a Top Safety Pick, but the NHTSA finds a flaw or two with the Lincoln MKX's crash-test scores.