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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Five stars overall; five stars in frontal and side impact
Top Safety Pick; 'good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
No more dry wipers dragging across the windshield
If safety is one of your concerns, the Lincoln MKS was a very good choice during most of its model life. It offers a long list of active and passive safety features, and it's rated well for occupant protection. But safety standards have gotten higher, and with new and more challenging crash tests, the big Lincoln sedan no longer rates as high as it used to.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the MKS its highest rating of "Good" on its moderate-overlap front crash, side crash, roof strength, and seat and headrest tests. But it has not tested the MKS, which is approaching the end of the current generation's model life, for the new and tougher small-overlap front crash--and the MKS no longer receives the coveted Top Safety Pick status. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the MKS its top rating of five stars overall, with five stars for frontal and side crashes and four stars for rollover safety.
The MKS also brings out much of the safety gear you’d expect as standard in a pricier German-built sedan. The big Lincoln has dual front, side, and curtain airbags standard, along with anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control. A rearview camera, automatic wipers and front parking sensors are all standard, while adaptive cruise control is an option.
As of last year, Lincoln has added lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning, as well as stronger brakes. Active Park Assist is another safety-related option; it uses sensors and cameras to determine the optimal steering angle, and with the help of the driver on the gas and brake, it “parks” the car.
The Lincoln MKS is simply one of the safest vehicles on the road today.