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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Four stars overall; three stars frontal, five stars side impact
The 2014 Lincoln MKX offers a strong set of safety features; but the crash-test ratings that are available cloud the picture somewhat.
In addition to the usual array of airbags and stability controls, the MKX includes trailer-sway control and hill start assist, as well as optional 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 compared to most other models in this class. The driving position is quite high and allows for a clear view of the road ahead, and the rear pillars don't obscure things too much.
Crash tests, however, are the final word in many cases, suggesting how well a vehicle will protect you in an accident. And for that, the MKX is a mixed bag. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls it a Top Safety Pick, although it hasn't yet been tested in the most stringent small overlap frontal test. And otherwise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it four stars overall--mainly due to a worrisome three-star score for frontal impact.
The MKX is a Top Safety Pick, although it doesn't do quite as well in federal scores.