Redesigned Lincoln MKX Scores Well in Crash Tests, Earns Top IIHS Award

The latest version of the midsized SUV took on the small overlap test for the first time, earning a perfect score

Redesigned Lincoln MKX Scores Well in Crash Tests, Earns Top IIHS Award
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May 23, 2016

A stellar performance in all the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash tests has earned the model year 2016 Lincoln MKX a Top Safety Pick+ award.

The previous version of the midsize luxury SUV had "good" ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations, but was never put through the challenging small overlap test. Introduced in 2012, the test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX aced the small overlap test, with maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the lower door hinge pillar. The crash test dummy's movement was well-controlled. Its head hit the front airbag and stayed there until rebound, and the side curtain airbag deployed with sufficient coverage to protect the head from contact with the side structure or outside objects. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injuries in a real crash of the same severity.

The redesigned MKX's optional front crash prevention system also earned a perfect score in IIHS track tests. The vehicle avoided a collision in both the 12 mph and 25 mph tests.

The 2016 MKX also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

To qualify for the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation, a vehicle must have "good" ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system that earns an "advanced" or "superior" rating.