Sensors on the dummy indicated a low risk of injury in an accident.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX has earned a Top Safety Pick+ honor after a recent round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crossover received the agency’s top Good score in all of its evaluations: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.

The IIHS' small overlap test focuses a collision on the front corner of a vehicle, and so much force hitting such a small area can be a serious challenge for a model’s safety. The previous MKX never faced the evaluation, but the 2016 version performed great. The largest amount of outside intrusion into the passenger compartment was just four inches around the lower door hinge pillar. The airbags also did their job of controlling the movement of the dummy’s head during the collision. Sensors indicated a low risk of injuries in the accident.

The MKX also scored IIHS’ top Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. The tech successfully avoided collisions in both the agency’s 12-miles-per-hour and 25-mph evaluations.

To get the coveted Top Safety Pick+ status, a vehicle must score Good in all of the agency’s crash tests. The front crash prevention system also must earn an Advanced or Superior rating.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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