The newly facelifted 2017 Lincoln MKZ crashed its way to a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. To earn the award, a vehicle needs the agency’s top Good score in all of the tests and an Advanced or Superior rating for the front crash prevention system.
The 2017 MKZ has a modified front-end structure that makes the sedan safer in an accident. The changes allowed the updated model to score a Good rating in the small-overlap front crash test, versus Acceptable for the previous version.
Lincoln also earned an improved rating for the MKZ’s front crash prevention system. The previous version had a Basic score, the agency’s lowest, but it improved to Superior, the best, this time. The sedan was able to avoid collisions in the 12- and 25-mile-per-hour (19 - and 40-kilometer-per-hour) evaluations, and there was a forward collision warning that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's standards.
In addition to its updated styling and improved safety, the 2017 MKZ is available with a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 that makes 350 horsepower (261 kilowatts) and 400 pound-feet (541 Newton-meters) of torque on front-wheel-drive models. Choosing all-wheel drive increases the output is an impressive 400 hp (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm).
Source: Lincoln, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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Lincoln MKZ earns good small overlap rating, TOP SAFETY PICK+
ARLINGTON, Va. — The 2017 Lincoln MKZ earns the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to modifications to its front-end structure that boosted its small overlap front rating and an improved front crash prevention system.
The MKZ, a midsize luxury car, shares a platform with the Ford Fusion, whose TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation was previously announced. Both cars had their front ends and bumpers modified to improve protection in frontal crashes. They now earn a good rating in the small overlap test, compared with an acceptable rating for earlier models.
Like the 2017 Fusion, the 2017 MKZ is available with an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests, the MKZ avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+, the highest award from IIHS, a vehicle must have good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating.
2017 LINCOLN MKZ EARNS TOP SAFETY RATING FROM INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 25, 2016 – The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has earned the highest safety award issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – due in part to its front crash prevention system.
To earn the agency’s Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have superior ratings in its small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. Lincoln MKZ is available with an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating.
Also helping Lincoln MKZ earn a Top Safety Pick+ are modifications to its front-end structure that boost the vehicle’s small overlap front rating and front crash prevention system. The small overlap front test represents a frontal crash in which only a small portion of the vehicle’s front end is involved.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety track tests, MKZ avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph. The car also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ also is available with a suite of intuitive, driver-assist technologies. Its Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses camera and radar technology to monitor the vehicle’s proximity to other vehicles and pedestrians. If a potential collision is detected, the system can alert the driver with visible and audible warnings and, if needed, pre-charge the brakes and increase brake sensitivity to help provide full responsiveness.
The lane-keeping system uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings. It can apply steering wheel torque and alert the driver with a steering wheel vibration should sensors detect drifting.
Finally, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert uses radar sensors to alert drivers with lights in their sideview mirrors if another vehicle is detected in Lincoln MKZ’s blind spots. When drivers are backing up, the system can detect a vehicle approaching from either side, notifying drivers with a warning light and an audible tone.