2017 Lincoln MKZ Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has earned the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The midsize luxury car shares its platform with the Ford Fusion, which also earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from IIHS. Both cars had their front ends and bumpers modified to improve protection in frontal crashes and now earn a good rating in the small overlap test, compared with an acceptable rating for earlier models.

Like the 2017 Ford Fusion, the MKZ is available with an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests, the MKZ was able to avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph.

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To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, the top award from IIHS, a vehicle must earn 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.

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