Mercedes R Klasse, Lincoln MKZ Get IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
"Recognizing vehicles at the head of the class for safety helps consumers distinguish the best overall choices without having to sort through multiple test results," Institute president Adrian Lund said in a release.
In 2009, in the large SUV segment, the Top Safety Pick was also awarded to the Audi Q7, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and Saturn Outlook. Other Top Safety Picks in Lincoln MKZ's class were the Acura TSX, Acura TL, Audi A4, Saab 9-3, the Mercedes C Klasse and the BMW 3 Series.
According to IIHS, "criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements such as top crash test ratings and the rapid addition of electronic stability control, which is standard on the R class and the MKZ".