The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that the previous generation of the Lincoln MKX “had good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations.” However, it was never put through the small overlap test due to the fact that the IIHS introduced the test in 2012, six years after the first-gen Lincoln MKX made its debut in North America. The all-new MKX, however, aced the small overlap, measuring a maximum intrusion of four inches (10.16 centimeters) at the lower door hinge pillar.
Dummy measures indicated a low risk of injury in all other crash scenarios. Regarding roof strength, the IIHS found out that the 2016 Lincoln MKX Reserve 4WD can sustain a peak force of 23,376 pounds (10,603 kilograms), more than five times as much as the 4,489 lbs (2,036 kg) curb weight of the MKX.
The Ford-branded sibling didn’t fare as well as the MKX's more luxurious brother. When the IIHS tested the redesigned Edge, the model earned an overall evaluation of “average” in the small overlap crash test. The reason? The “dummy’s head remained largely in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still moved toward the intruding A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy's head and torso.”