2017 Lincoln MKZ Gets Top Safety Pick Plus Rating From IIHS

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Lincoln has announced that the 2017 MKZ has been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The prestigious organization granted the American sedan its highest possible distinction – Top Safety Pick +.
Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ obtained the rating with the aid of optional extras, in the form of a front crash prevention system. According to the rules of the IIHS, a vehicle that has a front crash prevention system available as an option and it earns an advanced (or better) rating is eligible for the Top Safety Pick Plus distinction.

The 2017 MKZ made no exception to the rules, and received the required superior ratings in the small overlap front impact test, the moderate overlap front impact, side impact, head restraint test, and roof strength test.

In other words, the 2017 model year of the Lincoln MKZ achieved ratings high enough in all of the challenges the IIHS placed a new car through and passed them with flying colors.

Lincoln says that the MKZ has received modifications to its front-end structure to boost its small overlap front-impact behavior for the 2017 model year. Also, the company owned by Ford also enhanced the front crash prevention system that is fitted to the MKZ.

The safety tests performed by the IIHS have revealed that the MKZ’s front crash prevention system managed to avoid collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph on the proving ground.

The same system is also fitted with a forward collision warning feature, which alerts the driver of an imminent frontal impact, which is an element requested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

Lincoln offers a broad range of driver assistance technologies for the 2017 MKZ. Among them is a Pre-Collision Assist system that has a Pedestrian Detection function. It can pre-charge the brakes and increase brake sensitivity if it detects an imminent impact with a pedestrian, and the driver is also alerted of the hazard.

Like a growing number of cars on the market, the 2017 MKZ is also available with a blind spot information warning with cross-traffic alert function, which warns the driver if there are any vehicles in the “blind spots” of the automobile from either side or rear (while reversing).
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