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Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX Named IIHS "Top Safety Pick"

Posted: Apr 21, 2011 11:05 a.m.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced yesterday that the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX earned IIHS “Top Safety Pick” status. The MKX and Edge join other midsize SUVs, like the Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand Cherokee that are “Top Safety Picks.”

The Edge and the MKX were redesigned for 2011, and while the previous generation scored well in most IIHS tests, there were a few areas for improvement. “When The Edge and MKX first came out in 2007, both earned “Good” ratings in every category except for rollover performance where the models earned an “Average” rating,” writes Motor Trend. “According to the IIHS, the roof in the previous models could only support 3.5 times their weight.”

Now the redesigned Edge and MKX both sport a roof that’s significantly stronger. “In the Institute's roof strength evaluation, the roof of the Edge withstood a force equal to 4.7 times the vehicle's weight,” reports IIHS. “The test assesses how well the occupant compartment would hold up in a rollover crash.” To earn a roof strength score of “Good”, the IIHS requires vehicles to support at least four times its weight.

But the Edge and MKX aren’t just about good crash test scores. The automaker has also included safety tech on both models that is often a high-dollar option. “Ford’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), which detects and alerts drivers of vehicles in blind spots, is standard on the Edge and MKX,” says Truck Trend.

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