On sale now at Lincoln dealerships, the 2016 MKX received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the MKX.
Standard safety equipment on the MKX includes antilock brakes, stability control, traction control and a rearview camera. A new feature is an "active glovebox" airbag for front-passenger knee protection.
Optional safety equipment includes pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot information system and a lane-keeping system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety posted a partial report on the 2016 MKX, saying it received "good" scores in the side crash test and moderate overlap front crash test. The forces in the test are similar to those that would result from a frontal offset crash between two vehicles of the same weight, each going just under 40 mph.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Acura MDX and BMW X5 also earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has not been rated.