The new Lincoln Continental continues to get rave reviews from automobile critics and journalists, and Lincoln’s new flagship sedan recently scored an important safety nod from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2017 Lincoln Continental earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, a designation recognizing the Lincoln Continental as one of the safest automobiles on the road. For the auto execs who revived the Continental after a nearly 15-year hiatus, this latest award is yet another validation of their bold move, which once had many naysayers.
Now available at Bloomington Ford and other Ford and Lincoln dealerships around the nation, the Lincoln Continental earned top marks from the IIHS by obtaining “Good” scores on five evaluations—small overlap front crash, moderate overlap front crash, side crash, roof strength, and whiplash resistance, as well as a “Good” rating for its headlights. The Continental also earned a “Superior” rating in crash avoidance and mitigation.
Only two other large sedans won IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designations in the most recent round of testing by the independent organization. The 2017 Lincoln Continental has yet to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a government auto safety organization. Auto experts say NHTSA standards are less strict than IIHS standards, so there’s little doubt that the Continental will fare well on these tests.
How the Lincoln Continental Keeps You Safe
The Lincoln Continental has a number of design features that work to keep drivers and passengers of this luxury automobile safe. The new Continental’s body is based on the Fusion design and uses high strength steel in critical locations to ensure occupant safety should a crash occur.
The Continental’s commitment to safety doesn’t stop with its structural design, however. The vehicle also has a number of electronic safety features, which, along with standard safety features such as seatbelts and airbags, help prevent or mitigate crashes.
The new Continental offers Pre-Collision Assist, a system that uses radars and cameras to detect other vehicles or pedestrians that may be in front of the vehicle. The system alerts the driver, but, if the driver does not reply in a timely fashion, the vehicle will automatically apply brakes.
The Continental also offers blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active parking assist, a 360-degree camera, lane keeping assistance, and more. One of the new Continental’s more interesting safety features is a high beam assist feature that automatically switches between high and low beams if it detects another vehicle on the road.
Consumers have responded well to the rebirth of the Continental. Sales of the new vehicle have been strong since Ford introduced the luxury sedan in fall 2016. The Continental replaced the Lincoln MKS. The vehicle is produced in Flat Rock, MI.
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