The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced today that the Mercedes-BEnz R-Class (apparently seen as a large SUV) and the Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury sedan have received the 2009 Top Safety Pick Award.
“To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control.” Of course, electronic stability control has to be a standard option to qualify for a Top Safety Pick award, which both the R-Class and the MKZ have.
IIHS said that the Top Safety Pick designation applies to 2009 R-Class models built after September, 2008, and 2010 MKZ models.
2010 Lincoln MKZ:
– By: The Daily Auto Edtior