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2010 Insurance Institute For Highway Safety rollover tests – click above for high-res images

Perish the thought, haters! The above Lincoln MKT is getting its roof caved in not on aesthetic grounds, but rather to test its ability to survive a rollover accident. If you haven't guessed by now, the MKT did so well in the roof-crush test that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) handed parent company Ford a much coveted Top Safety Pick award. Actually, the IIHS handed FoMoCo a hefty total of five rollover-related Top Safety Pick awards. However we should note that one of the Ford products earning top marks is in fact the soon to be extinct Mercury Millan, so really Ford only nabbed four – but who's counting? Other good-to-rollover-in Ford products include the Flex, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

Speaking of thick-sculled corporate cousins, Audi and Volkswagen were handed a couple of Top Safety Picks, too. The 2010 Audi A4 and Q5 as well as the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen all earned top marks from the IIHS. As far as the Jetta goes, that's just one more reason to choose wagon over sedan. Finally, the new 2010 Hyundai Tucson gets the coveted TSP, and having recently driven the overly-stiff compact CUV, we're not at all surprised that its roof holds up to crushing. To get the dirt on the IIHS's methodology/read the press release, make the jump.



[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]
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Audi, Ford, Hyundai, and Volkswagen models earn the 2010 TOP SAFETY PICK award

Arlington, VA -- Based on new rollover test results the 2010 Audi A4 and Q5, Ford Flex and Fusion (twins Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ), Hyundai Tucson, Lincoln MKT, and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's TOP SAFETY PICK award.

Each vehicle earns the highest rating of good for roof strength in rollover crashes. To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes. Good rated vehicles have roofs that can withstand a force equal to at least 4 times the vehicle's weight. For comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight.

Top Safety Pick recognizes the vehicles that earn the highest rating of good for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and that have electronic stability control, which is standard on all of these models. Earlier this year Ford made changes to the roof structures of the Flex, Fusion, and MKT. The award applies to Flex models built after January 2010, Fusions built after April 2010, MKTs built after March 2010.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      man.... that photo definitely jumps out for attention. so in that sense i guess it worked.

      but at the same time it makes me want to punch the monitor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL! No kidding that picture is crazy. The fish eye lens makes that huge face look even more ridiculous. In defense of the Lincoln, even the Audi's face looks weird.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that car looks WAY too hapy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is looking pretty good these days. They didn't take bail-out money, IIRC. They are getting higher and higher on the JDPA long term reliability ratings, too. I can dig it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No suprize here: That is the exact list of auto manufacturers that put product as thier first priority.
        • 5 Years Ago
        except volkswagen
        • 5 Years Ago
        ashleythehottiest, have a look here:
        http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

        You'll see four VW models listed as IIHS top safety picks. That puts them up there with Volvo, Subaru and Toyota for safe cars, and it beats Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet, Lincoln, Honda, Jeep, and GMC. It's also worth noting that, unlike most other manufacturers, none of the VW models that pass the new IIHS requirements had to be changed in order to meet them.

        You'll also note that three Audi models have received IIHS top safety pick this year. Contrast this with two from Mercedes, one from Lexus, none from BMW, none from Infiniti, and none from Porsche. And again, none of the Audi models had to change to meet the new requirements.

        So, no, you're quite wrong on this one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Im not talking about safety im talking about overall their cars are POS
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say "POS" because even the worst cars today are pretty good but I would argue they are not above average by any means! VW is third from last place and Audi is way below average according to JDPower 2010 initial quality study!

        Interestingly Mercury is in the top of the list and is done at the end of the year! Go figure! They sell more cars than Audi does, even after the decline...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did Ford model the grill of this car after that shark from Finding Nemo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That MKT is grinning because it's about to submissively take a hard pounding from the top.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like how the Fusion/Milan are the only ones being angry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, if you drive a convertible, well, you get the idea..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interestingly....

      • 5 Years Ago
      That Lincoln looks like it belongs in an aquarium, staring at you... filtering plankton and small sea creatures...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. Like the Acura buck tooth, this is a grill I just cannot get past; cannot get used to, regardless of what's behind it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd have Acura's buck-tooth giant grill than this Behemoth mother of grills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is doing so many good things lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Must.Look.Away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was expecting some post-test pictures. Thanks for nothing IIHS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ditto
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen. I want to see crushed cars dammit!!!
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