Add three more cars to the list of five-star NCAP winners: the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has just bestowed the 2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer, and Lincoln MKS with a five-star overall crash rating.
In NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), all three cars earned an overall vehicle score of five stars. The score factors in frontal and side-impact testing with the vehicle’s ability to resist rolling over. They are the only Ford and Lincoln products to achieve the top rating at this point in time. It’s not too surprising that all three vehicles earned the five-star rating – after all, they’re all built on the same D3 platform.
Along with sharing platforms and powertrains, the Explorer, Taurus, and MKS also share a number of safety equipment that the Ford believes helped them earn a five-star rating. For 2013, Ford redesigned the passenger airbag and restraint systems in all three cars, and added a passenger-side knee airbag on the Explorer. All Tauruses, Explorers, and MKS models come standard with dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side impact airbags for front-seat passengers, and side curtain airbags for all rows of seating. Electronic stability control is standard on the Taurus and MKS; traction control with roll stability control is standard on the Explorer. Additional safety equipment like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear inflatable seatbelts (Explorer only) are also available as options.
The 2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer, and Lincoln MKS are all on sale now. Pricing starts at $27,395 for the Taurus, $29,695 for the Explorer, and $43,685 for the MKS. (All prices include destination charges.)