Last week, the IIHS bestowed upon the Lincoln Continental sedan the Top Safety Pick+ award, which is the highest accolade available. The 2019 vehicle earned a “Good” rating for all crash categories. The vehicle also earned a “Superior” rating for its standard list of safety features. Both of these categories are requirements to be in the running for the Top Safety Pick+ award.
Along with such, vehicles have to have “Good” headlights, which the Continental does. In this vehicle’s case, the Reserve model offers the ability to upgrade to LED headlights as an optional package. While the Lincoln vehicle doesn’t have the headlights standard on the Select or Standard trims, buyers can pay extra to purchase the Reserve model and spend more to get the LED headlight package.
Late in 2018, the IIHS claimed that headlights on newer vehicles are improving across the board, though buyers are usually required to spend more for that added safety feature. In most cases, the best headlight options come on high-end models and not the base or popular trims.
In fact, the IIHS claimed that the standard HID headlights on the Continental earned the “Poor” rating because they create significant glare for other drivers. Throughout the industry, the IIHS only found 43 models that had “Poor” rated headlights as the only or best option for drivers.
First for the US
This American luxury vehicle is the first-ever vehicle built by a United States manufacturer to grab the Top Safety Pick+ award for 2019. While the safety institute named the winner’s list last month (December), the Continental wasn’t included because they had a new head and seat restraint combination fitted to it. The tests designed to evaluate for whiplash protection couldn’t be completed on time. However, the other safety ratings on the Continental carried over from the 2018 model.