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Redesigned 2024 Lincoln Nautilus Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

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With its inspired interior highlighted by a standard 48-inch digital dash and a list of luxury features to rival anything on the market, the reimagined 2024 Lincoln Nautilus makes quite an impression. And now, there’s one more critical reason to recommend it: The Nautilus received an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ award.

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IIHS rates vehicle performance on a four-tiered scale: poor, marginal, acceptable and good. To earn the agency’s most prestigious award, vehicles must rate good or acceptable in a number of crash tests, as well as in evaluations of their headlights and crash prevention technology. The 2024 Nautilus aced the testing, scoring a good rating in every single measure, including the ones in which an acceptable rating would have sufficed. It also earned a good rating in IIHS’s updated moderate overlap front crash test, which has proven difficult for a variety of vehicles.

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Recognizing the excellent protection of front-seat occupants most modern vehicles exhibit, IIHS evolved the moderate overlap test in 2022, adding a second crash-test dummy. The size of a small woman or an average 12-year-old child, this dummy sits in the seat behind the driver, which is represented by a dummy the size of an average man. Frequently, rear seatbelts fail to adequately restrain the smaller dummy, leading to a higher risk of head, neck or abdominal injuries. But IIHS observed that the belts in the Nautilus “remained in their ideal positions to control the motion of the rear dummy without creating excessive belt forces that would make injuries more likely.”

The Nautilus also went above and beyond in the headlight and crash prevention tests. A second-tier score of acceptable will qualify a vehicle as a Top Safety Pick+, but the luxury SUV earned good ratings in both evaluations. It is noteworthy that it did so with standard equipment, too; no optional features or packages are necessary to maximize safety. If the Nautilus has made your list, that’s another mark in its favor.

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