The new Mitsubishi Outlander has received its safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). If you have already bought one, have a sigh of relief, because the car is a Top Safety Pick+, which means it is pretty much the safest 7-passenger car you can buy.
The little plus at the end of the title means the cars have to meet tougher crash safety standards set forth by the non-profit vehicle research and crash test ratings agency, including overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts, and pass all of them “Good” rating to be qualified for the accolade.
The success of the Outlander is largely owed to Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) technology, which includes integrated energy-absorbing crumple zones strategically placed to absorb as much energy as possible in the case of an accident, thus keep the passengers safe from the impact.
The crossover also gets a whole host of advanced safety technologies including radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems as well as a camera-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system. Pretty impressive for a car that starts at just $22,995.