- The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander earned the 2013 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander joins a handful of small SUVs, including the 2014 Subaru Forester and 2013-'14 Jeep Patriot, to have earned the special safety designation.
- The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has not been rated under the federal government's five-star crash test program.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander earned the 2013 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The award, one of the most coveted safety accolades in the industry, was announced on Thursday.
To qualify for the award, vehicles must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate-overlap frontal crash, small-overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.
IIHS said the 2014 Outlander is one of two small crossovers to earn a "good" rating in the small overlap front test — a recently instituted test in which it has proven difficult to earn the Institute's top rating. The other small crossover to achieve a "good" rating in the small-overlap test is the 2014 Subaru Forester.
The IIHS introduced the small-overlap frontal crash test in 2012. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
"In addition to designing the new Outlander to do well in the small overlap front test, Mitsubishi improved rollover protection in the SUV to earn a good rating for roof strength," said the IIHS in a statement. "The 2014 model's roof withstood a force equal to nearly five times the SUV's weight. The previous-generation Outlander earned an acceptable rating for roof strength."
While the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander earned the IIHS's top rating, the vehicle has not been rated under the federal government's five-star crash test program.
The IIHS releases its vehicle safety ratings on a rolling basis.
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