Five stars is the highest rating.
On sale now at Mitsubishi dealerships, the 2017 Lancer received four stars in the front, side and rollover crash tests.
Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control.
New for 2017, a rearview camera is standard on all trim levels.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2017 Lancer. But the 2016 Lancer scored an Acceptable rating in the institute's small-overlap crash test and Good ratings in all other crash tests.
The small-overlap front crash test replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or hits an object like a tree or utility pole.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2017 Ford Focus and Honda Civic earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla have not been rated.