2014 Mitsubishi Outlander - First Drive, March 2013Enlarge Photo
The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger family crossover SUV has aced the battery of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to earn its highest award, Top Safety Pick+.
The IIHS’ highest award requires a vehicle to score a “good’ score in at least four of the Institute’s five tests, and no less than an “acceptable” rating in the tough new small overlap front test. The other four are: moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear crash tests.
The Outlander is only the second of two small SUVs to earn a “good” rating in the small overlap front test. In May, the IIHS awarded the 2014 Subaru Forester Top Safety Pick+ status.
In a statement announcing the award, the IIHS said that Mitsubishi designed the new Outlander in order to do well in the small overlap front test. Watch the video of the test below.
The automaker also improved rollover protection to achieve the highest rating in roof strength. In the IIHS test, the 2014 Outlander’s roof withstood a force equal to nearly five times the SUV’s weight, whereas the previous-generation Outlander had only achieved an “acceptable” roof strength rating.
The 2014 Outlander has standard four-wheel anti-lock disk brakes, electronic stability control, Hill Start Assist, and seven airbags, including a new driver’s knee airbag. The side-curtain airbags have rollover sensors. Available new active safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control systems, and a camera-based Lane Departure Warning system.
Earlier this year, Mitsubishi’s smaller crossover, the 2013 Outlander Sport, also earned the Top Safety Pick+ designation.