2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart Safety

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The racy styling and eager demeanor of the 2011 Evolution and Ralliart might invite risky driving, but they promise good safety overall.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart shares its body structure with the standard Lancer sedan, a vehicle that has performed very well in crash tests; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the Lancer top 'good' ratings in frontal offset, side impact, rear impact, and roof strength, and it was named a Top Safety Pick for 2010. The federal government hasn't yet tested any Lancer, Ralliart, or Evo under its revised 2011-model-year ratings procedures, but it gave the 2010 Lancer a mix of four- and five-star ratings in both frontal and side tests.

All the expected safety gear is included: electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, head-curtain side airbags, front-seat mounted side bags, and a driver knee airbag are standard on both the Ralliart and Evolution. Additionally, the all-wheel-drive system might help allow you to make some types of emergency maneuvers with greater safety.

Despite their racy look and feel, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Ralliart come with decent safety features and occupant protection.

One other point worth noting is that some drivers report that outward vision—rearward in particular—is impaired by the rather high beltline and made worse by the rear spoiler.

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