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With great ratings for occupant protection and all the expected safety features, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is a very secure small-car pick.
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‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick

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Considering the Lancer's excellent handling, good list of safety features, and top-tier safety ratings, it can truly be called one of the safest small-car models.

Front side airbags, side-curtain bags, and a driver's knee airbag are included in all 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer models, along with anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.

Crash-test results for the Mitsubishi Lancer are very good. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Lancer top 'good' scores for frontal offset and side impact tests, as well as their seat-based rear impact test. It's also scored a 'good' rating in the new roof strength test and earned Top Safety Pick status for 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't tested it in its revised, more stringent NCAP testing program for 2011, but in the previous tests it earned a mix of four- and five-star ratings for frontal and side impact protection.

The only issue in the Lancer is visibility. Due to the rather high beltline—and the rear spoiler in GTS models—shorter drivers might find outward visibility a little more challenging compared to other small sedans.


With great ratings for occupant protection and all the expected safety features, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is a very secure small-car pick.

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