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SAFETY | 10 out of 10
Good, frontal offset
Five stars, front impact protection and side impact protection
Comes standard with an advanced air bag system
The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander offers world-class crash-test ratings and a long list of safety features.
Both major crash-testing agencies, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have tested the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the results are very impressive. The NHTSA subjected the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander to its full battery of tests and subsequently awarded the Mitsubishi Outlander a perfect five-star rating in all four impact tests. The Mitsubishi 2008 Outlander earns this five-star rating for front driver and passenger impact protection, as well as driver and passenger side impact protection. A further testament to the solid construction and engineering featured on the Mitsubishi Outlander comes from the IIHS, where testers award the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander their highest rating, "good," for all impacts;the IIHS' "Top Safety Pick" award goes with those results.
Crash-test results, though very important, are only one part of the equation when it comes to overall safety. A second, and equally critical, component is the list of standard and optional safety features that come with a vehicle. Here, again, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander is a standout, and all of its safety features come standard on every trim level. Mother Proof reviewers write that these features include "an advanced air bag system and an anti-lock brake system," while Cars.com adds that "an electronic stability system" comes standard. Rounding out the list of safety features, Edmunds says that "whiplash-reducing front head restraints" are found on every 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander.
One area where many SUVs and crossovers suffer is driver visibility, as their large dimensions typically hinder visibility, especially to the rear corners. However, the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander manages to excel here as well, as ConsumerGuide notes that although the "tall 3rd-row seatbacks partially block the view astern," the "visibility is fine otherwise."
The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander boasts a wealth of airbags and strong crash-test ratings that will comfort even the most nervous of drivers.