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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
ABS now standard, along with previously unavailable front side airbags
TheCarConnection.com found that reviewers are satisfied with the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's safety features, but crash testing has not been completed.
Many of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's safety features are designed to keep you out of trouble in the first place, like the aforementioned stability control systems and the standard anti-lock brakes. Should these measures not prove enough, however, and you find yourself in an accident, you can take comfort in the Evolution's very respectable safety ratings.
While the 2008 Evolution represents a marked improvement in safety features over the outgoing model, it simply doesn't have any groundbreaking safety features or other standouts in the category to warrant a higher rating. Mother Proof approves of the Lancer Evolution's "comprehensive standard safety package that includes seven airbags." Also making the list of noted safety features is Mitsubishi's Super-All Wheel Control system, which Road & Track says, "combines all of the car's electronic sensors to maximize safety during hazardous driving conditions."
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has not yet been crash tested, but the Lancer on which it's heavily based got an equal mix of four- and five-star results in the federal government's tests and Good ratings from the IIHS in both frontal offset and rear tests. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, head-curtain side airbags, front-seat mounted side bags, and a driver knee airbag are all on the standard-features list.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has all the requisite safety gear, but hasn’t been tested.