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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front and side driver impact; four stars, front and side passenger impact
Good, frontal offset impact; Good, side impact; Top Safety Pick
Outward visibility aft and to the right-rear isn't great
With the sort of overenthusiastic driving—and risk-prone drivers—that cars like the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart tend to inspire, it's good to know that the vehicle is certifiably safe. Fortunately, both NHTSA and the IIHS give their respective stamps of approval to the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
In NHTSA tests, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart earns a very respectable mix of four- and five-star crash test ratings. For both of the driver-side impact tests, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart garners a perfect five-star rating; passengers fare slightly less well, with both passenger-side tests yielding four-star ratings for the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart's government scores are impressive in their own right, but the IIHS scores are where the Ralliart really establishes its safety cred. In IIHS tests, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart picks up the highest possible rating, "good," in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. Furthermore, the IIHS awards the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart a Top Safety Pick, citing the Ralliart's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and optional electronic stability control."
In addition to a solid chassis and structure, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart comes equipped with a full array of safety equipment. MyRide.com reviewers point out that the standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, a full range of airbags, and daytime running lights, along with child safety locks for the doors. TheCarConnection.com's editors also note that a driver's knee airbag is standard on all Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliarts, and an electronic stability control system can be added as an option.
Unfortunately, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart suffers from one notable safety problem: poor visibility. As reviewers at ConsumerGuide report, the "high windowsills impart a slightly closed-in feeling" and are partly responsible for the fact that "outward visibility aft and to the right-rear isn't great, and it's made worse by the available rear spoiler." Poor sightlines are bound to make parking-lot maneuvers more stressful, and out on the open road, the spoiler can often obstruct police cars (a very valid concern for many Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart drivers).
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart's body is as sound as they come, but beware poor-visibility lane changes.