The Lancer is one of the safer small cars, considering its confidence-inspiring handling, plus safety features, including front side airbags, side-curtain bags, and a driver's knee airbag. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are newly standard for 2010, across the entire model line.
Crash-test results for the 2010 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. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards it a mix of four- and five-star ratings for frontal and side impact protection.
The Lancer uses "Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody construction to disperse impact energy," notes The Auto Channel.
With anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, a proven lifesaver, now standard on the 2010 Lancer, this model now includes more safety features than you'll find on some other budget-priced small sedans. Edmunds observes that the Lancer features a "solid array of airbags, including front-seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag."
When test-driving the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer, you might note how well you can see out. ConsumerGuide finds that "outward visibility aft and to the right-rear isn't great, and it's made worse by the available rear spoiler" on the GTS trim.