The Outlander does extremely well in crash tests; it gets nearly perfect "good" scores from the IIHS for frontal offset and side impact, as well as in the seat-based rear-impact test. Its only blemish is an "acceptable" score in the new IIHS roof-strength test. It gets top five-star ratings in the federal government's frontal impact and side impact exams.
All Outlanders come with front side airbags, side curtain bags covering the first two rows, front active headrests, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes. Edmunds notes the "whiplash-reducing front head restraints."
ConsumerGuide notes that although the "tall 3rd-row seatbacks partially block the view astern," the "visibility is fine otherwise."