2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Safety

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The safety story for the Lancer has plenty of upside, with a good list of safety features, top-tier safety ratings, and crisp, responsive handling. For those reasons, it can truly be called one of the safest small-car models.

Front side airbags, side-curtain bags, and a driver's knee airbag are included in all 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer models, along with anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.

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. It's also scored a 'good' rating in the new roof strength test and earned Top Safety Pick status for 2011. The federal government hasn't yet tested the Lancer in its revised, tougher NCAP testing program.

Good safety ratings plus a full list of equipment and responsive handling put the 2012 Lancer at a safety advantage.

Outward visibility might be something worth noting on the test drive. The spoiler on GT models could potentially get in the way of rear vision, and the rather high beltline could also prove an issue.

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