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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear; 'good,' roof strength; 'acceptable,' small overlap frontal
Top Safety Pick+
Four stars overall; four stars, frontal; four stars, side impact
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the better performers in this class—and among other vehicles its size and weight it has one of the top ratings in the tough new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal test.
Safety ratings for the Outlander Sport have otherwise been good, and it has all the features you'd expect in a vehicle that works for small families; a backup camera system is still sorely lacking on the base ES, but front knee airbags are included as an addition to the expected safety set for this kind of vehicle. While it's achieved Top Safety Pick+status overall from the IIHS, its federal scores aren't quite as good, with a four-star overall rating and four-star results for frontal and side impact.
With stability control, anti-lock brakes, and side and side-curtain bags all standard, as well as front knee bags, the Outlander Sport has all the now-requisite items, along with a little more. And we've noticed that, considering the rather thick rear pillar, the elevated seating position in the Outlander Sport offers pretty good outward visibility, although some moms might want to note the omission of a backup camera system from the base ES model; that's now included in the upmarket Outlander Sport SE though.
The 2014 Outlander Sport is one crossover for which affordability and frugality don't get in the way of safety.