2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

By Jacob Brown | August 01, 2013
Mitsubishi may be down, but it certainly isn't out. Proof of this comes by way of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. That's the highest new vehicle safety rating the organization awards, which few have yet to earn. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a brand-new model and comes with a host of new technologies including lane departure warning, a new seven-inch infotainment screen, and an active all-wheel-drive system derived from the one used in the Mitsubishi Evo sports sedan. The three-row crossover also benefits from a reworked 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission. To earn Top Safety Pick+ status, the crossover not only had to pass standard front, side, and rollover tests with flying colors, but it also had to make it through the much tougher narrow front offset crash test, which puts a higher concentration of force on a smaller area, with its dummy passengers safe and sound. During our First Drive of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, we were left with a lukewarm impression of the new SUV. But with few other options for a three-row crossover that's stylish, tech-laden, and well-priced, Mitsubishi may have a winner on its hands if only because there are so few other small crossovers that have yet to receive the IIHS's highest honor. Source: IIHS