The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has added a pair of Mitsubishi models to its ever-growing list of 2013 Top Safety Picks, giving the prestigious safety award to the 2013 Outlander Sport and Lancer (sedan and Sportback). Both models make a return visit to the list, but with 117 cars now on the list and IIHS crash standards getting tougher just about every, this is big news for the small Japanese automaker.

Among small SUVs, the Outlander Sport is just one of nine vehicles in this segment to be named a Top Safety Pick, while the Lancer's name is surrounded by 28 other compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks in the highly competitive small car segment. The Top Safety Pick status does not apply to the Lancer's Ralliart or Evolution variants, and neither the Outlander Sport nor the Lancer were subjected to the new small frontal offset crash test that would have resulted in the new Top Safety Pick+.

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer and Outlander Sport models Named Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 - Cypress, California, -

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has seen a pair of its 2013 vehicle offerings – the versatile and stylish Lancer compact sport sedan and the dynamic Outlander Sport compact crossover – named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as "Top Safety Picks."

For the sixth year in a row, the Mitsubishi Lancer compact sport sedan* (including Sportback 5-door) joins the elite group of 2013 model vehicles that meet the Insurance Institute's rigid vehicle crash testing criteria in order to be called an IIHS "Top Safety Pick." The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the company's varied model lineup as it achieves a lofty EPA-rated 34 mpg highway (DE and ES models with the 2.0-liter engine).

And for a second year in a row, the Mitsubishi Motors' made-in-America five-passenger 2013 Outlander Sport compact crossover makes the grade as an IIHS "Top Safety Pick." With a MSRP starting price of only $19,170, the 2013 Outlander Sport achieves an impressive EPA-rated 31 mpg highway.

To commemorate Mitsubishi Motors' arrival to American shores some 30 years ago, the company has created a special dynamic-looking version of its compact crossover vehicle with the arrival of the 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition model at Mitsubishi dealers nationwide this March. The eye-catching 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition features blackout side mirrors, center bumper, wheel arch trim and roof rails, argent chrome alloy wheels, power driver's seat and special "Limited Edition" badging. Two-tone Dove Grey and Black leather-clad seats are also available. Vehicle performance is enhanced by a new engine balancer shaft that provides smoother and quicker acceleration.

For more information on the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer, Outlander Sport and the Outlander Sport Limited Edition, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and for more information on the "Top Safety Pick" award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), please visit iihs.org.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology adresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll enjoy my popcorn, watching another top-heavy brand follow Suzuki USA's collapse. How many useless marketing hacks have been ******* up company money, living in luxury and making weak decisions? Any high school kid could run that brand better than the bunch of greedy self-serving marketing fatcats driving her downward.
      GN
      • 2 Years Ago
      So...the Lancer shouldn't be completely re-designed by now?
        foxtrot685
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GN
        The Lancer is only 5 years old, its nearing the end of its life cycle and the next gen 2014 Lancer is in development now.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foxtrot685
          It is in its 6th model year, and it wasn't even competitive when it was launched.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully, this new crash test rating can spur sales. It's rather interesting that ignored cars like the Suzuki Kizashi, Mitsu Lancer, and Mitsu Outlander rated well while the Toyota Camry and Prius V did poorly. Proof that consumers really should do their homework and examine the choices in the segment. Mitsubishi isn't a bad car. Not all were great, but most of the complaints are around mismanagement and fizzled performance-orientation rather than quality and reliability. Mitsubishi is also a components maker and many non-Mitsubishi cars will have Mitsubishi parts in them. I had a 1995 Eclipse GS-T for several months. Got it after my brother drove it for a few years. Not a bad car. It was rather fun to drive with the turbo and a custom exhaust. While we owned it, we did not have any big problems with it. Rather reliable for a turbo compact. It was also made in the USA. I like the new look of the Mitsubishi's though I wish they would make their cars drive more engagingly, like a Mazda. I personally think the Outlander Sport is the best looking crossover among the affordable ones, but it is said to be rather bland to drive. That's a pity. As a fan of smaller auto makers, I am hoping for a comeback for Mitsubishi.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        You're a realist? Your line of reasoning is on par with someone who is very biased on behalf of Toyota (are you Akio Toyoda?) or a crackhead. My car IS safer than the Camry and Prius V. It has achieved excellent crash tests ratings and was one of only 4 of all cars tested that got a "Good" rating on this new IIHS crash test. You claim the Toyota Camry is THE safest car? Seriously, you are Toyoda himself or really ignorant. Ever heard of Volvo? Not too surprisingly, the Volvo S60 just happens to be one of the four to also get a "Good" rating. Toyota Camry? "Poor" which is the lowest score. Also, your logic is pretty flawed. You claim the test is not valid because it was not in practice 15 years ago. But the reason why they implemented it recently is to improve the validity of crash tests to reflect the real world conditions. You are basically saying that by implementing it now, it's invalid because it was not a common test years ago. But the very people who perform these tests are the ones who stated that additional tests needed to be created to make safety ratings more valid. You basically have a reversed logic. The IIHS even states that a 25% offset test is far more rigorous and harder to pass. Basically, the vehicle has less material and crumple zones to absorb the impact. The strength of the cabin frame structure then came to light. Interesting results then ensued, didn't they? Odd that you dare to call me undereducated.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
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          MJC
          • 2 Years Ago
          Stop defending the fact that Toyota failed that test miserably. A large percentage of accidents are frontal offset, hence the test.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hmmm. You seem to think that offset crashes into an object that is 25% offset is not important. Yet, IIHS was compelled to create the test and the results are very interesting, aren't they. You just don't like the results so you go and try to invalidate the test. Nice tactic, but the results aren't covered up that way. I am glad I drive a car that got the best rating in that test and nearly all the other ones. Like I said, you're an apologist for a company that should be doing better. If Suzuki and Mitsubishi did well, then what possible reason does Toyota and VW (both vying to be #1(for Toyota, remain) world sales brands in the next few years) have to get a "Poor" rating on their popular models?
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Doesn't happen in the real world? You think an offset frontal collision does not happen much? I beg to differ. In fact, the IIHS created the test BECAUSE it was more realistic to a good amount of actual accidents. Don't be an apologist for poor safety, especially for a large, popular, and wealthy automaker like Toyota. There is no excuse for them to perform poorly ever. And at the sales figures the Camry has, IT IS A CONCERN. Brands like Suzuki and Mitsubishi would be the brands expected to do poorly, yet they are among the best in these tests. That is what I am arguing. Toyotas are overrated and smaller Japanese brands like Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Subaru are underrated. People have too much faith in the big T and too little in smaller, struggling brands like Suzuki and Mitsu. It doesn't mean their cars are inferior because they are not popular. The crash test results are evidence to this. Having owned 2 Suzukis, 2 Subarus, a Mazda and a Mitsubishi I can say firsthand that they were solid, reliable cars that held their ground well against the Hondas and Toyotas owned by people I knew.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        DriverSide
        • 2 Years Ago
        My 2012 Evo is a great little car with a lot of pep, but Mitsubishi's dealer network is the worst in the industry . I would never buy another Mitsu personally, but I hope they can hang on and revamp.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DriverSide
          I have a 2012 Mercury Grey Pearl Evolution X GSR and I love mine as well. I'm curious though what you've needed the dealer for? I haven't been back since purchase and I'm just hitting 6000 miles. What do you need them for?
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my opinion, Mitsubishi has a reputation for reliable quality vehicles, they have a prime opportunity to compete with the Asian big boys (Toy/Hon/Nis) they just need I good mid-size sedan again for volume. I've always put Mitsu over Mazda as far as level of quality. They're are under-utilizing a virtue that's hard for any company to achieve.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        Mitsubishi does NOT have a reputation for quality and reliable. If they did, they'd be selling far more than Mazda is. Look at all of their oil burning, pieces of garbage they've produced in the past 10 years. Peeling paint, disintegrating clear coat, and trim issues, yeah, they make a real quality automobile. Mitsubishis are junk, and to say they are better than Mazda is just laughable.
          dohc73
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Look's like you're the only one who's laughing NightyNight.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Lancer has always been a very safe platform. No surprise here.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every bit of positive publicity helps reacquaint the general public with the Mitsubishi name. I want to see Mitsubishi's US auto operations pull through the haze, and redefine themselves.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, Mitsubishi needs the feather in their cap....it's all the have right now...though I would rock an outlander v6 if given enough incentives ;)
        Natural
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drewpy
        I own a 2011 Outlander XLS (3.0 V6) and it was absolutely worth the purchase. 75,000km and no warranty claims so far, it's got the excellent S-AWC AWD system, leather interior, rockford stereo, and so on. For all of the Mitsu hate typical of Autoblog comments you'd think they were pumping out Yugo's or something. The Outlander, Outlander Sport (RVR) & EVO are all great vehicles. Mitsu know how to put a vehicle together, they just need to take a page out of Hyundai's book and diversify their line-up. If they would do this and consistently update their models, they would gain some ground again. The Mirage is a step in the right direction, the 2014 Outlander... not so much.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Natural
          They don't know how to put together a vehicle. Look at the crap they've pumped out in the past 10 years.
      oneviwatara
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol! The older model exterior was much better looking than the new one?
      CharlesNelsonReilly
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've always thought their design department was pretty decent, but I can't vouch for the quality. I've only ever had one for any length of time and it was a first model year '95 Eclipse GS which was a hand me down from my wife. Aside from being possibly the definition of "all show, no go" I had nothing but problems with that car. It spent more time in the shop than my '89 Oldsmobile! I just figured it was a lemon and that there was no way a car company could last that long if all their cars were that bad, right? Years later I had a Lancer as a rental and I thought it was a pretty decent little car to drive. It drove pretty well and had decent pick-up for a small car. I feel like it was even peppier than the eclipse! If they significantly undercut the other makes on price and got a nod from some of the major auto reviewers for reliability, I would consider one.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it didn't get top pick, it'd be one more nail in the Mitsu coffin.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually own a 2010 Lancer Evolution MR, and my wife purchased a 2011 Outlander Sport SE. Her Outlander Sport has selectable 2wd, 4wd, 4wd lock and still gets 29mpg. It has 45,000 miles and ZERO problems. Heck even the stock goodyear tires lasted 40k. Even the base SE gets HIDs that shine light father and wider than a Lexus IS, stdard heated seats, and selectable AWD for under 23k. Her fully loaded SE with 4 foot panoramic moonroof, rockford fosgate system, and Navi was cheaper than a CR-V with only heated seats. AND Mitsubishi has a better 100k warranty. Plus our "Outie sport" in all black gets more looks than a cr-v ever would. As for the EVO, it is the best car I have ever driven. Even in New England, neither of us (knock on wood,) has ever gotten stuck in snow as Mitusbishi's s-AWC and AWD are well known. I enjoy a company of strong engineering that deliver world class performance and handling and make it attainable (EVO and Ralliart heritage,) and combine solid looks, reliable performance and mpg in the Outlander Sport. BTW, the Outlander sport has the highest mpg of any 4wd crossover that is non hybrid. Lately, Mitsubishi has made solid offerings on their newer offerings (Lancer, top safety rating, Outlander, Outlander Sport, EVO and Ralliart,) and killed the old (Endeavor, Eclipse, Galant,). I appreciate quality engineering and I hope they continue and others take notice. As a recent owner!
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