2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Image Credit: IIHS
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Image Credit: IIHS
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Image Credit: IIHS
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Image Credit: IIHS
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS Top Safety Pick+
  • Image Credit: IIHS
The Mitsubishi Outlander officially is a safe vehicle, earning a good rating in all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test categories - good enough for the agency to give it the Top Safety Pick+ award. The small sport utility vehicle's little sibling, the Outlander Sport, received the Top Safety Pick award earlier this year.

According to the IIHS, to earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating vehicles must be rated good in at least four out of the five crash tests (including the difficult small overlap front test) and earn no less than acceptable in the rear crash test. The Top Safety Pick rating requires that vehicles be rated good in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear tests, but there's no minimum rating on the small overlap front crash test.

Mitsubishi designed the Outlander to have greater roof strength (the roof now can support up to five times the SUV's weight) and to withstand the moderate overlap front crash test and the recently introduced small overlap front crash test, both of which evaluate the ability of vehicles to protect their occupants in crashes that bypass the traditional front crumple zone. Crumple zones are designed into vehicles to allow them to deform in a way that protects passengers in the event of a crash. The Outlander was one of two small SUVs to earn a good rating in the small overlap test, the other being the 2014 Subaru Forester. The Subaru earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Despite earning a good rating in the small overlap front crash test, the damage it does to the Outlander still sends chills down our spines. Watch the video below to see the Mitsubishi endure the newest IIHS crash test.

UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the 2014 Subaru Forester received a Top Safety Pick rating. It actually earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The text has since been corrected.


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      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what's funny? Haters always bash about how these types of cars are boring to drive, but when it comes to saving your precious life, they excel in every way possible.
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        With the exception of the Rio, every car Kia sells is a top safety pick. That is 2 Large Sedans, 2 SUV's, 2 Compacts, and the Van was on the list until they added the roof strength testing. THIS IS ONE MITSUBISHI OF THREE I would hope they could make a great safe car with such a diverse line-up of three cars...
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          The Optima does not compete with an Outlander... that is irrelevant but thanks anyway. So until the 2014 gets a Top Safety Pick+, nothing from the KIA lineup that competes with the Outlander has the award. So +1 Mitsubishi... waiting on KIA...
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          @TruthHertz You do realize that there is a difference between Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+, right?? I don't remember the Sportage or Sorento receiving a Top Safety Pick+ award, and both compete with the Outlander. Just sayin'...
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          The Kia Optima is a Safety Pick+ and the 2014 Sorento has just been released and has not been tested yet on the small overlap. It is stronger than the outgoing model. It will probably do just as well while making more power from a smaller engine and not having a timing belt.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          The Outlander Sport (a different car from the Outlander of this article) also got good crash test results, being only one of two small SUVs to get a decent rating in the small overlap front crash test. So that makes it 2 out of 3 which is basically 66% of their entire line up to get a top safety rating. That's more than the majority of the competition. Perhaps the Lancer did fine too, but I did not bother doing the research. While Mitsubishi's line-up is pathetically small, the cars offered appear to be decent and safe. Also, the Lan Evo should not be considered another Lancer. It's really a different car altogether based on the performance and price.
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          And BTW... 3.0L(Mitsubishi) is SMALLER than 3.3L(Kia). So the Sorento DOES NOT make more power from a smaller engine. It makes more power from a larger engine. Last time I checked, 3.3 is bigger than 3.0. Bye troll :)
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Furthermore, the Outlander Sport also has a Top Safety Pick+ award, and the lancer lineup has a Top Safety Pick award. Thats the entire lineup with the exception of the iMiEV (I dont know how that did on the safety rating, maybe poorly like the Rio?)
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quite an underrated car.
      strykerzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for MItsubishi - they have 2 of the 3 Top Safety Pick+ small SUVs. I grow tired of Autoblog's smug comments about Mitsu. They are trying to make a comeback and stay competitive, which is great! I looked over their vehicles at an auto show this Winter and I can see that they are trying to keep it simple - build fewer vehicles, but do a good job at it. They have the best warranty out there now and offer a ton of features for your dollar. It seems a lot of the big manufacturers have lost sight of this. I'll keep cheering for them!!!
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm always impressed, and somewhat horrified, by pics of this sort. It's a jolt and a reminder that driving is not a commonplace activity one can perform while multitasking with make up, phone calls/texts, eating and/or dicking about with any number of other things. There are real and deadly consequences to inattention. That said. I like Mitsu, but it's sad to see they seems to have traded places with Hyundai in the span of a decade and a half.
      fineofineo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is pretty amazing alround... also the PHEV will be awesome...safety and plenty of room in the back for the family.
      ap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Outlander is safe car. My wife drives 2007 Outlander, crashed it 4 times and she's ok.
      d
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car isn't that bad in person. The safety vehicle made for Pikes Peak looked really good after they put a body kit on it. It is just such a radical departure from the previous gen. I get 33mpg combined on my Lacer GTS with the 2.0 engine. On most highway trips I average 35mpg.
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @d
        I said the same thing! Whats really shocking in person is that it isn't nearly as large as it looks in pictures; when I first approached it on the dealer lot I said "Wow, its way smaller than I thought." That body kit is available in the "Exterior Package" but I think it needs to be a standard feature on SE trim levels and above, it looks really nice on it.
      djrroar1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mistubishi is not going anywhere, they are planning on building more and more vehicles in the Normal ILL plant, employing more people and selling more vehicles. Why would they leave when they have a plant in the U.S.?
        TruthHertz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @djrroar1
        Because you need to be able to turn a profit. Don't confuse effort and results. Thousands in rebates on every car in order to move product cuts into your margins.
          djrroar1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Have you reviewed the financial results of Mitsubishi Corp? Looks like profits are good, real good!!
          TruthHertz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Look at Mitsubishi Motors AMERICA. Mitsubishi Corp sells more than just cars. Most of the cars they sell are micro-cars oversea's that couldn't be sold in America. That is where the bulk of their auto business comes from. Mitsubishi Motors America is a different story.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's great, but sadly, it's still a Mitsubishi.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      It also steals the title of most bland vehicle from the all time champ, Camry.
      Soul Shinobi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait, they still sell cars here? Wait, their cars have some sort of advantage?
      • 1 Year Ago
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