Mitsubishi Outlander Receives Highest Safety Ranking

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If your new Outlander was built before June 2021, Mitsubishi will update it for free.

The previous-generation Outlander was horribly outdated near the end of its life, but we're happy to report that the new car is a solid crossover. Previously it had few unique selling points, but now Mitsubishi can boast that it's affordable, stylish, and spacious. It has a lot in common with the Nissan Rogue, which is also a great option in this segment.

Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Outlander now has another feather in its cap. It was given a Top Safety Pick+ award by the IIHS, the highest rating a car can receive. This is excellent news for the ladies who will be using an Outlander to compete in the upcoming Rebelle Rally.

Earlier in the year, the Outlander was named as a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS subtracted some marks for the headlights, but after an adjustment to the headlight aiming, that all-important plus has been added.

The award applies to all Outlanders built after June 2021. If you purchased an Outlander before this date, you can take it back to a Mitsubishi dealer, and they'll make a no-cost adjustment. This makes the Outlander the only seven-seat small SUV with a Top Safety Pick+ rating. The Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Arcadia recently missed out on this top award.

A new car can only get a Top Safety Pick+ award if it meets all six IIHS crash-worthiness criteria, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side-impact, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

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The Outlander comes standard with a rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring, ABS, traction and stability control, and ten airbags. The base ES model comes with forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert. Mitsubishi adds Mi-Pilot with Navi-Link adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure prevention, and traffic sign recognition on the SE and SEL models.

The Outlander's main rivals are the Nissan Rogue and Kia Sorento. The 2021 Rogue managed an equally excellent Top Safety Pick+ rating but the Sorento only received a Top Safety Pick award.

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