2016 Mitsubishi Outlander safety rating
It’s brand new and now it’s backed by four gold stars. Not only is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander packed with updates and new technology for the model year, the sophisticated SUV now has a four-star safety rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded the safety rating to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, which is the same rating as the 2015 model.
The NHTSA is federally funded and in addition to a wide range of scientific research and education, the administration also conducts testing on new vehicles. Much of that consists of crash tests, which consist of front, side, and rollover tests. A vehicle’s performance in each test is then evaluated on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the highest. Not only did the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander earn four stars in rollover and front crash tests, but it also earned five stars in the side crash test.
Today, the NHTSA and the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are the two major organizations that conduct crash test research. Both are independent of the other and conduct crash tests differently. For example, while the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander received a four-star rating from the NHTSA, the IIHS awarded the SUV its highest award: Top Safety Pick+. Not only did the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander receive the highest rating in all crash tests performed by the IIHS, the model also earned a “superior” rating in front crash prevention. (The IIHS has not yet rated the 2016 Outlander.)
While the NHTSA only conducts three types of crash tests, the IIHS conducts a small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats tests. In addition, the IIHS also evaluates vehicles for the level of front crash prevention.
So what safety ratings should you pay more attention to? The best approach is to explore all safety information so you can make the most informed decision on the vehicle you want to purchase. There’s a lot of information out there. Interested in learning more about the 2016 or 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander? Visit more blog posts on the Outlander here. Or to learn more about the NHTSA or IIHS, visit www.safercar.gov or www.iihs.org.