Top Safety Pick

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

small car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles Does not apply to Ralliart and Evolution models.

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2008-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4-door

The Mitsubishi Lancer was redesigned for the 2008 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Lancer, known as the Sportback, available for the 2010-14 model years.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left. The seat belt allowed the dummy's head and torso to move too far forward, and the side curtain airbag did not extend far enough forward toward the A-pillar.

Except for door hinge pillar deformation and instrument panel intrusion, the driver's space was maintained reasonably well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4-door

The Mitsubishi Lancer was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mitsubishi as part of frontal crash test verification. The frontal ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Lancer, known as the Sportback, available for the 2010-14 model years.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2012-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GTS 4-door 2wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mitsubishi Lancer was redesigned for the 2008 model year. The side ratings also apply to the hatchback version of the Lancer, known as the Sportback, available for the 2010-14 model years. Starting with 2012 models of both the sedan and hatchback, the seat-mounted side torso airbags and front door trim were modified to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mitsubishi as part of side crash test verification.

Because the side structure and the rear occupant compartment of the car were not changed, the injury ratings for the passenger and the structure rating are based on tests of both the original and modified models. (The newly tested car was designated as a 2011 model but included the side torso airbag and door trim changes of the 2012 models.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2008-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,984 lbs
Peak force 12,863 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.31

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-17 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry