1998 Mitsubishi Mirage

small car / 4-door hatchback

1998 Mitsubishi Mirage 4-door hatchback
1997 Mitsubishi Mirage shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 1997-2001 models

Tested vehicle: 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage DE 4-door

The Mitsubishi Mirage was redesigned for the 1997 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel, which contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. During rebound, the dummy moved toward the driver door, which had bowed outward, and its head hit the B-pillar.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The driver's survival space wasn't maintained well, and upward movement of the steering wheel allowed the dummy's head to bottom out the airbag.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar. High head acceleration was recorded from this impact.

Crumpling of the occupant compartment floor is evident, indicating excessive intrusion into the footwell area.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF97011
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 20
Left (cm) 31
Center (cm) 32
Right (cm) 24
Brake pedal (cm) 22
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 11
Right (cm) 12
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 10
Rearward (cm) 8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 12

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF97011
HIC-15 207
Peak gs at hard contact 82
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Femur force - left (kN) 3.8
Femur force - right (kN) 3.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 10
Knee displacement - right (mm) 8
Maximum tibia index - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 1.97
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 108
Right 150

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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