1998 Mitsubishi Montero

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

1998 Mitsubishi Montero 4-door SUV
1996 Mitsubishi Montero shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1996-2000 models

Tested vehicle: 1996 Mitsubishi Montero LS 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Montero was redesigned for the 1992 model year. Frontal airbags for both the driver and passenger became standard beginning with the 1996 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. There was far 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's head hit the roof side rail.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

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

There was too much upward movement of the steering column, which contributed to the dummy's head hitting the steering wheel through the airbag.

Smeared pink greasepaint shows where the dummy's head contacted the roof rail during rebound.