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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

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

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning

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 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SE 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned for the 2014 model year. These ratings also apply to the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) variant, which was introduced in the 2018 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side 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.

The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but then slid off the left side. The side curtain airbag extended far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with side structure.

Intrusion into the driver's space was reasonably well controlled, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1323
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 16
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 11

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1323
Head
HIC-15 81
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 4.8
Right 1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 6
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 3
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.63
Right 0.33
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 61
Right 66

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Tested vehicle: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 ES 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned for the 2014 model year. These ratings also apply to the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) variant, which was introduced in the 2018 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Despite intrusion of the dashboard and door hinge pillar, risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1803
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 21
Footrest (cm) 12
Right toepan (cm) 9
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Upper dash (cm) 9
Right lower dash (cm) 9

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1803
Head
HIC-15 161
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 12
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 3.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.27
Right 0.50
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 33
Right 63

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1803
Head
HIC-15 59
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.14
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.42
Right 0.22
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 31
Right 37

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SE 4-door 4wd

The Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned for the 2014 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 vehicle tested by Mitsubishi was designated as a 2013 model but included all the design changes of the 2014 models.)

These ratings also apply to the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) variant, which was introduced in the 2018 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1223
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1223
Head
HIC-15 127
Peak gs at hard contact 18
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4
Femur force - right (kN) 1.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.41
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 107

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT 4-door 4wd with standard front and second row head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mitsubishi as part of side crash test verification. (The vehicle tested by Mitsubishi was designated as a 2013 model but included all the design changes of the 2014 models.)

These ratings also apply to the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric) variant, which was introduced in the 2018 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1226
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -7.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1226
Head HIC-15 493
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 47
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.70
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.0
Combined force (kN) 5.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 74
A-P moment (Nm) 20

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1226
Head HIC-15 124
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 27
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.0
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 44
A-P moment (Nm) 13

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SE 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,438 lbs
Peak force 17,034 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.95

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 26
Distance below top of head (mm) -4
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.1
Head contact time (ms) 55
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 307

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Forward Collision Mitigation System

Package name

  • Optional (standard on GT trim)

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2017-19 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SEL trim equipped with Touring package
  • GT trim equipped with Touring package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SEL trim equipped with Touring package
  • GT trim equipped with Touring package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 161.9 m
Straightaway left edge 117.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.0 m

Trim level(s)

  • GT trim
  • SEL trim equipped with Premium package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • GT trim
  • SEL trim equipped with Premium package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 161.9 m
Straightaway left edge 117.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.0 m

Trim level(s)

  • ES trim
  • SE trim
  • SE trim equipped with Sunroof package
  • SEL trim
  • LE trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • ES trim
  • SE trim
  • SE trim equipped with Sunroof package
  • SEL trim
  • LE trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 80.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.9 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 40.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 40.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 35.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.7 m
Straightaway left edge 105.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 57.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 54.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 43.8 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim GT
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim GT
Seat type leather
1 2 3 6 4
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 39
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated