The Mitsubishi Outlander has been heralded as an all-around safety vehicle. It was awarded “Top Safety Pick” by IIHS for four years in a row. Not to mention Mitsubishi vehicles tend to have every safety feature imaginable, from the tech we’ve seen for years to the new stuff. Even better, a lot of these features come standard, so customers of every budget can rest assured their Mitsubishi is more than a hunk of metal.
Features for Improving Driver Control
These are the types of features that a driver is not necessarily “in control of,” because they are standard features, but they return control to the driver in instances where they could lose control. For example, all of the following systems are designed to maintain traction and contact between the wheels and the road. A driver can’t control the tread of their tire or how quickly a tire loses treading, and they can’t control whether or not that tire is keeping a grip of the road.
Systems like Active Stability Control (ASC), Traction Control Logic (TCL), and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) all work to keep tractive contact between the wheels and the road. ABS is basically an umbrella term for the three, because in all three, the brakes are applied to one of the wheels to maintain control. ASC applies the brakes to the wheels with the most traction if one starts to slip. TCL applies the brakes to a freely spinning wheel (or one that is slipping) and redirects the remaining torque to the others. ABS uses both of these systems to maintain tractive contact in the event of braking. A fourth control system is Hill-Start Assist, which basically just prevents a car from rolling back on a downward incline between the time the driver releases their foot from the brake and applies pressure to the gas pedal.
Overall Car Performance, Safety, and Security
The following systems and designs are included on all Mitsubishi models as standard equipment. Literally, they can’t be removed because they’re built-in. For instance, Mitsubishi vehicles come with seat belts and restraints, but also has anchors for LATCH-equipped car seats and child safety locks, like many other vehicles. It also has an advanced airbag system that deploys airbags in the front, side, and in some instances, the rear. Moreover, the front airbags respond via Supplemental Restraint System or SRS dual-stage deployment, deploying with a force directly respective of the impact. If you come to a hard stop, you want the airbags to cushion your impact quickly, right?
Other features such as RISE Body Construction and Front Pedestrian Impact Crumple Zones are designs implemented into the construction of a Mitsubishi car, SUV, or crossover. RISE stands for “Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution,” and it is technology designed to enhance the energy-absorption built into the front, rear, and sides of a vehicle to better protect passengers in the event of a crash. The front pedestrian impact crumple zones are self-explanatory – the front bumpers are now designed to reduce injury to pedestrians if struck.
In terms of car performance, drivers can monitor tire pressure. Security systems like anti-theft security alarms are old classics, but now vehicles are getting anti-theft engine immobilizers installed. This comes in a variety of ways depending on the brand and vehicle, from preventing the engine from starting if the wrong key is present to becoming immobile in the event of hot wiring.
Advanced and Optional Features
These systems may not be found in all Mitsubishi models; and usually, they’re simply add-ons. Mandatory? No. Worthwhile? Yes. Adaptive Cruise Control works just like the cruise control we have today, but with an integrated braking safeguard in case the vehicle in front of the driver has slowed down and the driver fails to react. Forward Collision Mitigation is similar except it doesn’t operate solely in conjunction with adaptive cruise control – it’s more so a system that’s always active, alerting the driver if quickly approaching a car ahead, and going so far as to apply the brakes if necessary (driver control is returned once manual brake pressure is applied). Lane Departure Warning is just a system designed to alert drivers if they’re drifting (and is a great classical conditioning tool for drivers who have forgotten that using turn signals is basic driver etiquette).
These are all of the standard and optional safety features drivers can find in most Mitsubishi vehicles today. Check out what’s in stock and what we have available.