As we come closer to the end of the year, automakers are going to be introducing the new model year of their vehicles. With the 2021 global semiconductor chip shortage, this will be a chance for some automakers to bounce back, unable to fulfill orders or include certain features on their 2020 models. Aside from fancy features, consumers also care about safety, and automakers will need to rely on organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) for high praise. Neither organization is a push over, so when the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander receives a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating from IIHS, the highest safety rating available from the organization, we know it’s a safe vehicle to choose.
Like we said, the IIHS is no pushover. When it comes to testing a vehicle for crashworthiness – or how well it handles a crash – the IIHS has five crash scenarios to test the vehicle’s structure and how well it reduces impact and damage to the driver and passengers inside the cabin. On top of this, safety features and systems designed to mitigate the damage or avoid a crash altogether are also tested. Each crash test receives a rating of “Poor”, “Marginal”, “Acceptable”, or “Good”, whereas the safety systems are rated with “Basic”, “Advanced”, and “Superior”.
The five crash tests include a driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint test. To receive a TSP+, a vehicle must receive a “Good” rating for each crash test, and “Advanced” or “Superior” on the safety features. Not only did the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander receive high ratings (“Good” on every test), but it comes with a large collection of standard and advanced safety features. Like usual, the IIHS has some requirements – units produced prior to June 2021 had some headlight problems, but units afterwards had fixed the error, changing their rating from “Poor” to “Good”. Consumers with units produced prior to June 2021 can bring their 2022 Outlander to any Mitsubishi Motors dealer partner for a no-cost adjustment.
New for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is MI-PILOT Assist, a new system that practically achieves Level 4 autonomy by integrating Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Traffic Sign Recognition. MI-PILOT Assist helps the vehicle maintain an appropriate speed while keeping a safe distance from vehicles ahead and in the center of the lane. Aside from this, consumers can find many safety features available in various trim levels, including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Lane Departure Warning and Prevention (LDW & LDP), Driver Attention Alert, Rear Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic High Beam (AHB), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), and a Multiview Camera system.
“The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is the most-connected, best-equipped vehicle we have ever sold in the U.S., and today, IIHS confirms it is among the safest vehicles on the road…With this designation, and the industry’s only standard third-row seating in its class, Outlander is a great choice for modern families, and we can be really proud of that.” – MMNA Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin
With all the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has to offer, it’s no wonder the IIHS awarded the TSP+ rating. Find your safe 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander at Miami Lakes Automall.