The Outlander Sport's 2013 IIHS "Top Safety Pick+" award comes in addition to the two straight IIHS Top Safety Pick awards it has already received in 2012 and 2013.
The IIHS is now awarding the new "Top Safety Pick+" designation as its highest accolade for vehicles that offer superior crash protection. The Outlander Sport's "Top Safety Pick+" achievement indicates that it meets the tougher crash safety standards that are now necessary to receive IIHS' highest award.
The Outlander Sport's exceptional IIHS "Top Safety Pick+" rating can be attributed to numerous advanced high-tech design features, particularly to its Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body*4.
*2 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates vehicles as "good," "acceptable," "marginal" or "poor" based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. The "Top Safety Pick+" requires a vehicle to score a "good" rating in at least four of the five tests and no less than an "acceptable" in the fifth test.
*3 For more information, please visit http://www.iihs.org
*4 RISE is Mitsubishi Motors' patented safety body construction system featuring integrated energy-absorbing crumple zones and engineered reinforcements strategically placed within the body/chassis that provide maximum protection to the vehicle's occupants in the event of an impact by absorbing and/or dispersing a great deal of this energy from the cabin.
(Mitsubishi Outlander LS model pictured)