Monday, May 20, 2013

2013 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Top Safety Pick+

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 5-passenger compact crossover vehicle was named a small SUV 2013 "Top Safety Pick+" award winner by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Outlander Sport sales in 2013 through the end of April are 7,547 so the IIHS recognition is a big positive for a brand that has been struggling with sales while celebrating 30 years of sales in the U.S. and 25 years of production in Normal, Illinois. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, known as the RVR in Canada (pictured above) has a 148 horsepower 4-cylinder engine that achieves an EPA-rated 31 mpg highway with starting MSRP of $19,170.

The only other small SUV receiving the designation is the 2014 Subaru Forester. To earn Top Safety Pick+ vehicles must receive good ratings in at least 4 of 5 tests and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

2013 "Top Safety Pick+" award winners in all other categories are:
Acura TL
Chrysler 200 (4-door models)
Dodge Avenger
Ford Fusion built after December 2012
Honda Accord 2-door, Honda Accord 4-door
Honda Civic 2-door, Honda Civic 4-door
Kia Optima
Lincoln MKZ
Mazda 6 - 2014 models
Nissan Altima (4-door models) built after November 2012
Subaru Legacy built after August 2012
Subaru Outback built after August 2012
Suzuki Kizashi
Volkswagen Passat - built after October 2012
Volvo S60
Volvo XC60

IIHS five tests: 
Moderate overlap front test - Assesses occupant protection and vehicles' structural designs when part of the front crumple zone is engaged
Small overlap front test - Assesses occupant protection and vehicles' structural designs when most of the front crumple zone is bypassed
Side test - Assesses occupant protection when vehicles are struck in the side by SUVs or pickups
Rollover test - Assesses vehicle roof strength for protection in rollover crashes 
Rear test - Focuses on how well seat/head restraint combinations protect against whiplash injuries

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