Outlander Earns Top IIHS Safety Pick

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander has been awarded a coveted position of the TOP SAFETY PICK list for the 2023 calendar year by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). As such, it joins the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, specifically those manufactured after May 2023.

The 2024 Outlander secured the coveted IIHS TSP designation by excelling in several key safety categories. Notably, it received “Good” ratings in the IIHS’s updated side crashworthiness evaluation, assessments for standard-equipped headlights, and the driver-side small overlap frontal, passenger-side small overlap frontal, and original moderate-overlap frontal crash tests.

Additionally, the Outlander earned a “Superior” rating for the performance of its forward collision-mitigation system in vehicle-to-pedestrian daytime scenarios. The 2024 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is also expected to maintain its TSP rating from the previous model year.

Mark Chaffin, the CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MNA), emphasized the family-oriented design of the Outlander, boasting its seven-passenger seating, modern safety features, and the most advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system ever offered by Mitsubishi.

Chaffin said, “Our commitment to customer safety is paramount, and it’s great to be recognized by a respected organization like IIHS for the work put in by our engineering teams to maximize safety performance in our best-equipped, most-advanced SUV.”

Both the 2024 Outlander and Outlander Plug-in Hybrid come equipped with a comprehensive suite of standard and available advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) to enhance driver convenience, confidence, and passenger safety. The MI-PILOT Assist system, available on select trim levels, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Traffic Sign Recognition to maintain appropriate speed and following distance, ensuring the vehicle stays centered within the lane.

Depending on the trim level, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid offers additional safety features such as 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 IIHS, an independent nonprofit organization, conducts research and evaluates safety ratings through extensive crashworthiness and crash-avoidance testing of production vehicles. To earn the TSP designation, models must achieve “Good” ratings in IIHS’ driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal tests, original moderate overlap frontal tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in IIHS’ updated side crashworthiness crash evaluations. Furthermore, vehicles must offer advanced or superior ratings for daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and come with standard headlights rated as acceptable or good.


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.