Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) proudly announced on Thursday that the all-new 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid has been recognized as a Top Safety Pick (TSP) by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This esteemed accolade is awarded to vehicles manufactured after May 2023, demonstrating the Outlander's commitment to safety.
The IIHS, a reputable nonprofit organization renowned for its comprehensive safety evaluations, rigorously tests and assesses the crashworthiness and crash-avoidance capabilities of production vehicles. In order to receive the TSP designation, a model must achieve “Good” ratings in IIHS' driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal tests, original moderate overlap frontal test, and an “Acceptable” rating in the updated side crashworthiness evaluations. Furthermore, the vehicle must offer an advanced or superior rating for daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and come equipped with standard headlights that have an acceptable or good rating.
Mark Chaffin, CEO of MMNA, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “As the only mass-market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to offer seating for seven and available DC fast charging, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is designed to provide protection for families. With an enviable suite of crash avoidance and safety features, as well as the sophisticated Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, this is a vehicle that blends safety and technology into one affordable package.”
The Outlander family, including the Plug-in Hybrid, internal combustion, 40th Anniversary, and RALLIART trim models, boasts an impressive range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to enhance driver convenience and confidence. The MI-PILOT Assist system seamlessly integrates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Traffic Sign Recognition to ensure appropriate speed, maintain a safe following distance, and keep the vehicle centered within the lane.
Moreover, depending on the specific trim level, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid offers an array of additional 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 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid's recognition as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS underscores its dedication to providing a secure and reliable driving experience for customers. With its blend of safety features, advanced technology, and affordability, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid stands as a compelling choice for safety-conscious families and environmentally conscious drivers alike.