2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid: IIHS Top Safety Pick with Advanced Safety Features

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, a seven-seater with DC fast charging, has been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick. Discover why this advanced safety technology is a game-changer.

What’s Happening

The Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has announced that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid has secured the coveted Top Safety Pick (TSP) accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This award specifically applies to vehicles manufactured after May 2023.

Why It Matters

The IIHS is a respected, nonprofit institution that independently researches and evaluates the safety features of various production vehicles. The TSP recognition is granted to vehicles that achieve the highest “Good” ratings in multiple IIHS safety tests, including the driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal, original moderate overlap frontal, and those that attain an “Acceptable” rating in the side crashworthiness evaluations. Additionally, the TSP is given to vehicles equipped with advanced or superior daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention systems, alongside acceptable or good-rated standard headlights.

Key Points

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid stands out as the only mass-market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle offering seven seats and DC fast charging capability. MMNA’s CEO, Mark Chaffin, underlines the model’s intentional design for family protection, boasting an impressive suite of crash avoidance features and a state-of-the-art Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. This vehicle merges cutting-edge safety and technology into one affordable package.

Moreover, the entire Outlander line – which includes the Plug-in Hybrid, internal combustion, 40th Anniversary, and RALLIART trims – offers an array of advanced driver assistance systems as standard or optional features. These ensure driver convenience and confidence, with the MI-PILOT Assist system integrating Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition for safe and efficient driving.

Dependent on the trim level, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid also offers additional safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Assist, Lane Change Assist, and more.

Bottom Line

This prestigious IIHS award solidifies the position of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid as a leading choice for consumers looking for a safe, technologically advanced, and eco-friendly family vehicle. With its extensive list of safety features, this model continues to raise the bar in the evolving landscape of automotive safety and convenience.


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