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NHTSA Gives 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV a High Safety Rating

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV  NHTSA
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently gave the all-new 2020 Outlander PHEV a five-Star Overall Safety Rating. This is the highest rating that the NHTSA can give a vehicle in its New Car Assessment Program.

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Why the 2020 Outlander PHEV earned the rating

The NHTSA utilizes the NCAP to determine how effective specific safety equipment is and how crashworthy a vehicle is. It does this by evaluating vehicles each year in different crash tests.

In addition to the five-Star Overall Safety Rating, the 2020 Outlander PHEV also scored five stars for the combined side crash ratings. For the overall frontal crash and rollover tests, the SUV received four stars.

It should come as little surprise that the Outlander PHEV had high safety ratings, given that it has many safety systems available. These systems include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Moving forward, the 2020 Outlander PHEV will feature additional safety features on trims so that equipment, like Automatic High Beams, can be standard on the SEL trim and not just the GT trim. The SUV also has a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the Main Drive Lithium-ion battery and PHEV components that’s transferable.

All Outlander models come with a 5-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, a 5-year/Unlimited Miles Roadside Assistance, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty, and 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

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You’ll have to wait until near the end of 2019 if you want to try out the safety technology in the 2020 Outlander PHEV. With its high safety rating, it will be interesting to see how the SUV performs on the road.