2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Aces New Roof Test, Named Top Safety Pick

November 5th, 2009

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is fast, agile and fun to drive, as we reported last week in a comparison with the new Subaru Impreza WRX 2011. That said, it might be a bit surprising that the Lancer family is one of the best models on the market for passive safety systems.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reported top results in frontal, side, and rear impact tests by the IIHS and after giving the Lancer recently launched its new roof-strength-based rollover testing, the Agency has granted his top score there as well.

In total, the Lancer is a Top Safety Pick for 2010. And it is a more exclusive audience than before, as the field of vehicles to receive this award is much less pronounced this year with the new test. Several models, including the new Honda Accord Cross Tour, failed to reach the top tier because of performance in the new roof to be tested.

Phased in for the 2010 model year, the new test measures the protection in the event of a rollover by seeing how much constant pressure on the roof will take on a certain location, five inches before it deforms. A lower score corresponds to a higher risk of head and neck injuries in a rollover. A ‘good’ rating must withstand a vehicle more than four times its body weight, and the Lancer has a respectable 4.31 times.

According to Mitsubishi spokesperson Maurice Durand, top-performance 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is structurally close enough to the Lancer and the Lancer Ralliart such that these results would apply across the Lancer lineup.

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