Is Mitsubishi’s safety rating on small SUVs better than Jeep’s?

The IIHS rated the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport as safer than the Jeep Patriot, but only marginally so. The average cost of SUV auto insurance is 18% higher than normal vehicles.

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UPDATED: Oct 28, 2021

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Things to remember...

  • Mitsubishi and Jeep both have several different small SUV models, but they all have very different ratings
  • While the make is important for a vehicle, choosing a model within that make could mean you get a safer vehicle
  • The safer the vehicle you choose, the more you may be able to save on insurance

Since the IIHS works hard to make sure all their ratings are standardized, they have tests that mimic situations that could actually happen on the road. Each of the tests they do has specifications they use to make sure they are all within the same range.

Because there is no way to guarantee they will be identical to things that could happen on the road, the IIHS tries to make sure they let people know what the tests are and how they are being used to simulate different situations.

By providing these tests, the IIHS feels they are giving people an accurate representation of what will happen if the car is involved in a collision. Make sure to compare rates with our free quote tool above to ensure you are getting the best rate for whichever vehicle you choose!

The Most Accurate Rating System

To provide the most accurate rating for vehicles, the IIHS uses a system that dictates the rating a vehicle receives. If the vehicle performs exceptionally on a certain test, it will receive a rating of G.

If it does what the IIHS was expecting, it will receive a rating of A. When a vehicle does not perform to standards it will receive an M, and when it does not perform even close to what the IIHS was expecting, it will receive a P.

The crash avoidance systems are also rated on a scale of basic, advanced and superior.

Crash Testing

The major crash tests the IIHS does are used to determine the integrity of a vehicle during a crash. These tests will also help determine how safe a person will be in the vehicle.

For the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Jeep Patriot, the tests were performed on the driver side small front overlap, the moderate front overlap, the sides, the roof and the seats.

The Patriot received a P on the driver side small front overlap and a G on everything else. The Outlander Sport received a rating of A on the driver side small overlap front and a G on the rest of the tests.

The Outlander Sport outperformed the Patriot only on the driver side small overlap front test.

Avoiding a Crash

Neither the Patriot or the Outlander Sport had data for crash avoidance equipment. The IIHS was either not able to test it or there was no equipment available on any of the trims for the two vehicles. The headlights were tested in both vehicles, though.

They both received a rating of P because their headlights were not up to the IIHS safety standards. The Patriot’s headlights did not provide enough of an illuminated front surface.

The Outlander Sport’s headlights were acceptable on a straightaway but did not perform on either the gradual or sharp turns.

Using the LATCH System

The Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH system, has been examined and is required by the government.

The IIHS knows the LATCH system is supposed to be standard across vehicles so they work to ensure they are testing the ease of use with the system instead of just looking at how well the system is able to function in different areas of use.

While not everyone will use LATCH ratings, parents (and especially parents who do three-across seating) should pay close attention to the LATCH ratings.

The LATCH system’s ease of use is rated based on the traditional IIHS rating scale. The Outlander Sport and the Patriot both received scores of A on the LATCH system ease of use test.

The LATCH equipment was too deep in the seats on the Outlander Sport. On the Patriot, the system equipment was too difficult for the average person to attach to the safety seat.

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Which car is safer?

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer, but only marginally so. The Outlander Sport only had one score that was higher than the Jeep Patriot which was the driver side small overlap front crash test.

The vehicles both performed poorly in some of the other areas like the headlights. They did not have any data that could be used for crash avoidance so they did not receive any type of rating for that area of the vehicle.

The Mitsubishi company also has an Outlander model that is not the same as the Sport and is slightly larger than the Sport.

The regular Outlander scored a higher score and the Top Safety Pick+ award. Jeep also has the Renegade, but it actually performed worse than the Patriot with the crash test ratings despite being a larger vehicle.

Safety Isn’t the Only Factor

Even though many people may consider safety ratings to be the most important factor in choosing a vehicle, they need to keep in mind the ratings are not the only thing they need to look at.

The style of the vehicle, the price of it and the availability in different locations are other factors each driver needs to take into consideration.

The safety rating may save money on insurance, but there are other ways drivers can take advantage of insurance discounts.

Drivers need to make sure they are choosing a vehicle that will be safe for their needs while also allowing them to have a vehicle they can actually enjoy. Whichever SUV you choose, make sure to compare quotes online with our free quote tool below! 

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