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Sometimes how an insurance company rates a vehicle can seem like wizardry. It is essential to make sure you’re shopping around whenever you buy a new car.
There are a lot of calculations that go into underwriting a policy, but one of the most significant is vehicle safety rating. Some primary underwriting sources are available to the public, such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS runs comprehensive crash tests for vehicles by make and model and compares results in accident prevention and harm reduction categories.
This information will influence insurance rates relating to “no-fault” personal injury insurance like Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Medical Payments (MedPay). In no-fault states like Florida, this information can have a significant impact on your overall rates.
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The IIHS rates vehicles in eight statistics:
IIHS grants two significant awards based on scores on the above statistics.
A vehicle must consistently perform well over the five following crash tests along the following measures to receive a Top Safety Pick award.
A vehicle must achieve the requirements for Top Safety Pick as well as earn a headlight rating of acceptable or higher to receive a Top Safety Pick+ award.
Protecting yourself is highly essential, and if you’re carrying insurance for personal injury, the above ratings will play a significant role in your bill.
Another thing to think about if you are planning on taking “full coverage” insurance is the cost to replace the vehicle you are considering. Unsurprisingly, small SUVs made by Mitsubishi are less expensive than small SUVs made by Audi.
While this is not a factor for safety ratings, it is an important fact to consider when shopping for insurance. Less expensive vehicles cost less to protect.
It is important to comparison shop insurance carriers, however, as some individual companies will rate specific features up or down.
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Below are listed comparisons for small SUVs made by Mitsubishi and Audi for 2017, as well as trends that may indicate changes to the 2018 models.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2017 Audi Q3
2017 Audi Q5
Generally speaking, Mitsubishi does better than Audi in recent safety ratings. Audi’s Q5 is a good contender but is starting to get into mid-sized SUV territory.
When considering the cost of insurance by vehicle value, Mitsubishi does much better.
Be careful of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport model though, as it was unable to receive the top safety pick award. Roughly $4,000 more dollars will net you a safer, better-rated vehicle.
If you’re looking for the likely best-rated overall car on this list, the base Mitsubishi Outlander seems to be the clear winner.
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