Mitsubishi Outlander


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The seven-passenger Outlander SUV is fully redesigned for 2022. It shares its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and much of its underpinnings with the Nissan Rogue, although a small third row is exclusive to the Mitsubishi.
Suspension tuning and the optional all-wheel drive system are also unique to the Outlander. It remains slightly larger than most compact two-row SUVs, but slightly smaller than most three-row models. The optional V6 engine has been dropped. Cargo room has been improved. Even though the interior got a major update, most features can still be controlled by traditional buttons and knobs. Standard active safety features include FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection. A new, optional driving assistance system, called MI-PILOT Assist, combines adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist features to partially automate some steering, acceleration, and braking functions. The redesigned Outlander goes on sale this spring.
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2021
For 2021, the Outlander only comes as a plug-in hybrid that has been updated to a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with an upgraded electric motor that provides a combined output of 221-hp. It can do a claimed 24-miles on electric power before switching to hybrid mode.
The 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 3.0-liter V6 engines have been dropped. Outdated and outclassed, the Outlander struggles to compete. A tiny third-row seat, that is a high point, is not offered in the plug-in hybrid. When we tested the Outlander with the four-cylinder engine, its ride felt too buoyant and not tied-down. Handling was clumsy, with slow steering response and lots of body lean in corners. Standard active safety features now include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, and lane departure warning with lane change assist. A 2022 redesigned Outlander, based on the Nissan Rogue, is on sale.
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2016-2020
2016 Redesign Year
Mitsubishi's small SUV alternates between mediocrity and competitiveness. The original Outlander was powered by a noisy 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which delivered unimpressive acceleration and fuel economy.
Handling suffered from overly light steering and pronounced body lean. A 2007 redesign considerably improved the Outlander, making it a competitive small SUV. Originally available only with a punchy V6, an improved four-cylinder arrived in 2008, returning 22 mpg overall. Responsive steering with good driver feedback gave the Outlander a sporty feel. An optional third-row seat was unusual for the class. A 2014 redesign stripped the Outlander of any athleticism, making it feel dated and cut-rate. Emphasizing utility on a budget, the third-row seat became standard. A plug-in hybrid joins the line in 2018.
$18,800 - $28,650
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$16,925 - $25,500
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$14,925 - $23,025
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$13,125 - $18,000
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$11,825 - $15,375
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2014-2015
2014 Redesign Year
Emphasizing utility on a budget, the 2014 redesign stripped the Outlander of any athleticism, making it feel dated and cut-rate. Compared to the previous Outlander, this retooled model handles clumsily, tending to lumber through corners feeling like a larger vehicle than it is.
The cabin is noisy, the front seats aren't supportive enough, and interior trim looks cheap and feels insubstantial. On the plus side, the third-row seat became standard. Overall though, we see little reason to consider buying the Outlander.
$9,550 - $13,025
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$8,075 - $11,000
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2007-2013
2007 Redesign Year
The 2007 redesign considerably improved the Outlander, making it a competitive small SUV with a refined and responsive powertrain. The interior is roomy and offers a tiny third-row seat, which is an unusual option in this category.
A backup camera integrated into the navigation system is another welcomed optional feature. Alert steering with good driver feedback gives this edition of the Outlander a sporty feel to accompany its agile handling. However, to accomplish this, ride quality is on the stiff side. Road noise is pronounced too. Fit and finish are also a bit of a let down. Originally available only with a punchy V6, an improved four-cylinder arrived in 2008, returning 22 mpg overall.
$6,850 - $10,200
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$6,050 - $8,475
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$5,350 - $6,975
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$4,875 - $6,900
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$4,375 - $5,975
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$3,925 - $5,150
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$3,525 - $4,725
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2003-2006
2003 Redesign Year
Over the years, Mitsubishi's small SUV has alternated between mediocrity and competitiveness. As an example, while ride quality is reasonably comfortable, the 2003 version of the Outlander doesn't compete well with the best models in this class.
Although it has reasonable passenger space; acceleration, handling, and fuel economy are all unimpressive. However, it should be noted side airbags were made standard for the 2006 model year.
$3,075 - $4,350
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$2,800 - $3,975
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$2,675 - $3,275
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$2,650 - $3,150
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