Mitsubishi Outlander


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Outdated and outclassed, the Outlander struggles to compete. Its high point is a tiny third-row seat that's standard on most versions.
Though absorbent, the Outlander's ride feels too buoyant and not tied down--despite Mitsubishi's recent improvement efforts. Handling is clumsy, with slow steering response and lots of body lean in corners. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is mated to a CVT that amplifies the engine's howl when drivers ask for power. Acceleration is leisurely at 10 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, and its 24 mpg overall is lackluster. Top-tier GT trims get a 3.0-liter V6 and six-speed automatic. The plug-in hybrid can do a claimed 22 miles on electric power before switching to hybrid mode. It has no third row. New features for 2021 include standard forward collision warning and automatic city speed emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
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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.
$18,025 - $28,350
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$16,375 - $25,350
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$14,725 - $22,900
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$13,050 - $17,500
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$11,550 - $14,925
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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.
$9,175 - $12,925
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$7,900 - $11,100
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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.
$6,700 - $10,250
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$5,850 - $8,425
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$5,175 - $6,925
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$4,625 - $6,650
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$4,250 - $5,775
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$3,925 - $5,225
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$3,725 - $4,750
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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.
$3,000 - $4,325
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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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