Mitsubishi is trying to push its way onto your shopping list by virtue of the Outlander's standard third-row seat (rare among small SUVs), its temptingly low base price, and some big discounts on the showroom floor. That might make the Outlander seem like a lot of car for the money, but don't be fooled. This is not a competitive model.
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Mitsubishi is trying to push its way onto your shopping list by virtue of the Outlander's standard third-row seat (rare among small SUVs), its temptingly low base price, and some big discounts on the showroom floor. That might make the Outlander seem like a lot of car for the money, but don't be fooled. This is not a competitive model.

Despite a few updates for 2016, the Outlander feels old enough to have been cast in a "Friends" episode. Compared with the best in this class, the Outlander is almost the bottom feeder (the lowly Jeep Cherokee gets that honor).

The Outlander now has a slightly improved ride, it's quieter than it used to be, and it ekes out slightly zippier acceleration and better fuel economy -- a competitive 24 mpg.

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We'd skip the low-scoring Outlander altogether. At the very least, side-step the base ES model, since it lacks a backup camera. We'd go for the SEL for its leather seats and power driver's seat. Hefty discounts mean that the top-trim Outlander often sells for less than a mid-grade competitor, even...
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