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), a 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 recent updates, the Outlander feels old enough to have been cast in a "Friends" episode. Compared with the rest of its class, the Outlander is ranked near the bottom.
The Outlander is reluctant to corner, requiring lots of steering-wheel twirling. And with copious body lean, it's one of the clumsiest vehicles we've recently tested. The soft suspension makes the ride feel initially absorbent but can get unsettled to the point of occupants experiencing motion sickness. That's not exactly a recipe for a family friendly vehicle. And the continuously variable transmission and 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine emit a nasty howl befitting a Soundgarden reunion. The 24 mpg overall we measured is not a standout.