First Drive: The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Is Ready to Be Relevant

Three-row compact SUV has user-friendly interior tech, a well-made cabin, and an improved driving experience

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reports

Update: Since this first drive was originally published, we finished testing the Mitsubishi Outlander. Read the complete Mitsubishi Outlander road test.

If you’re in the market for a small SUV that can fit seven people in a pinch, the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander could be an appealing option. Though none of Mitsubishi’s recent models have impressed us, this new three-row family hauler checks the boxes in terms of its decent handling agility, a pleasingly pretty and well-built cabin, and interior flexibility in a compact package.

The new Outlander’s turnaround appears to be due to the recent Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance, in which all three automakers share resources. As such, the new Outlander has a lot in common with the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue, an SUV that’s more refined than any other current product from Mitsubishi.

The Outlander gives buyers a unique choice: It’s just slightly larger than most two-row compact SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4, yet it’s considerably smaller than most midsized three-row models like the Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Highlander.

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Outlander pricing ranges from $25,795 for the 2.5 ES up to $35,345 for the SEL Launch Edition S-AWC, not including a $1,195 destination charge on all models. We purchased an SE Launch Edition 2.5 S-AWC (S-AWC, or Super All-Wheel Control, is Mitsubishi’s term for all-wheel drive) for our test program and also rented an SEL 2.5 S-AWC from Mitsubishi for this First Drive evaluation.

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the Outlander is available to you below. We have since put the Outlander through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. Read the complete Mitsubishi Outlander road test.

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What we bought: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SE Launch Edition 2.5 S-AWC
Powertrain: 181-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $31,795
Total options: $1,350
Destination fee: $1,195
Total cost: $34,340

What we rented: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5 S-AWC
Powertrain: 181-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $33,745
Total options: $3,650
Destination fee: $1,195
Total cost: $38,590

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