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Mitsubishi Outlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 220 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • An attractive small SUV that offers an entertaining driving experience and a third-row seat, the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander is a strong candidate for young families seeking versatility.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Agile handling, comfortable ride, smooth V6, useful clamshell rear hatch, wide range of features, lengthy warranty.

  • Cons

    Kid-size third-row seat is hard to fold, desirable options buried in packages, a few low-grade plastics.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander is completely redesigned. Larger and a bit more upscale than before, it has a standard 220-horsepower V6 and an optional third-row seat.

Full 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander is completely redesigned. Larger and a bit more upscale than before, it has a standard 220-horsepower V6 and an optional third-row seat.


Too often Mitsubishis end up on the fringe of major vehicle segments. Whether it's due to oddball styling, modest engine output and/or unimpressive cabin decor, they're relegated to alternative status when pitted against the mainstream players. And so it was with the first-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which struggled to find a niche even as the small-SUV segment expanded. But the redesigned 2007 Outlander is destined for the popular crowd in this class. It's larger and more athletic in personality than its predecessor, and Mitsubishi has dressed it in a sharp new wardrobe. It's also equipped with an all-new V6 as well as a coveted third-row seat. In short, the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander offers just about everything most buyers are looking for in a compact SUV.

The Outlander's transformation began with a new platform. It's a version of the next-generation Lancer platform that underpins the Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass. But development work wasn't complete at the time of Mitsubishi's big breakup with DaimlerChrysler, so the two sides finished up on their own: The basic design is the same; the specific components and tuning are different. The '07 Outlander is only 4 inches longer than the old one, but this gave Mitsubishi enough room to install a kid-size, third-row bench that drops into the floor without encroaching on second-row legroom or shrinking the cargo bay to Little Tikes dimensions. In fact, cargo capacity has increased substantially to nearly 73 cubic feet. An unusual clamshell-style hatch incorporated into the rear bumper provides easy access to strollers and groceries, along with convenient tailgate seating during afternoons at the soccer fields.

Overall, the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander stacks up well in the compact-SUV segment. With 220 horsepower, it keeps up with most V6-equipped competitors, save for the unusually quick Toyota RAV4, and the Mitsubishi's sharp handling dynamics make it one of the more entertaining utility vehicles in this price range. Negatives include the third-row seat's counterintuitive folding procedure and the fact that many of the most desirable options, including xenon headlights, leather upholstery and an MP3 player jack, are only available as part of expensive packages. In addition to the RAV4, consumers looking at the Mitsubishi Outlander will also want to consider the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-7, Subaru Forester and Suzuki XL-7. While each of these vehicles has certain advantages in this class, the attractive Outlander offers a balanced package and would no doubt be a satisfying compact SUV to own.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A small SUV, the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in ES, LS and XLS trim levels. Available only in front-wheel-drive configuration, entry-level ES models are equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a six-speaker CD stereo, cruise control, a trip computer, full power accessories and reclining rear seats. The LS adds alloy wheels, a roof rack, privacy glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, two additional 12-volt power points and a cargo cover. The LS also has a longer options list. Opting for the top-of-the-line Outlander XLS provides 18-inch alloy wheels, a third-row seat (increasing seating capacity to seven), a keyless ignition system, automatic climate control and Bluetooth capability.

Most options for the Mitsubishi Outlander are available only in packages. The most interesting of these is the Navigation Package, which includes a nav system that runs off a 30GB hard drive; one-third of the hard drive space is available for owners to store and play MP3 files. There's also the Sun and Sound Package, which combines a nine-speaker, 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo (with an MP3 player jack) with a sunroof, and the Entertainment Package, which sets you up with a rear-seat DVD player. Outlander XLS buyers who opt for Sun and Sound are also eligible for the Luxury Package, which provides xenon headlights, leather upholstery, front seat heaters and a power driver seat. Towing preparation is also available.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a 3.0-liter V6 rated for 220 horsepower and 204 pound-feet of torque. (Outlanders sold in California-emissions states make only 213 hp.) A six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode is standard; Outlander XLS models also have magnesium paddle shifters mounted on the steering column.

Outlander LS and XLS buyers have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the ES is front-drive only. The AWD system offers an unusual amount of flexibility for this class. Twist the red console dial to "2WD" and power goes only to the front wheels to save fuel. Choose "4WD Auto" and at least 15 percent of engine torque is routed to the rear axle at all times, and when you're accelerating on packed snow or other slippery surfaces, the rear wheels can accept up to 60 percent of the power. Choose "4WD Lock" and you've locked the front and rear axles together in a 50/50 split for maximum traction.

Fuel economy rates 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway on front-drive Outlanders and 19/26 on AWD models. Properly equipped, Mitsubishi's compact SUV can tow up to 3,500 pounds.


All major safety features are standard on the Mitsubishi Outlander, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. (On the seven-passenger XLS, the airbags extend further back to cover the third row.) Whiplash-reducing front head restraints are also standard. Rear backup sensors are unfortunately not available, and we think Mitsubishi would be wise to add this valuable safety item to the options list. In IIHS frontal-offset crash testing, the new Outlander earned the top rating of "Good."

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, everything comes together in comfortingly normal fashion: Sight lines are good, controls are simple and seats are comfortable. One disappointment is the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. The 60/40-split second-row bench offers three notches of seatback recline and four notches of fore/aft adjustment. The third row in Outlander XLS models is strictly for children (and small ones at that), and although it folds flat into the floor, a confusing muddle of pull-straps makes the procedure more complicated than necessary.

In terms of cargo room, there are a mere 15 cubic feet with the third-row seat in use, but fold that down and you've got 36 cubes (or 39 in five-passenger models). Fold and flip the second-row seats and there are just under 73 cubic feet at your disposal. We particularly like the Outlander's clamshell rear hatch, as the upper portion provides convenient access to groceries, while the lower portion (built into the rear bumper) drops down to form a tailgate.

Driving Impressions

Driving the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander is more fun than you might expect, as its well-tuned chassis gives it sporty reflexes around corners and transmits considerable feedback to the driver. The steering is nicely weighted, and the brakes feel strong and progressive. Ride quality is just as important as handling in a compact SUV, though, and the Outlander is indeed comfortable and well-mannered when cruising. The 3.0-liter V6 is a little shy on low-end torque, but once revved up it moves the Outlander along smartly and has smooth power delivery. Shifts from the six-speed automatic are crisp and well-timed.

Read our Mitsubishi Outlander Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Good value

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

My wife wanted this vehicle to replace her 04 Outlander, which she loved. Turns out that it gets better mileage than the 4 cyl. and has tons more power. I'm not a big fan of the transmission, which hesitates slightly when accelerating from a stop light (almost like a delay between gas pedal and actual go). There are foot wells under the front seats, which are great for taller backseat passengers. We now have 200,000 km on this vehicle (15,000 the first 10 days we owned it) and, aside from a transfer case seal and squeaky rear shocks (both replaced under warranty, it has been regular maintenance only. Changed the plugs last week at $400+, but it was past time. Wife still loves it.

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Awesome sleeper car

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

only had my Outie for a few months, but she has been great, you get a lot of quality for the used price, liked it better than the typical Toyotas and Hondas, and better build quality than pretty much everything else in it's range, it's no BMW or Mercades though. sporty ride and steering, and perfect for those of us 6ft plus. lots of room. Love that the back seats recline and adjust, so that the person sitting behind me isn't cramped. overall, a really really nice Suburban Utility Vehicle, just wouldn't trust it off-road.

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Great, but beware the paint

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

Had this car for about 5 years now. Overall, we have been very pleased with it except for one issue: the paint. The clear coat appears does not appear to be of quality resulting in a car that scratches easy and a result, looks pretty awful after a short period of ownership. The built-in media center was cool at first, but is a bit annoying with expensive map updates and the inability to load MP3's on the hard drive. It will only load from original music CD's (or WAV files). Minus the paint, reliability has been very good.

Love my 2007 outlander

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

I bought my 2007 Outlander from a Mitsubishi dealership in 2010. It was a used rental car and I was really concerned when I bought it but I have read so many wonderful things about them so I took a chance. The only thing I have done to it is maintinence. I have changed the oil, bought new tires, and changed the transmission fluid. It runs smooth and has almost 90k miles on it. My mechanic/Uncle said he was very impressed by how clean the undercarriage is. (It takes a lot to impress him) At Christmas my mother told me that I couldn't possibly fit my three children including my infant, in the car with their bikes and presents but I did. It wasn't cramped but there was not a ton of room left

Love it!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

I bought my 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, used with just under 50k miles on it, in 2010 when I graduated college. The first month I had it I drove it from AZ to AK! Very Comfortable. Didn't have a single problem. I have now lived in AK for over 2 years and have driven in all the craziest weather conditions and couldnt be happier! It gets decent gas mileage, I love that I can switch on AWD whenever I need it, the sound system is AWESOME and I always get complimets on how nice it is. I went from driving a sports car to this and I love my Mitsubishi and would definitely buy another!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Packed with features, and a

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

I spent probably a few hundred hours researching SUV's, and decided the Mitsubishi is tops for value, reliability, looks, and options. I originally wanted an Endeavor (also an excellent vehicle), but found a really great deal on my 07 Outlander. I've only had it for less than a month, but this SUV is so much fun to drive, and surprises me constantly. I keep finding great features (see below). Engine sounds an looks great, build seems solid, great look, and an awesome value (especially used).

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Gas Mileage


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