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Mitsubishi Outlander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 168 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is more like a sport-utility than a boring old crossover, and that's a good thing.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Agile handling; useful rear tailgate/liftgate design; roomy cargo area; lengthy warranty.

  • Cons

    Plain interior treatment; flimsy, kid-size third-row seat; steering wheel doesn't telescope.

  • What's New for 2011

    For 2011, the Mitsubishi Outlander benefits from slightly improved fuel economy and some minor feature shuffles that benefit buyers.

Full 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Mitsubishi Outlander benefits from slightly improved fuel economy and some minor feature shuffles that benefit buyers.


Standing out from a crowd is no easy task, and especially so for automakers trying to make an impression in the very competitive market for compact crossovers. Mitsubishi is certainly doing all it can with its 2011 Outlander. With aggressive styling pulled from the high-performance Lancer Evolution sedan and unusually sporty handling, the Outlander should appeal to those looking for a contrast to the conventional family-oriented crossover.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is fairly competitive with the rest of the crossover crowd, offering similar features and configurations. In addition to the four available trim levels, buyers get two distinct engine choices and the option of front- or all-wheel drive. A generous list of standard and optional features further entice, with all of the niceties we've come to expect -- navigation, leather, voice activation and upgraded audio, to name a few.

The Outlander isn't without a few drawbacks, though. The most notable would be the third-row seat. While having the ability to seat a couple extra passengers is always a plus, the third row is alarmingly flimsy and cramped even for children. Our guess is that it's there more for marketing purposes ("it has a third-row seat!") than for real functionality. Points are also deducted for some cut-rate plastics scattered throughout the cabin.

In comparison, the 2011 Toyota RAV4 provides a bit more power, while the 2011 Honda CR-V is more spacious and refined. The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox scores with a roomier rear seat and the new 2011 Kia Sorento matches the Outlander for style, handing and warranty coverage. Overall, we like the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander and find it a respectable choice, yet it's more like a sport-activity vehicle than the mild-mannered crossovers elsewhere in the segment. This makes it unique, though not for everyone.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in four trim levels: ES, SE, XLS and GT.

The entry-level ES is equipped with a four-cylinder engine and comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cloth upholstery, reclining rear seats and a six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack.

The SE adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, turn-signal mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded gauges, sport seats, a six-disc CD changer, sliding second-row seats, third-row seats and steering-column-mounted paddle shifters. Opting for any trim with four-wheel drive also adds heated outside mirrors.

The Outlander XLS is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 and comes with all the above-mentioned features plus automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, the Fuse voice activation system, automatic climate control, chrome interior and exterior accents, aluminum pedals, soft-touch dash and door trim, a USB audio input jack and Bluetooth connectivity. The GT includes all these amenities and adds an active front differential, hill start assist and an advanced AWD mode selector.

SE trim levels are eligible for the Premium package, which adds a sunroof, the Fuse system, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system with satellite radio and the soft-touch interior trim. The Sun and Sound package is only offered on the GT and adds the sunroof and premium sound system. The Touring package is offered for XLS and GT trims and includes the Sun and Sound items plus leather upholstery (front- and second-row seats), heated front seats and a power driver seat.

A hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic, a rearview camera and digital music storage is available as a stand-alone option for all trims, as is a rear entertainment system remote and remote engine start. The XLS and GT can also be had with a rearview camera that's part of the navigation system.

Powertrains and Performance

The Mitsubishi Outlander ES and SE are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The XLS and GT have a 3.0-liter V6 that's good for 230 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Four-cylinder Outlanders come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the V6-powered XLS and GT use a traditional six-speed automatic. Both have manual-shift capability.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is offered as an option on the SE and is mandatory on the GT. The XLS is front-drive only. The AWD system offers different driver-selectable modes to optimize traction in varying conditions. The GT's all-wheel-drive system features an improved front differential and additional modes.

In recent Edmunds testing, the Outlander GT accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, which is respectable for a V6-equipped crossover SUV in this segment. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2WD 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander are 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the four-cylinder engine, and 19/26/22 mpg with the V6. The AWD four-cylinder gets 22/27/24 mpg, while the AWD V6 gets 19/25/21 mpg.


All major safety features are standard on the Outlander, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Whiplash-reducing front head restraints are also standard. Hill start assist is only available on the GT model.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash testing procedure. Its 2010 rating (which isn't comparable to 2011 ratings) shows that the Outlander earned an impressive five-star rating for frontal and side-impact protection. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset and side-impact crash tests, the Outlander earned the top rating of "Good."

Interior Design and Special Features

On the whole, the Outlander's cabin is attractively designed, though there are some subpar plastics here and there. XLS and GT models are the nicest of the bunch, featuring a soft-touch upper instrument panel and door trim with eye-catching double-stitch accents. The steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, which may be an issue for taller drivers. The Outlander's Fuse system allows you to make phone calls and access your iPod via voice commands, and it is relatively intuitive to use.

The third-row seat that comes with SE and better models will suffice in a pinch, but it's too flimsy and small for regular use. Also, its suspended fabric seat bottom is not very supportive, and the seatback is located uncomfortably close to the tailgate glass. On the plus side, the Outlander offers a unique flip-down tailgate capable of supporting up to 440 pounds. With the second- and third-row seats folded, total cargo space measures nearly 73 cubic feet, which is very roomy for a small crossover SUV.

Driving Impressions

As crossovers go, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is surprisingly fun to drive. Handling limits are noticeably higher than the typical crossover's, and the sporty suspension tuning is further enhanced by a pleasantly weighted steering wheel. Fortunately, these athletic leanings do not compromise its agreeable ride quality. The Outlander's V6 isn't as powerful as the Toyota RAV4's, but the Mitsubishi still offers brisk acceleration and smooth gearshifts. As an added bonus, the all-wheel-drive system ably keeps the car planted on loose road surfaces like sand and snow.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

So far so good, could

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

I got the outlander earlier this year, I could say I love it, but I do have a few concerns, I sometimes smell burnt rubber after driving long ways, the CVT could have a better response, seems a bit on the sluggish side, but everything else I love about my outlander, the Bluetooth system, maintenance I practically do it myself, I'm going to be taking it on my first road trip soOn, I wonder how it's going to treat me on the highway.

First suv after 2-doors coupe'

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

Bought it second hand after arriving in Dubai. It is a small one compared to the others going around here. Very nimble driving at speed, but CVT transmission should be more responsive. Very comfortable and often we use it in place of the big Mitsubishi Montero we also have. The Outlander drives and feels like a car and I get most times 27mpg (highway) although mpg is not an issue here.

Horrible no confidence

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 6A)

If you need a car to get to work and family this is not the car. Continued electronic failures which prohibit the car from starting will cost you money and time. Wait an hour and try again until the next work day and a trip to the car rental. Beware the Outlander is a bad deal. The feeling of no confidence overtakes you when you attempt to start the vehicle and nothing happens, and let me tell you it is not a good feeling everyday after work to go through that. If you have kids and need to get home too, this auto may not be the best option.

So far, so good

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

We bought this Outlander new in late 2011 to replace a Saturn Wagon that was burning oil (and that we were outgrowing). Right now we have around 23,000 miles on the car. It starts and runs well. Since we are used to small engine cars this has enough power for our needs. The trunk is huge, and the radio sounds great. Seats are comfortable. Handling is superb. We get around 23 mpg overall in winter and 25-26 mpg in summer (suburban driving). Highway mpg is 28-30 mpg. The CVT is a bit growly and low speeds and RPM, but once the car is moving it is fine.

One of the best suv's

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

My girlfriend recently traded in her 2009 Lancer GT for a 2011 Outlander 4cyl AWD. Her Lancer was such a great car and Mitsubishi service is always fantastic. We recently moved into an area where we need a 4x4 so after looking at offerings from Hyundai, Nissan, Jeep, etc. we easily decided on the Outlander! We chose the 4cyl because we did the not need the power or fuel consumption of the V6. So far we are averaging reviewed specs of 23mpg city and 28mpg highway which is great for a vehicle this size! Please be aware that the 4cyl is for fuel savings and V6 is for power and towing. Choose wisely as some people seem disappointed by the lack of 4cyl power (168hp). Know what you are buying!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

Mitsubishi sucks

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Vehicle: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

I bought a 2011 Mitsubishi outlander SE FWD grey in color in 09/2011. I have had nothing but problems! 1st the sunroof popped out of it sitting in the garage!!Mitsubishi 1st gave me the run around, and after much debate, they paid for it. Then a stress crack in the windshield. I paid for it myself because I got NOWHERE w/ mitsubishi. It runs terrible, I have to be careful getting out on the highway or I will get run over. the dealership says nothing is wrong w/ it! I can smell burning rubber, and so can everyone else! They say nothing is wrong! Now the PAINT is comming off!! Mitsubishi says its MY fault....driving conditions??? The running light FELL out going down the road,and low MPGs!!!

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