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Used 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE SUV.

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
1.5 years and 28k miles
Fazzster,01/12/2017
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Being an auto enthusiast and having owned an embarrassingly large number of cars, I knew enough to ignore the so called journalist reviews and check this vehicle out for myself. I like the fact this Mitsu is 100% made and assembled in Japan. The build quality is excellent as a result. There is really no other vehicle for the price that offers a 3rd row and come with all the goodies. A … Highlander will cost you nearly $10k more and Rogue only comes in 1 trim if you want the 3rd row. With $5k in Mitsu incentives plus a large dealer discount, this vehicle can be had for very cheap. Plus you get a 100k mile warranty. This is where "you get what you pay for" comes in. The engine design is over a decade old so if you care about the latest and greatest, you may not be satisfied. It operates very smooth and efficient in normal driving but when you tap into the power the noise can be obtrusive and is not helped by the nature of the CVT. But to its credit, it still remains relatively smooth under load and delivers excellent MPG. The suspension is a little harsh (which was addressed in the 2016+ models) when handling choppy pavement but otherwise it smooth and quiet on good roads. The AWD system is brilliant and the snow setting is excellent. I run dedicated snows in the winter and the grip and control is very impressive. Interior; the materials are very good and are on par with the class and wear well even with 3 kids. My wife and I are short at 5'3" and find the seats comfortable with decent adjustability. Our Outlander has been reliable at 28k miles so far with no repairs to report. In short, most people would be pleased with the Outlander. However considering its poor resale value, crappy dealer network, and the competition that keeps getting better, the Outlander is a value proposition only vehicle. Meaning, if you can't get it for at least $8k off MSRP then you maybe better off with something else. You are still getting stellar Japanese reliability/quality and a vehicle loaded with features that will serve you well for miles to come while leaving cash in your wallet.
5 out of 5 stars
Best Car I've ever bought! Still...after 3 yrs
Tammy,12/02/2017
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
I love my OUTLANDER! It's comfortable to ride and drive. It hasn't got the 'most' power but has all I need. The 10/100,000 mile warranty was more than I expected but haven't had to use it. It's only needed routine maintenance in 2 years, oil changes, tire rotations, that's it! Mine also has a no-rust warranty which is almost unheard of and a great perk for any vehicle being drive in … Maine. Super reliable. The back seats are all that comfortable but they're not used much anyway. No kids. Mileage is average. The ground clearance is actually what attracted me to this vehicle. It's more than my previous SUV that kept getting stuck in my driveway when there was a significant snow fall. I haven't gotten stuck with my Outlander. Heated seats....just awesome! There are so many perks to this car, they far outweigh any possible negatives, not that I can think of any. Truly the best car I've ever had in my 30 years of driving!
5 out of 5 stars
Good SUV
Johnny ray,09/17/2021
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
At present I have 180000 miles on my outlander and counting. I have kept up on maintenence. The outlander has never let me down. Goes good in snow. Third row seat is a joke.
2 out of 5 stars
What are people thinking?
gladitsgone,04/17/2018
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
The only rationale I can come up with for people giving good reviews on this car is the sheer embarrassment that they bought it. I know that's how I felt. I should have listened to the consumer report review that said the only thing that works well in the car is the AC. The engine was powerful enough to pull a lawnmower and the sluggishness made this car unsafe to drive on the … highway. The third row seat is pretty much a scam as nobody can fit back there. I would feel I was endangering children back there as well. Oh, and the fuel economy in my experience is also BS. I never got beyond 27mpg and that was five hours on the highway. Around town it is no better than a highlander or pilot. The sacrifices are too many not to step up to a real vehicle.....unless you're broke and don't mind driving something this ugly.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE SUV

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average fuel economy
  • attractive, high-quality interior
  • available frontal impact warning/mitigation system.
  • Underwhelming performance
  • cramped third-row seat
  • maximum cargo capacity a bit short of top rivals.


Full Edmunds Review: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

What’s new

For the 2015 Outlander, Mitsubishi's "Fuse" voice command system and Bluetooth are now standard. There are also small styling updates to the front fascia, along with minor changes to standard and optional equipment.

Edmunds says

While a number of attractive features make the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander worth a look, it doesn't stand out in a crowd of very competitive rivals.

Vehicle overview

Lately, crossover SUVs have become the renaissance men of the car world, providing a good measure of capability in all categories. They're great for family vacations, carpools and transporting the kids while also being more comfortable and fuel-efficient than traditional truck-based SUVs. The Mitsubishi Outlander is no newcomer to this segment, and the 2015 model benefits from a redesign that occurred just last year. The problem with this Mitsubishi, however, is that it doesn't excite or excel in any particular category.

To its credit, the 2015 Outlander with its base four-cylinder engine gets above-average gas mileage for the segment, and when we tested the V6 all-wheel-drive GT model, we found it to have decent acceleration and a somewhat comfortable cabin. Other selling points for the Outlander are its lengthy warranty and available third-row seat. That third row is pretty cramped, but if this is a feature you want, the Outlander is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer it.

Evaluated elsewhere, though, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is pretty average. In an exhaustive Edmunds.com test, we gave the Outlander a "C" rating. Competitors typically offer quicker acceleration, higher levels of comfort on long road trips and better build quality. The Honda CR-V, for instance, is more refined and comfortable. We also recommend checking out the 2015 Mazda CX-5, 2015 Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, all of which are great choices. The Nissan Rogue is another worthy contender, as it has an available third row of seating. With so many options for crossover SUVs, we definitely recommend that you check out the competition before settling on a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander models

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that comes in three different trim levels: the base ES, midrange SE and GT.

The ES comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, full power accessories, automatic climate control, a 60/40-split-folding second-row seat that slides and reclines, a 50/50-split third-row seat, Mitsubishi's "Fuse" voice-command system (for phone and audio control), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cruise control and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an iPod/USB interface.

Stepping up to the SE gets you 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, a rearview camera and an upgraded audio system with a 6-inch touchscreen display and HD radio. The GT further adds the 3.0-liter V6, all-wheel drive and a few more luxuries such as automatic xenon headlights, LED taillights, shifter paddles, wood interior panels, rain-sensing wipers and satellite radio.

The SE and GT models can be had with a Premium option package that includes a sunroof, roof rails, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, a power driver seat and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate surround-sound audio system with satellite radio. A Touring package available for the SE and GT trims bundles all of the above with rain-sensing wipers, a voice-operated navigation system, a larger 7-inch touchscreen display and adaptive cruise control with a collision warning and mitigation system and lane-departure warning.

Stand-alone options for the Outlander include rear parking sensors, remote ignition and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Performance & mpg

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is offered with two powertrains. The ES and SE both get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). ES models are front-wheel-drive only, while the SE can be had with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Go with the GT and you'll get a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 224 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. A conventional six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, an Outlander GT went from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is average in the segment.

With the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the EPA fuel-economy estimates for the Outlander are 27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway), and 26 mpg combined (24/29) when equipped with all-wheel drive. Equipped with the 3.0-liter V6, the Outlander's fuel economy drops to 23 mpg combined (20/28).

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, a driver-side knee airbag, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Optional electronic safety features include lane-departure warning and a forward collision-warning and mitigation system. The latter can sense an impending frontal collision, alert the driver and, if the driver fails to react, apply light brake pressure followed by full panic braking, potentially bringing the Outlander to a halt if it was originally traveling under 20 mph.

During Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Outlander GT came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is average.

In government crash testing, the Outlander with all-wheel drive earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with four stars for total frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. Front-drive Outlanders have the same front and side ratings, but one less star for overall protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave all Outlanders the best possible rating of "Good" in the small-overlap frontal offset, moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts. It's also worth noting that with optional equipment, the 2015 Outlander also earned an "Advanced" rating for front crash prevention.

Driving

Acceleration with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder won't stir your soul. If you mainly drive in town, you'll find its performance adequate, but there's really not enough power here for pleasurable highway travel. Thanks to the nature of the Outlander's CVT, accelerating up to freeway speeds has the engine at high rpm for prolonged periods of time, and the resulting noises are less than appealing. The V6 certainly sounds better and is more powerful, but it's still not as potent or enjoyable as the V6s and optional turbocharged four-cylinder engines found in rival models.

Along the highway, the 2015 Outlander is definitely comfortable, but there's a bit of wind and engine noise to deal with. Handling around turns is secure, steering feels natural and offers intuitive response, but overall, the latest Outlander isn't quite as sporty as its predecessors. If off-pavement driving is a priority, the Outlander's all-wheel-drive system offers selectable modes that provide a bit more capability on dirt roads and in deep snow. The system can be used for mild off-roading, but not much more.

Interior

If you're judging the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior by comparing it to past models, it's definitely a step forward. Redesigned just a year ago, the interior looks more attractive and benefits from an overall sense of increased materials quality.

The front seats are a little on the firm side, but offer a good amount of legroom, as do the second-row seats, which can slide fore and aft and recline for greater comfort. While some shoppers may see the third row seat as a plus, it is really only suited for occasional use by small kids.

When it comes to hauling stuff, you'll find 10.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row of seats, 34.2 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 63.3 cubic feet with both rows folded down. These numbers fall short of the cargo space in most other compact crossovers, including the CR-V, RAV4 and Escape.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander in Virginia is:

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