Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV
Which Outlander does Edmunds recommend?
While you might be drawn to the Outlander because of its low introductory price, consider getting the top-of-the-line GT if you can. It's the only way you can get the V6 engine, which is preferable over the four-cylinder engine. You also get all-wheel drive, leather seats, LED headlights and a Rockford Fosgate audio system. The optional Touring package would be a good addition for its adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning systems.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Generous list of standard features
- Standard three-row seating
- Slow, noisy acceleration with the base four-cylinder
- Thirsty V6 is available only on the top-of-the-line GT
- Third-row seat is pretty small
- Limited Mitsubishi dealer network
- Refreshed styling including new headlights
- Improved ride quality and quieter cabin
- New rear-seat climate control vents
- Part of the third Outlander generation introduced for 2014
|Overall||6.6 / 10|
There's not much to like here. The standard four-cylinder engine is underpowered, and handling is unremarkable. Even the brakes require a deft foot to bring the vehicle to a complete stop, which makes for a clunky braking experience.
Except in specific situations, the Outlander offers a smooth ride over most roads. The first- and second-row seats are fairly uncomfortable, partially owing to the lack of available adjustments. Most SUVs in the class are good at isolating outside noise and engine vibration but not the Outlander.
Getting into the Outlander can be tricky for adults — especially the driver — but once you're seated, the cabin feels roomy enough. The driving position is uncomfortably high, and the seat bottom doesn't angle up much. Visibility is fantastic all around, however.
As with other compact three-row crossovers, cargo space behind the third row is meager. The seats fold flat for usable space, but that space is still a few cubic feet smaller than average. Though the Outlander is designed with families in mind, there aren't many places to put toys, bags or anything else.
We like the optional Rockford Fosgate sound system, and every model but the base ES comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its two USB ports aren't sufficient for seven people, though. Many driver aids are available but only at the top trim levels. It's surprisingly hard to hear incoming phone calls at highway speeds.
Most helpful consumer reviews
GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
As the title says the new 2019 GT we have is our 3rd Outlander. We can not see paying any more for one of the names that are ranked higher in the polls. I have owned Porsches and other high end cars in my life but feel the Outlander is as well put together as any car that I have owned. The warranty is the best in the industry and I have only had 4 recalls for all four cars for minor issues. Never for anything like brakes or transmissions or motor issues. At 6'3" and 250 I need a car that is comfortable and the Outlander offers the adjustments to allow me to do so. The leather heated seats on the GT are very comfortable. My wife and I take a twice a year trip from NC to IA and back, 1700 miles roundtrip each time. Very much like the fuel economy, right now after less than a 1000 miles are seeing 25-26 mpg on short trips, combination of country road and highway. Can't wait for some long runs on a highway. This is much better than our 2009 which we still have and is still going strong after 190,000 miles.
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Part One First of all, I rented this for a Midwest swing of 5 states and I put just a bit under 1,000 miles on it. So while I'm not a long-term owner, I did put about 200 miles a day on this SUV and I think that I have a few things worth sharing on that basis. For my little family of three, this smaller SUV (specifically, it was the Mitsubishi Outlander SEL w/AWD) worked out great for what we wanted it to do! The back seat was roomy enough that my six year old wasn’t constantly kicking the front passenger seat all of the time. Right away, this is a crowd pleaser. The SEL trim is covered in leather which I think is always a bonus when little kids could be spilling stuff in the back seat. We didn’t find this SUV to be particularly comfortable or unconformable – however my wife was pretty quiet about the whole 1,000 miles, so it couldn’t have been really terrible, either. The car did occasionally drone on freeway though, and we didn’t really care for that. However, when it did, we were going pretty fast; I had the cruise set at 85mph through large portions of South Dakota where the limit on I-29 is 80mph. The SUV really had no trouble at all maintaining speed once you got there, but as others have said, it’s not sports-car performance in any way. I had never driven a CVT-equipped vehicle this far, ever. Mixed emotions for me – the RPM’s would get right up there and the thing would start to pull itself up to speed. I never felt like it was unsafe, at all, it just required a fairly heavy right foot, which I was more than willing to provide. I wasn’t expecting a lot of speed out of the 2.4 inline four, and really at the end of the day, it was plenty for what I needed it to do. If you are used to something a whole lot faster, then this would get to be frustrating pretty quickly IMHO. The range on this SUV, at least on my road-trip was about 400 miles, probably a little more. I never got much below a quarter of a tank before I filled it up. MPG was about 27 for the entire trip. The automatic climate control in the car is worth mentioning. It worked very well, including the vents in the back seat for my daughter. My only gripe is that the vents cannot be turned on or off up-front using knobs or sliders. We didn’t like that. The ability to change their direction seemed to be limited as well. Minor issues, but things that we noticed. The SUV has heated seats, which we did not use as it was hot most of the time. This car did not have a sunroof, so I have nothing to say about that. Overall, on the road, the Mitsubishi was competent on the road and comfortable. I’d drive one of these again for 1,000 miles if I had to without (too) many complaints.
GT 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
I drove an Outlander in Africa through thick mud, deep sand, giant potholes, rocky roads and never got stuck. I travelled long distances through desolate areas and never broke down. Those experiences proved to me that this is a true off roader. I bought the newest model and its been improved even more. My GT is top of the line with all the high-end luxury options, but the price is half that of any of the competition. There is no hype surrounding the Outlander, so it's ignored by most people. Mitsubishi doesn't sell the elite Montero or Montero Sport in the US, so this is the closest substitute. I appreciate this SUV because it gets me home through even the worst road conditions.
SEL 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Don't listen to [non-permissible content removed] writing the reviews. Just ask a owner like me. Ive owned many SUV and the Outlander drives better, handles better, awesome gas mileage, visibility is better, and price is better!. My last SUV was a Lexus before my wife talked me into the Outlander. It has all the gadgets that the Lexus had. Insurance is cheaper and the warranty rocks. The LED lights and fog lights really is impressive. The engine power isn't that bad. If you learn to drive a CVT you can really get the Outlander moving. Everybody knows you just don't floor a CVT you get a feel for a power band with foot throttle modulation. The big draw is that it is 98% made in Japan with high quality in compliance assembly. The huge touchscreen and Rockford Fosgate stereo blasts when you want and sounds great when you want easy listening. We bought the Outlander fully loaded at 30K while the competition for the same package was 40K.. The 10 year 100K mile warranty with Vip package and you don't have to pay for maintenance, tires, and oil changes!! Thank you Mitsubishi and so long to all the rest.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Outlander models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver of a car hidden in a blind spot (or an approaching one) to protect against dangerous lane changing.
- 360-Degree Camera
- Creates a simulated bird's-eye view of the car for tight parking situations, allowing the driver to see the car from all angles.
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Helps mitigate an accident by monitoring ahead, warning the driver of an impending collision and applying the brake in certain scenarios.