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New Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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Mitsubishi got a late start in the small SUV segment, but the original Outlander followed market trends with a car-based design that delivered good handling and a comfortable ride on paved roads, at the expense of limited off-road handling. The second-generation Outlander improved the breed with more interior space and an optional V6 engine, though it always played second fiddle to more established competitors.

It's a similar story with today's Outlander. It offers three rows of seats and available V6 power. Unfortunately, when it comes to acceleration, fuel economy and the latest tech features, the Outlander still has a hard time keeping up with its rivals.

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The Outlander is available in four trim levels: ES, SE, SEL and GT. ES, SE and SEL models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 166 horsepower, while the GT receives a 3.0-liter V6 with 224 hp. Four-cylinder Outlanders come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the V6-powered GT uses a traditional six-speed automatic. Both have manual-shift capability. All Outlander trims are available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The AWD system is notable for its various driver-selectable configurations, including a 4WD Lock mode for maximum traction in slippery conditions.

The Outlander ES is well equipped considering its low price. Notable features include alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a split and folding third-row seat, a rearview camera and a touchscreen stereo. SE models add keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, and an upgraded smartphone-compatible stereo, while the SEL gets leather, automatic wipers and headlights, and a power driver seat. Options include a sunroof, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, a 360-degree parking camera, and a heated steering wheel. The GT adds V6 power and most of the features that are optional on the SEL; the advanced safety features and adaptive cruise are offered as options.

In our reviews of the Mitsubishi Outlander, we have come away impressed by the sheer value offered by the Outlander, particularly the lower trim levels. Visibility is excellent thanks to unobstructed sightlines and big side-view mirrors. It handles well enough, and the all-wheel-drive system does a great job on loose surfaces such as dirt and snow. But in other respects, the Outlander trails the competition: Acceleration is slower than average, particularly with the four-cylinder engine, and fuel economy is lackluster. And though the third-row seat is handy, it's also very small. The Mitsubishi Outlander is a competent SUV and a good choice for buyers on a tight budget, but most of its rivals simply do the job better.

Read the most recent 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Mitsubishi Outlander page.

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