Like a steaming cup of coffee, three-row SUVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander are how most Americans start their mornings. While its 181-hp four-cylinder and CVT won’t get your heartbeat pounding as fast as a double shot of espresso, the seven-passenger Outlander offers a comfortable interior along with a smooth ride. It shares its platform with the two-row Nissan Rogue and offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 248 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Adults won’t get much legroom in the third row, but first and second row passengers have access to luxuries like quilted leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a giant speedometer that mimics a wheel. the price is right, The Outlander isn’t as robust as segment-leading rivals like the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-50, but it offers plenty of cargo space and an interior as rich as oat milk.
What’s new for 2024?
Mitsubishi hasn’t made any notable updates or changes to the Outlander for 2024. Rumors about a possible 286-hp RallyArt performance version of the Outlander PHEV could make for a pretty spicy choice, though we wouldn’t expect such a version to be available. By 2024.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Outlander’s starting price puts it on the more expensive side of the compact crossover segment. Despite a variety of desirable features, the top SEL trim’s value is questionable because it costs almost as much as a top-of-the-line Mazda CX-5who won Our 10 Best Awards many times. Therefore, we would recommend the mid-level SEL model. It also comes with sleek 20-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, a hands-free power liftgate, wireless charging, and driver assists like adaptive cruise and lane-keeping assist. We would also opt for the Tech package which adds a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Bose audio system and a panoramic sunroof.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The Outlander’s standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It pairs exclusively with a Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration, but all-wheel drive is optional. However, the Outlander’s acceleration times are competitive with other compact crossovers (except for the turbocharged CX-5 and Speedsters). kia sportage), it feels less responsive and sluggish at highway speeds, which is exacerbated by its gearless CVT. Otherwise, the Outlander drives with agility and poise. Its steering is well weighted, its body motions are controlled, and its ride is taut. We noted a lack of isolation that allowed road noise to penetrate the cabin on all but the smoothest roads, and the limited sidewall cushioning with our test vehicle’s large 20-inch wheels didn’t help the situation. The Outlander we drove also had a soft-feeling brake pedal, but the stoppers dragged the SUV down a class-competitive 172 feet from 70 mph. The plug-in hybrid model is more powerful and we predict it will offer slightly quicker acceleration. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder is assisted by a pair of electric motors for a combined 248 horsepower and on our first test driveWe noted that the Outlander PHEV feels perkier, especially in urban driving.
towing and payload capacity
Larger SUVs or pickups are better suited for towing, but the Mitsubishi has the ability to tow up to 2000 pounds, should you need it.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
With a 20.0-kWh battery pack onboard, the Outlander PHEV is good for a claimed 38 miles of electric-only driving range per charge. This puts it slightly ahead of other versions of the PHEV Hyundai Tucson And this ford escape, but lags behind the Toyota RAV4 Prime, which slightly beats the Outlander with a 42-mile driving range. Unfortunately, the Outlander PHEV suffers from a fairly slow onboard charging system, meaning it will take around 6.5 hours to charge at home when the battery is completely dead. Fortunately, a DC fast-charging system is optional, but it uses an older CHAdeMO charging port that may not be easy to find at fast charging stations in your area.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The all-wheel-drive Outlander earns an EPA-rated 24 mpg city and 30 highway. Front-wheel drive Outlanders see a slight improvement of 24 city and 31 MPG on the highway. During our 75-mph highway fuel-efficient route—part of Our Comprehensive Test Rules– The all-wheel-drive Mitsubishi’s real-world result of 26 mpg fell short of its EPA estimate. The Outlander PHEV is rated for 25 mpg city and 27 mpg highway when running on gasoline, but by the government’s norm, it’s good for 64 MPGe when accounting for its electric driving range. For more information on Outlander’s fuel economy, visit EPA website,
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The new Outlander has noticeably nicer cabin materials than its predecessor, which was made up for by subpar plastics and chintzy trim pieces. Not only are the interior accents and surfaces of high quality, but the design ultimately qualifies as modern. Likewise, there is an assortment of contemporary content including an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a head-up display. While passengers in the first two rows enjoy more hip room and legroom than the previous generation Outlander, its third row has very limited legroom for adults. The only other compact crossover with seating for seven people Volkswagen Tiguan, but, unlike the Outlander, its additional set of seats is limited to front-drive models. Cargo space also grows on the new Outlander, with the second and third rows behind adding 1 cubic foot to the total volume.
Infotainment & Connectivity
On the infotainment front, the new Outlander offers either an 8.0- or 9.0-inch touchscreen depending on the trim. Both units have standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but only the latter allows users to connect their iPhones wirelessly. The system has hard buttons and physical knobs for volume and tuning, with the charging port below the center stack. Additional available infotainment features include a 10-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging, and access to the subscription-based Mitsubishi Connect app that provides remote services.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
available with driver-assistance technology Including adaptive cruise control and a semi-autonomous drive mode, the 2023 Outlander boasts a compelling set of tech. For more information on the compact crossover’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHSWebsites. Key security features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Mitsubishi offers better limited and powertrain warranties than other compact crossovers and SUVs. Although the company doesn’t offer complimentary maintenance, its primary protection plans stand as long as Kia And Hyundai,
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- no complimentary scheduled maintenance
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
value as tested
$38,590 (Base Price: $28,790)
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
in 15232488 cm3
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
181 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
continuous variable automatic
Suspension (F/R): Struts/Multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.8-in Vented Disc/13.0-in Vented Disc
Tyres: Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus, P255/45R-20 101W M+S
Wheelbase: 106.5 Inch
Length: 185.4 inches
Width: 73.3 inches
Height: 68.8 Inches
Passenger Quantity: 120 ft3
Cargo Volume: 12 ft3
Curb Weight: 3864 lb
CD Exam Results
60 mph: 8.2 seconds
100 mph: 23.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.6 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 4.7 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.0 seconds
1/4 mile: 16.3 sec @ 86 mph
top speed (CD Est): 120 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
Roadholding, 300-foot-diameter skidpad: 0.85 grams
1-feet rollout of standing-start accel bar 0.3 sec.
CD fuel economy
75-mph highway driving: 26 mpg
Highway Range: 370 miles
EPA Fuel Economy
Combined/City/Highway: 26/24/30 mpg
CD test explained
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