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#23

in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $22,995 - $27,795
Invoice: $22,024 - $26,621
MPG: 25 City / 31 Hwy
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Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander ranks 23 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is ranked:

While the fully redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander offers three rows of seats at a low price, critics say it falls short of rivals with a low-buck interior, sluggish engine and unrefined transmission.

The 2014 Outlander comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that test drivers say could use more power. This engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission that is criticized for making the Outlander's acceleration feel sluggish, as well as producing an unpleasant droning noise during acceleration. A V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission come in the top GT trim, and while reviewers agree that this powertrain feels stronger, some note that it still isn't as strong or refined as rivals' powertrains. With the base engine, the Outlander gets up to an EPA-estimated 25/31 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a three-row midsize SUV. Reviewers report that the Outlander's ride is fairly comfortable, and some say its handling is fairly sporty as well. However, others think the Outlander doesn't feel as nimble as its rivals. Test drivers agree the Outlander's brakes have adequate stopping power, but say the steering feels light, which they like for driving through parking lots, but not for driving on the highway.

While some reviewers write that the Mitsubishi Outlander's interior features more pleasing and high-quality materials than last year's model, others say the interior panels aren't as high-quality as what most rivals offer. The seven-seat Outlander has far less cargo space than most other three-row midsize SUVs, and even less than some two-row compact crossovers. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. Options include a backup camera and 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Mitsubishi's Fuse hands-free Link System with a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation with a 7-inch touch-screen display, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Reviewers like the Rockford Fosgate system, but complain that it is difficult to program the navigation system.

  • "But if you find yourself in need of the occasional ability to haul seven passengers and you don't want to spend $40k for a well-equipped SUV, there's a lot to like in the 2014 Outlander. Wise shoppers open to nontraditional vehicle brands will at least investigate, and we suspect many of them will be impressed." -- AutoWeek
  • "There's nothing overtly wrong with the Outlander GT, but neither is there anything overtly right. Its competitors now deliver more soul-stirring and engaging dynamics, better interior quality, and more refined manners, leaving the Mitsubishi a step behind." -- Car and Driver
  • "In spite of the significant improvements it has received this year, the Outlander will probably never be the obvious choice in a class that's loaded with qualified candidates. Mitsubishi's compact crossover is a solid entry, but it's not easy to bet on a lesser-known nameplate when there's money on the line." -- Edmunds
  • "Having spent some time behind the wheel of the vehicle itself, we find ourselves similarly lukewarm. Again, there's nothing inherently bad or deficient about the 2014 Outlander, but neither is there anything especially remarkable about it that makes it a potential game-changer." -- Truck Trend

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Hyundai Santa Fe is well-liked by reviewers for its upscale interior, spacious seating and strong V6 engine. The Santa Fe also comes with more standard features than the Outlander.

If you don’t need the Outlander’s third row of seats, reviewers say the Ford Escape has a refined ride and delivers sporty, car-like handling. Reviewers also praise the Escape for its high-quality interior materials and spacious back seat.

Compare the Outlander, Santa Fe and Escape »

Details: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander seats seven. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Outlander comes in four trims. ES, SE and SE S-AWC trims come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. The GT S-AWC trim has a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Outlander is fully redesigned for the 2014 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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