in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $22,345 - $27,895
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Review Last Updated: 9/16/14

Although critics said the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander has fairly nimble handling and communicative steering, it is held back by its limited cargo capacity and cheap interior materials.

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With its standard four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), reviewers said the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander has tepid acceleration, though models with an available V6 and six-speed automatic transmission provide plenty of passing power. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The four-cylinder 2012 Outlander earns up to an EPA-estimated 23/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. V6 models earn a good rating of 19/26 mpg. Test drivers said that the Outlander rides firmly, but most said it’s still comfortable and absorbs most bumps. Many reviewers praised the Outlander's poised handling and its steering, saying it provides lots of feedback and is well-weighted.

Test drivers wrote that the 2012 Outlander has a bland cabin design and an interior that is built with lots of hard, low-quality plastics. Reviewers found the front and middle seats agreeable, but most wrote that the available third-row seat is laughably small, even for kids. The 2012 Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input. Available features include a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation and a rearview camera. The Outlander offers a maximum of 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than what most three-row midsize SUVs offer, but also more space than you’ll find in many two-row midsize SUVs.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the three-row 2012 Toyota Highlander has one of the most comfortable rides in the class. With its four-cylinder engine, the Highlander also returns good fuel economy, and it offers more overall cargo space than the Outlander.

An available EcoBoost engine gives the two-row 2012 Ford Edge great fuel economy for the class, and reviewers said it has ample power. Test drivers also appreciated the Edge’s compliant ride and attractive interior.

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