An all-new Outlander bows for 2014 to shore up Mitsubishi's share of the compact crossover market. The most dramatic change comes in the styling department, where its angular jowl and creased sheet metal have been smoothed out for a more mainstream, mature appearance.
Hipsters expecting an update of the outgoing model's punky looks will be disappointed as the Outlander is now perfectly suited for suburban driveways. Although it carries on with less attitude, there's no denying it looks like a more expensive car.
As before, the Outlander seats seven passengers, a rarity in this class. The third-row pop-up bench has been replaced by legitimate split-folding seats with proper cushioning. Since the Outlander is still a compact, there's just 10.3 cubic-feet of cargo space with seven bodies aboard. When configured for five, the interior can take up to 34.2 cubic feet of cargo, or 63.3 with both rows folded. A new single-piece liftgate is used instead of the previous clamshell setup for easier access to the load floor. Even with these enhancements, the Outlander is 200 pounds lighter than last year.
The base ES and mid-range SE models carry a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower. Coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engine delivers up to 31 mpg on the highway, well above average for this class. According to Mitsubishi, for 2015 there will be a plug-in hybrid model capable of traveling more than 30 miles on electric power alone.
The line-topping Outlander GT is powered by a 3-liter V6 with 224 horsepower, matched to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 returns a commendable 28 mpg on the highway, although output is tame compared to the optional engines of its competitors. The GT comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is optional on the SE.
Both the SE and GT can be equipped the Premium Package, which adds amenities such as a sunroof, leather seats, a power liftgate, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system. All of these features can be had in the available Touring Package, which also offers advanced safety technology like active collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. With features like that, the new Outlander offers a level of sophistication unheard of in previous editions.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$16,990 | 15,392 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,000 | 6,935 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,249 | 37,805 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$19,990 | 11,776 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander$22,295 | 15,088 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,492 | 16,717 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$17,990 | 43,443 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$18,800 | 14,287 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$19,795 | 24,516 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander$20,000 | 13,589 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$10,700 | 78,339 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$13,495 | 24,986 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$15,000 | 75,954 mi
2011 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER$16,997 | 29,889 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$17,000 | 31,765 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander$20,829 | 53,405 mi
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander$19,994 | 54,468 mi
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander$14,900 | 85,861 mi
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander$8,990 | 75,655 mi
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander$9,250 | 91,500 mi
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander$11,300 | 88,230 mi
2006 Mitsubishi Outlander$6,995 | 109,791 mi