First introduced in 2003, the Mitsubishi Outlander joined the trend of compact, car-based SUVs like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Escape. Although the first-generation model enjoyed mild success, it wasn't competitive on features or interior space.
Mitsubishi remedied those problems with a larger second-generation Outlander that boasted available options and features to rival the best its class has to offer. It might not offer the smoothest driving experience, but the Outlander has worked hard to become a solid choice for the discerning buyer. Despite this, though, it remains something of a dark horse in the small-sized SUV market.