Mitsubishi’s entry in the crowded compact crossover field, the Outlander enters its third generation with fresh aerodynamic styling and improved fuel efficiency. It remains one of the few vehicles in its class to offer seven-passenger seating.
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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview
What's New for 2014
This year’s slicker styling and engineering tweaks boost efficiency by 2 mpg across the board. The restyled interior carries a third-row seat as standard. New options include adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation and lane-departure warning.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Outlander
The revamped Outlander can be easy to miss in this ultra-competitive class because its main virtues are inside: seven-passenger seating and a wealth of available technology.
The Outlander starts out with 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 166 horsepower. Buyers seeking swifter performance can opt for a 3-liter V6 rated at 224 horsepower. Both engines are matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The available all-wheel drive system makes the Outlander an all-weather vehicle.
Your Outlander’s drivetrain configuration will depend on the trim level:
Any Outlander can get the Touring’s navigation system as a stand-alone option. Other single features include rear parking sensors, remote start and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Outlander can get expensive as you work your way up the trim levels and add options—a thoughtfully optioned SE with front-wheel drive should strike the right balance for most families.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Review
Pricing and Equipment
Our top-of-the-line Mitsubishi Outlander GT (MSRP $27,795) came with an array of standard features like automatic HID headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, hill start assist and a rearview camera
The only option on our Cool Silver Metallic test car was an expensive Touring Package ($6,100) that included:
- Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Leather upholstery
- Premium stereo system
- Power driver's seat
- Power liftgate
Including destination, our Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC retailed for $34,720.
(Pricing for the entry-level Outlander ES, with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, begins at $22,995.)
- The V6 engine is an increasingly rare option in the compact class, and the Outlander's delivers a relaxed 224 horsepower without the buzziness of turbochargers. It isn't a fast car, but there's plenty of torque and the Outlander moves with authority in most situations.
- Mitsubishi engineers dialed in soft settings for the suspension and steering— this priority on comfort has a pleasing Buick-like quality that will likely please its target audience.
- That soft tuning also makes the Outlander feel like a more substantial vehicle than it is—in a good way. It drives solidly, like a vehicle with larger exterior dimensions.
- Because of its soft suspension and steering settings, the Outlander resists quick turns and spirited driving styles.
- Don't expect to achieve the EPA city rating of 20 mpg if you aren't gentle with the gas pedal. We saw mileage in the mid-teens.
- Although not at the quality level of a Lexus, the leather upholstery and wood trim gave our test car an upscale feel.
- The third row is cramped, admittedly, and we didn't even try to get back there. But it's a third row that many competitors simply don't have. If you want the convenience of transporting your children and their friends in a single trip, those two extra seats may be a logistical godsend.
- With its extra length, and two rows of split folding seats, the Outlander has plenty of versatile cargo space.
- Outward visibility is excellent.
- The seats are flat and left some of us sore after only a few hours of driving.
- The navigation system seemed more like an aftermarket unit than original manufacturer equipment.
- One tester thought the reach for the low-mounted gearshift felt less premium than expected at this price point.
Most Pleasant Surprise
Least Pleasant Surprise
- Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver when the Outlander drifts out of its lane.
- Forward Collision Mitigation sounds the alarm when braking will avoid imminent impact with other vehicles or objects.
Unfortunately, the settings were far too sensitive for a city like Los Angeles with lots of traffic and roads in various stages of disrepair or construction. The 405 freeway and Sunset Boulevard sent both systems—erroneously—into a state of near-constant alarm.
The Bottom Line
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