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2018 ES 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,945
2018 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,945
2018 ES 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $25,445
2018 LE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,145
2018 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,145
2018 SE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $26,945
2018 LE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $28,145
2018 SEL 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $28,145
2018 GT 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $32,245
2018 PHEV SEL 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $34,595
2018 PHEV GT 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $40,295


The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is an aging entry in the competitive arena of affordable crossovers. A 2018 refresh brings some much-needed technology and safety updates while keeping the Outlander at a very competitive price point. It’s not for everyone, but Mitsubishi's largest crossover is still a decent bargain.

What's New for 2018

A new seven-inch infotainment screen is the main interior upgrade, but there’s also some new ornamental stitching. All other changes are in the available options, as the upper trim levels gain access to more luxury features. Safety gets a boost as well, with new options like collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and automatic high beams.

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Choosing Your Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi has made an effort to make the Outlander more appealing to a wide range of buyers, and the feature set reflect that effort. All models come standard with a rearview camera, the new touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and the option for all-wheel drive (standard on the GT trim). The Outlander remains one of very few budget crossovers to seat seven, though the third-row seats are cramped.

Two engines power the Outlander lineup. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder unit producing 166 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, which is always paired with a CVT. According to the EPA this engine gets up to 25 mpg city, 30 highway, and 27 combined, which is neither the best nor the worst among similar crossovers. All-wheel drive drops fuel economy to 24/29/26 mpg. The premium GT trim (with standard AWD) gets the more powerful 3.0-liter V6, which routes 224 hp through a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 20/27/23 mpg.

If you're worried about mileage, Mitsubishi also makes a plug-in hybrid version in the Outlander PHEV. The PHEV comes in SEL or GT trim and is almost identical to the regular Outlander, other than its powertrain. That powertrain is a hybrid-electric unit producing an estimated 195 hp from a 2.0-liter gas engine and two 60-kW electric motors. Power runs through a single-speed automatic, and the PHEV is capable of traveling 22 miles in electric-only mode. EPA estimates a combined fuel economy of around 74 mpg.

There are four trim levels to choose from: ES, SE, SEL, and GT.

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Destination fees for Mitsubishi vary by region, but assuming the minimum of $940, a base-spec Outlander ES will set you back $24,885 in front-wheel drive guise. All-wheel drive is an option for an addition $1,500. Other than minor accessories, the main optional extras to consider are a remote start system ($545), front and rear parking assist sensors ($560), interior LED lighting ($360), and a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,695). This is truly a basic trim: the seats are fabric, the steering wheel is wrapped in urethane, and there are no voice controls.

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At $25,585, the SE trim adds significant value for exactly $1,000 more than the ES. Standard features include heated front seats, a leather steering wheel, extra USB ports, and a push-button start system. In the dashboard, the ES adds voice control, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a three-month XM radio subscription. Most packages and options are the same as on the ES trim, with a few extra options like chrome door-handle covers or an aluminum and leather shift knob. The other notable addition is a powered glass sunroof, an option for an additional $600.

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The $27,085 Outlander SEL adds significant safety features and a few interior upgrades. The SEL comes standard with blind-spot warnings, rear traffic alerts, and lane change assist. Leather seats and a remote liftgate are also standard, along with a few cosmetic tweaks like chrome accents and silver roof rails.

The SEL trim also opens up two more luxury packages. The Premium Package adds the sunroof, a Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker sound system, multi-view parking cameras, LED headlights, and a heated steering wheel, all for $2,000. The SEL Touring Package ($3,000) adds all of the above plus a few more safety features: collision detection, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

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Most of what your $33,185 gets you on the Outlander GT is the upgraded, more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive. Many of the premium features are standard as well, including the camera system, premium sound system, sunroof, LED headlights, and the basic safety technology. The premium safety features of the Touring Package are still available as an add-on at a price of $1,000.

CarsDirect Tip

The competition for crossovers is stiff, and there are more polished cars on the market (Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, for example). There are two main reasons to look at the Outlander: standard 7-passenger seating, and the price. To take full advantage of both, keep prices as low as you can—the SE trim is our pick.

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A generous helping of standard equipment along with an upgraded infotainment system on base models in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander are offset by a sketchy design, over-burdened powertrain, and a third row suitable only for small children.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander begins at $25,075 for a front-wheel-drive ES and can easily top $37,000 for an all-wheel-drive model in GT trim. Most Outlanders are equipped with a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Select the GT trim and you'll find a 224-hp 3.0-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic under the hood.

Even in base trim, the Outlander comes well equipped with the typical power features as well as a new seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, LED positioning lights, rain-sensing and speed-sensitive windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, a keyless ignition with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a rearview camera.

But as prices rise, the Outlander's value proposition drops. Consider this: the most advanced safety features can only be accessed by choosing the SEL model then opting for the $3,000 Touring Package. We feel the biggest bang for your buck means skipping over the base model to the SE, which adds a leather-wrapped shift knob, heated front seats, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SE
  • Engine: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 166 hp / 162 lb-ft
  • Transmission:CVT automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 24 City / 29 Hwy
  • Options: Sunroof Package ($600)
  • Base Price:$28,075 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$28,675


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The Outlander features a CVT automatic that offers spirited off-the-line performance, and steering that's sharp and responsive. At the same time, and unlike some competitors, both all-wheel-drive systems – especially the Super All-Wheel Control system found on SE and above models – offer competent off-road performance.

But that's pretty much where the goodness stops, as neither engine powers the Outlander with much authority. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder, hampered by a raucous CVT that's programmed for city driving, labors in merging and passing at highway speeds. For its part, the 3.0-liter V6 doesn't reach max torque until high in the rev range and requires premium fuel, to boot. Driving the last nail in the performance coffin is a miniscule towing capability of just 1,500 pounds.


An innocuous exterior that's neither bold nor offensive is wrapped around a cabin that feels large for its size that's capable of transporting five adults in comfort. A 2016 refresh brought with it higher-quality fabrics and hard trim, more supportive seats, and additional sound-deadening materials. Cargo room behind the comfortable second row is a decent 34.2 cubic feet, and expands to 63.3 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded flat.

At the same time, storage behind the third row is a paltry 10.3 cubic feet, making the "way back" suitable for small children only. Even given that, access to it is limited and, like most vehicles in this class, reaching it requires the grace and pliability of an Olympic gymnast.

The Best and Worst Things

The Outlander's otherwise solid feature set is overshadowed by the expense required to add advanced safety features.

Right For? Wrong For?

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A long list of standard features should strengthen the Outlander's appeal to value-oriented buyers.

The lack of advanced active safety features available across the lineup will have safety-conscious buyers looking elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

Despite a strong catalog of standard features and a roomy-feeling interior, a pair of lackluster powertrains, a cramped third row, and expensive safety features place the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander near the bottom of its class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 166 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 30 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 166 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 30 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
128 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.8 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
67.3 "
Front Headroom
40.6 "
Rear Headroom
38.4 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
37.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,351 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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