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Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - February 7, 2018

Expert Rating

3.1 (Good)
MPG
24 City / 29 Highway

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander OVERVIEW

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.

ES

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.

SE

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.

SEL

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.

GT

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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