Affordable three-row pricing. Unlike a lot of other compact crossovers, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander offers seating for up to seven. Not only is its three-row configuration unique, the Outlander also undercuts a lot of the competition with its $26,035 starting price.

Unfortunately, the third row is best suited for children, as the majority of adults will find it tight. The other two rows offer spacious accommodations, especially the second row, which can slide fore and aft.

Cargo capacity for the Outlander falls behind for the segment. With the third row in place, it has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the second row, there’s 34.2 cubic feet of space, while it has a total of 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Honda CR-V can hold 75.8 cubic feet of cargo, while the Toyota RAV4 has a total of 73.4 cubic feet of space.

Ho-hum performance, decent fuel economy. There are two available engines for the Outlander. The base engine is 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces a modest 166 horsepower. The lackluster engine doesn’t make enough power to get the Outlander down the road quickly.

Range-topping GT models come with a 3.0-liter V6 that’s rated at 224 horsepower. The V6 is a much better engine, as it actually produces a usable amount of power, but it isn’t as smooth as the six-cylinder engines in some of its competitors.

Fuel economy for the Outlander is decent for the class. It's rated at an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 combined. The V6 is rated at 20/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Mitsubishi Outlander

Features galore. Despite being an affordable compact crossover, the Outlander is packed with all sorts of features. The entry-level trim comes with heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and heated front seats. Higher trims come with a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.

Advanced driver assist safety features are also available. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams are all available.

Conventional on the outside, dreary on the inside. On the outside, the Outlander wears Mitsubishi’s large chrome grille, which is its standout feature. The rest of the vehicle is much more conventional.

Underneath the exterior, the Outlander’s cabin has a dated design with lackluster materials. Material quality doesn’t match what competitors offer, as the Outlander feels like an affordable vehicle on the inside, even on higher trims.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander excels as an affordable compact luxury with three rows. Take those two things out of the equation, and rival options are much better.

Both the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are better options. They get better fuel economy, have more powerful base engines, offer more spacious cabins, and come with more upscale materials. They’re both a lot newer than the Outlander, too.

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