2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Buyer's Guide

In the last few years, Mitsubishi has endured ridicule directed at its underwhelming Mirage subcompact, comments that have unfortunately overshadowed its largest vehicle, the Outlander crossover.

We say unfortunate because while the Outlander hasn’t enjoyed a significant update in a number of years, it remains a nicely sorted vehicle that competes surprisingly well in a field of vehicles built around more modern mechanicals and underpinnings.

The only change for the Outlander for 2018 is the elimination of last year’s front-wheel drive base model. That means all three of the Outlander’s trims -- ES, SE and GT -- are now standard with Mitsubishi’s “All-Wheel Control” (AWC) all-wheel drive system. In ES and SE models, it can vary torque distribution between the front and rear axles, and GT trim gets a Super-AWC setup with a torque vectoring front differential that improves the Outlander’s handling.

As before, the ES uses a 2.4L four-cylinder engine making 166 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, while SE and GT trims trade that for a 3.0L V6 capable of 224 hp and 215 lb-ft. Both come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

While Outlander’s smaller engine compares well performance-wise with many of its competitors, its optional V6 is an anachronism in a class that has largely moved on to turbocharged four-cylinders for uplevel models conceived to appeal to drivers who prefer more power.

The Outlander stands out more for optional third-row seating that expands its passenger capacity to seven, something few other compact crossovers offer. The Nissan Rogue, Dodge Journey and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are among the few that do.

GT models get standard active safety features including lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert.

But Mitsubishi’s largest vehicle can boast fuel consumption no better than mid-pack in this competitive class, with estimates of 9.9/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) for four-cylinder models and 12.0/8.8 for the SE and GT’s V6.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $28,998 MSRP
9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
166 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
ES AWC $28,998 5 SUV
ES AWC 166 hp @6000 rpm 162 ft-lb @4200 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
ES AWC 184.8" 71.3" 67.3" 105.1"
ES AWC
ES AWC N/A
ES AWC
ES AWC
ES Touring AWC $30,698 7 SUV
ES Touring AWC 166 hp @6000 rpm 162 ft-lb @4200 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
ES Touring AWC 184.8" 71.3" 67.3" 105.1"
ES Touring AWC
ES Touring AWC N/A
ES Touring AWC
ES Touring AWC
SE AWC $32,298 7 SUV
SE AWC 224 hp @6250 rpm 215 ft-lb @3750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
SE AWC 184.8" 71.3" 67.3" 105.1"
SE AWC
SE AWC Cloth Seats
SE AWC
SE AWC
SE Anniversary Edition AWC $34,998 7 SUV
SE Anniversary Edition AWC 224 hp @6250 rpm 215 ft-lb @3750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
SE Anniversary Edition AWC 184.8" 71.3" 67.3" 105.1"
SE Anniversary Edition AWC
SE Anniversary Edition AWC Leather Seats
SE Anniversary Edition AWC
SE Anniversary Edition AWC
GT S-AWC $37,998 7 SUV
GT S-AWC 224 hp @6250 rpm 215 ft-lb @3750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Four Wheel Drive
GT S-AWC 184.8" 71.3" 67.3" 105.1"
GT S-AWC
GT S-AWC Leather Seats
GT S-AWC
GT S-AWC

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Mitsubishi / Outlander

Average Rating

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Trim: XLS
by Ravinder on 10-15-2012
High performance Mid Size SUV
Agile handling, sporty styling, useful rear tailgate/liftgate design, top safety scores, wide range of features, lengthy warranty.The thing i like most is Multi communication system which include Backup Camera, Navigation and you can control most of the feature with that touch screen. Mileage wise and performance wise it is really good . Other thing I checked about this vechile is that In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset and side impact crash testing, the Outlander earned the top rating of "Good." In government crash tests, the Outlander earned an equally impressive five-star rating for front and side impact protection
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

by Monica on 10-12-2012
2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
This car drives nicely and is good on gas. But it is not roomy, it seats 5 people but not confortably.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
2/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
3/5
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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Trim: ES
by JTFJTF on 10-11-2012
Relaible and handy
I have owned this car for 2 years and it is very reliable. I can haul the family with two little kids with ease, or cram in dressers and other large cargo in the back with the handy collapsible rear seats and the tailgate on the back is a great bonus.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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