Jul 15, 2013
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $32,720: 2.4-Liter SOHC 16-valve I4 MIVEC, CVT automatic, SE Touring Package
Likes

I never hopped on the Mitsubishi bandwagon (except for Starions for a brief time), but this SE version of the latest crossover raised an eyebrow, mostly due to the well-excecuted styling. Driver’s aids and advanced safety features are finding their way more and more onto entry-level vehicles. This model was equipped with Lane Detection Warning, Active Stability Control, Traction Control Logic, Hill Start Assist, a plethora of airbags (including one at the driver’s knee), Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation and more. This Outlander comes with their Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) 4WD system. With its size, it’s easy to manuever around town, with plenty of room for hauling the typical items to check off honey-do lists.

Dislikes

The only real dislikes are the tombstone-like rear seat headrests, which are easily removed to allow improved rear views. In addition, the brakes didn’t feel as firm as I’d like under hard braking conditions, but I never did brake extreme enough to feel the anti-lock brakes kick in. With only 166 horsepower in a 3,600-lbs vehicle, I’d prefer a few more ponies and a little more torque, but that’s always the case for me.

Verdict

A host of options make this a run-about-town vehicle worth looking at. Although it’s not the low price leader, it is priced well within its segment, once you compare the features availabe. You might just want to grab a seat on the Mitsubishi bandwagon.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.5 rating
Overall Experience
2.5 rating
Stats
Horsepower 166 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 162 @ 4200 rpm
EPA Mileage 24/29

For more about this car, please visit the manufacturer's website.