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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

$24,695 - $33,195
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Mitsubishi Outlander

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

by Roger Biermann

The current Mitsubishi Outlander was first introduced in 2014 and has seen regular updates to its exterior and technology features ever since, representing excellent value for money in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. As one of the only to offer a third row of seats, the Outlander is unique with seating for up to seven occupants. There are currently five trim options available in the range starting with the ES at an MSRP of $24,695 ranging to the GT at $33,195. The top of the range GT model is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic, with all-wheel-drive as standard, while the rest of the lineup gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes do with 166 hp and 162 lb-ft and finds itself mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard on the 2.4, with all-wheel drive optional. Several years into its lifespan, can the aging Outlander still rival the best of a new breed of crossover?

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Outlander?

Despite the Outlander receiving regular updates since 2014 when it was first introduced, Mitsubishi has still opted for a range of updates for 2019 to keep the model fresh. 18-inch alloy wheels have become standard across the range and the Outlander has also been given refreshed front-end styling.The Japanese carmaker has also upgraded the interior trim and improved the front seats to make them more supportive. Mechanical upgrades include revised suspension and steering, as well as improved ride quality. What's disappointing is that they no longer have the option of a spare tire and instead provide a tire repair kit.

Equipment levels have also been revised slightly on various trims, with the SE receiving soft-touch seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a rear USB port. The higher spec SEL and GT get premium leather seats.

Pros and Cons

  • Affordable price
  • Third-row of seats not common in mid-size crossovers
  • High equipment levels
  • Long warranty
  • Decent fuel economy on base 2.4 engine
  • Firm ride
  • Dated interior and exterior
  • Cramped third-row seating
  • Slow acceleration from the 2.4-liter engine
  • V6 only available on the GT trim

Outlander Exterior

The 2019 Outlander has revised the front-end styling, keeping it as aggressive as before, while still using an abundance of faux chrome, which is starting to look a bit tacky. Front and rear daytime lights are now standard across the range, as well as 18-inch wheels. All models also get a shark fin antenna and either accommodation for a roof rack or roof rails, with a sunroof available as an extra on some models only. Halogen headlights are standard on lower trims, while the GT gets standard LED items, available optionally on the SEL. Chrome beltline molding becomes standard on these trims as well.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Front Angle View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Side View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Side View
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Dimensions

All models in the Outlander range have the same dimensions with a length of 184.8 inches on a 105.1-inch wheelbase. The Outlander measures 67.3 inches tall, with the width being 71.3 inches. The curb weight varies between the different trims and drivetrain offerings, ranging between 3,229 lbs for ES 2WD and 3,604 lbs for the GT, standard as all-wheel-drive with a hefty V6 engine. The ground clearance is 8.5 inches across all of the models in the range. Compared to most of the rivals in its class like the Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4, the Outlander is longer and higher but is also narrower than all of the above-mentioned vehicles.

Exterior Colors

The Outlander is available in seven different colors including Pearl White, Rally Red, Labrador Black, Cosmic Blue, and Alloy Silver, all available across the range. Most hues are no-cost options, with the exception of Pearl White, which costs an extra $295. All the colors in the range carry over from the 2018 model with no changes, and while the costly Pearl White may seem enticing, we'd recommend Labrador Black, or to avoid the dirt showing, Quartz Brown or Mercury Grey.

  • Pearl White
  • Quartz Brown Metallic
  • Cosmic Blue Metallic
  • Rally Red Metallic
  • Mercury Gray Metallic
  • Alloy Silver Metallic
  • Labrador Black Metallic

Outlander Performance

All the trims in the Outlander range come with a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, except for the GT, which has a 3.0 liter V6 producing 224 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel-drive, making the top-of-the-line GT the most potent performer in the Outlander range. But this doesn't mean the Outlander GT is particularly sprightly. Despite power outputs stronger than many rivals, the 7.5-second 0-60 mph time is distinctly average, and turbocharged rivals like the Mazda CX-5 leave the Outlander for dead. The GT model has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, while all the other models in the lineup can only tow 1,500 lbs. Lower trims with the base engine also have the choice between front- and all-wheel drive, a common combination of drivetrain choices in this segment.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Rear Angle View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Rear Angle View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Wheel

Engine and Transmission

Outlander ES, SE, LE, and SEL models all come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with outputs of 166 hp and 162 lb-ft, mated to a CVT transmission. Front-wheel drive is the default, but all-wheel drive can be equipped optionally. The top of the range GT comes with a 3.0-liter V6 produces 224 hp and 215 lb-ft and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel-drive as standard.

It's a pity that the V6 is only offered on the GT model because it would have been a great alternative to the 2.4-liter on lower trims, as the base engine is underpowered and sluggish, taking a full two seconds longer than the V6 to reach the 60 mph mark. Even without a full load onboard, the 2.4-liter engine takes an eon to build up momentum, necessitating substantial forethought when executing an overtaking maneuver. The CVT also seems to be poorly tuned, sapping power and replacing it with noise once the engine reaches higher speeds. The V6 GT is a much better option and the six-speed transmission does a great job of delivering the power as it's required. Unfortunately, the price of the V6 is quite high and it also gives poor fuel economy figures, but when you're seating seven the extra grunt is well worth the compromised gas mileage.

  • Engines
    2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter V6 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

In the models with the 2.4-liter engine, the driving experience is severely compromised by the lack of power, particularly when fully loaded or equipped with all-wheel drive. But even on the V6-equipped GT, the driving experience is still lacking. Although Mitsubishi claims that it has improved the drive of the Outlander for 2019 with refined suspension and steering systems and increased levels of sound deadening, it still isn't impressive.

There is excessive body roll around corners, even at low speeds, which can be incredibly unnerving, owing largely to the Outlander's tall, narrow build in relation to rivals. The suspension absorbs smaller bumps well, but anything more substantial can be a very uncomfortable experience as the Outlander bounces along towards its destination without much semblance of control.

Also compromising the sense of control is poor steering, lacking in feel and feedback from the road surface, and when combined with the body roll, makes the Outlander feel as if it can lose grip at any moment. The brakes, however, do an adequate job of stopping the Outlander at slower speeds but take a lot of force to do the job at higher speeds. They also have a spongy feel, which takes some getting used to.

While there is a sport mode available, we suggest avoiding it - the Outlander is comprehensively outgunned on-road by more competent rivals in the form of the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V. Instead, all-wheel-drive equipped variants would be better suited to off-road excursions where the high ground clearance and all-wheel-drive system makes the Outlander one of the most competent mid-size crossovers off-road.

Outlander Gas Mileage

Since the ES, LE, SE, and SEL all share the same engine and transmission, their gas mileage estimates are very similar, but largely depend on whether they are equipped with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. On the front-wheel-drive iteration, the Outlander achieves figures of 25/30/27 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, while the all-wheel-drive version manages slightly reduced figures of 24/29/26 mpg, which are impressive figures for this class of SUV. The GT uses a larger V6 engine and is only available with all-wheel-drive, resulting in gas mileage of 20/27/22 mpg, which errs on the higher end of the segment.

FWD Outlanders have a 16.6-gallon fuel tank while AWD-equipped models receive a smaller 15.8-gallon tank. In mixed driving conditions, the 2.4-liter front-wheel-drive versions are able to achieve 448 miles range on a tank, while the AWD variants manage 410 miles. The GT's V6 only manages 347 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    16.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 25/30 mpg
* 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 ES FWD

Outlander Interior

The Outlander's interior is showing its age now with Mitsubishi's normal matte black and faux brushed aluminum beginning to look tacky in an era where soft-touch materials are all the rage. Compared to rivals, the Outlander feels more solid and durable, but the layout seems erratic as some buttons seem to have been placed randomly on the dash. Technology levels are impressive, with features like a rearview camera, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and more as standard features on all trim levels. Where the Outlander's interior scores strongly is its spaciousness for the front two rows of occupants, with a commanding driving position ideal for off-road excursions. Sadly, the third-row lacks the same generosity and isn't suited to adult occupants.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Dashboard
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Gear Shifter
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior Overview
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Seating and Interior Space

One of the major selling points of the Outlander is the fact that it has a third row of seats, making it a seven-seater in a class of five-seaters. However, the third row offers minimal space and can only be realistically used for children and teenagers. The front seats are power-adjustable in the SE model upwards, with heating as standard in all the trims. They are positioned high up and don't offer any lumbar support but are still reasonably comfortable, offering a spacious 40.6 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom. The second-row seats are fine for two adults to sit comfortably, with a third having to squeeze in snugly. With two adults, a center armrest with cupholders folds out to make things even more comfortable. Rear legroom is good at 37.3 inches, while the headroom of 38.4 inches should be ideal for people who aren't too tall.

  • Seating capacity
    7-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Interior finishes for the Outlander vary based on trim, but color choices are limited further based on chosen exterior paint. The ES and LE are only available in fabric, with black or beige, while the SE is only available in combination soft-touch seating, with cloth seats boasting leather inserts. SEL and GT spec Outlanders are only available with leather upholstery, but again only in black or beige. With the beige color option, the door panels and lower dash are color-keyed, while on the black trim, everything is black. The dashboard boasts a matte black finished hard plastic, with faux brushed aluminum accents around the vents and gloss black trim around the infotainment unit and on the steering.

Outlander Trunk and Cargo Space

Due to the third row of seats, the Outlander has a very minimal cargo space of just 10 cubic feet behind the rearmost seats, which is only enough for a couple of grocery bags. However, the third row of seats splits 50/50 and can fold completely flat to give the cargo area a volume of 34.2 cu-ft, which is slightly below the Toyota RAV4's minimum of 37.6 cu-ft and the Honda CR-V at 39.2 cu-ft. In addition to the third row of seats folding, the second row can also fold completely flat to open up a huge cargo space of 63.3 cubic feet which should be enough for most loads, especially as the Outlander's long body bodes well for loading of larger items.

Internal storage space for small items is impressive, too, with a glove box, center console box, as well as storage pockets with cupholders on all the doors. There are also cupholders in the front, as well as some for the rear passengers, and all storage cubbies are relatively well-sized.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Front View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Rear View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Front Angle View

Outlander Infotainment and Features

Features

Mitsubishi has loaded the Outlander with lots of up-to-date technology features in an effort to compete with more contemporary rivals. A backup camera, power windows, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity are just some of the standard features that are found on all the models. Optional extras take the options even further with FAST-key passive entry system with push-button start, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, as well as a remote power tailgate, and a power sunroof. Ultimately, though, these are all features on offer in segment peers, as are driver aids present on higher trims such as automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation - only available as options on SEL and GT trims, along with a multi-view camera.

Infotainment

The entry-level ES arrives standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, and AM/FM radio capability, paired with six speakers. All the models above the ES receive a seven-inch touchscreen, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities are added, as is SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility. Six speakers are standard on all but the GT trim, which receives a standard nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system - optional on the SEL. The Rockford Fosgate system features a 710-watt amplifier, and the speaker count includes dome tweeters and a ten-inch DVC subwoofer. While navigation isn't equipped, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enable navigation via smartphone.

Outlander Problems and Reliability

This iteration of the Outlander has been around since 2014 and Mitsubishi has fixed the problems that were encountered on earlier models. There have been some minor complaints about the current iteration, however, which appear to be isolated rather than repeated issues. But, the Outlander still receives below-average predicted reliability ratings of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power, compared to an industry average of three. There has been only one recall for the current year model Outlander, pertaining to the tire label displaying incorrect information about the required rim size.

Despite the poor predicted reliability ratings, Mitsubishi offers one of the longest powertrain warranties of any manufacturer at ten-years/100,000-miles. The basic warranty is ten-years/60,000-miles with the anti-corrosion warranty at seven-years/100,000-miles. They also offer roadside assist on all vehicles, but their dealer network is limited compared to more mainstream manufacturers.

Outlander Safety

The Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a full range of safety features that are expected from an SUV in this class. As such, the IIHS has rated the 2019 Outlander as one of their Top Safety Picks, but only with optional equipment reserved for the GT trim. The NHTSA has given it the best possible overall rating of five stars.

Key Safety Features

The Mitsubishi Outlander boasts an impressive list of standard safety features on all models. These include four-wheel ABS, brake assist, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and traction control. All Outlander models come with seven airbags, including two front-seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, two advanced dual-stage front airbags, and a driver's knee airbag. Blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the SE model, but standard on the SEL and GT trims. Other driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights are only available on the SEL and GT trim as optional extras.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander a good SUV?

The Outlander might not be the best SUV in its class, that honor is still shared by the CR-V and CX-5, however, it does do enough to cater to a very specific buyer. Considering its price, the Outlander is great value for money, especially when taking the third row of seating into consideration. While the 2.4-liter engine on base models might not have enough grunt for some, it provides great fuel economy and is bearable for city driving and getting the Outlander around despite the lack of refinement. Combined with Mitsubishi's long warranty, and the extensive list of technology features, the Mitsubishi has some redeeming attractions.

On the other hand, the disconnected steering feel and soft ride make the Outlander feel less precise than its competitors. For towing, or just having all seven seats full, the 2.4-liter engine is inadequate, leaving buyers to pursue the more costly V6, which brings fuel economy down drastically, but contrarily improves performance vastly. The third row also offers minimal space for adults.

Overall, all rivals in the Outlander's class have better engines, more modern styling, and wider availability of safety features on lower trims, which means if you don't explicitly need seating for seven or impressive off-road ability, you're really better off looking at other mid-size crossovers that do the job better.

What's the Price of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The cheapest model in the Outlander range is the ES front-wheel drive, which starts at an MSRP of $24,695. Above the ES are the SE front-wheel-drive at $25,695 and the LE front-wheel-drive at $26,895, while higher up the range is the SEL front-wheel-drive at $27,095. The ES, SE, LE, and SEL can all be upgraded to all-wheel drive at the extra cost of $2,000. The highest specification in the Outlander range is the GT, which comes standard with all-wheel-drive and starts at an MSRP price of $33,195. The prices of all the models are subject to additional tax, registration, and licensing fees, as well as a destination charge of $1,095.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Models

The Mitsubishi Outlander range comprises five different trims: ES, LE, SE, SEL, and GT. The GT comes with a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. All other models in the range come in either front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, and are powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine with a CVT transmission.

The ES is the entry-level model in the Outlander range. It has many standard features including, two USB ports, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats.

Next in line is the SE, which has the same features as the ES, but adds smartphone connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay by means of a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It also adds a heated steering wheel, FAST key entry, and push-button start.

The LE has the same features as the SE but adds blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. It also adds a power glass sunroof and a black headliner and pillars.

Going up from the LE to the SEL adds leather-appointed seating, power folding side mirrors and a remote tailgate. Optionally, a sunroof, LED headlights, and a 360-degree camera can be equipped.

The highest model in the Outlander range is the GT, which comes with a power glass sunroof, multi-view camera, super all-wheel control, and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, as well as standard all-wheel-drive and a more potent V6 engine.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
ES
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$24,695
SE
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$25,695
LE
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$26,895
SEL
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$27,095
GT
3.0-liter V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$33,195
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Additional Packages

There are a number of packages available to customize the Outlander depending on the trim chosen.

One of the more popular package options is the Entertainment Package for a sum of $1,695, which adds a rear seat DVD player, remote control and infrared wireless headphones. There's also the Towing Package at $495 which includes a tow hitch and wire harness, front and rear park assist sensors at $585, and the Exterior Package, incorporating front, side, and rear airdams. The GT gets the exclusive GT Touring Package, which adds forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams, all of which are also available on the SEL for $3,000. A Premium package on the SEL costs $2,000 and includes a power sunroof, Rockford Fosgate sound system, multi-view camera, LED headlights, and a heated steering wheel.

There are also standalone options available for the Outlander such as the rear spoiler for $310, remote start at $595, a hood protector for $115, and $190 for the tonneau cover.

What Mitsubishi Outlander Model Should I Buy?

The GT is the only model with the V6 engine so it's the best model to choose, especially if you plan on taking on a full contingent of the driver and six passengers. All the others come with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that's just too slow. Despite the poor fuel economy, the V6 has more than double the towing capacity of all the other models and will perform even when loaded. The GT being the premier model in the range also comes with a host of features that none of the other models have such as the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system and the availability of forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights.

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is always a strong contender in this segment and 2019 sees the introduction of an all-new model. All the new models in the range come with a 203-hp four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine is more powerful than the 166-hp engines in most of the Outlander models, and only 20 hp less than the V6 GT while delivering far better fuel economy. Being new to the market, the RAV4 is also much more modern looking, inside and out compared to the aging Outlander and has more cargo space. The only drawbacks to the RAV4 are that is doesn't have a third row of seats and that it is more expensive than the Outlander with a starting at $25,500 for the base model. While Toyota can't match the long warranty of the Mitsubishi, it prides itself on reliability, and the RAV4 is a solid competitor.

See Toyota RAV4 Review

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander vs Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is one of the leaders in this class, and for good reason. Even with the base 2.4-liter motor, the Honda CR-V is a solid performer, while the 190-hp 1.5T range-topper is a potent performer while still remaining highly efficient. The Honda is also more modern in nearly every aspect compared to the Outlander. It also has more cargo space and all models come with a spare tire, compared to the Outlander, which comes with a tire repair kit. While the Honda CR-V doesn't have a third row of seating, it has more passenger space for the five occupants, as well as a higher quality interior and greater availability of safety and driver assistance systems. The Honda CR-V is better in almost every aspect and starts at a lower base price of $24,350; it's the obvious choice for anyone who doesn't require a third row of seats.

See Honda CR-V Review

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