Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

Pros: Peppy acceleration with V6 engine; versatile all-wheel-system; some rare-for-the-class features

Cons: Weak acceleration with 4-cylinder engine; third-row seat is cramped and uncomfortable for most adults; overly sensitive lane-departure warning system

CG Says: The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander now has standard forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams headlights on all models except the base ES. Also on all models, except the base ES, is a new infotainment system with an 8-screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality. Plus, there is an improved all-wheel-drive system. Outlander is a compact crossover SUV with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers in conventional gas models.  The PHEV hybrid deletes the third-row seat. The base powertrain is a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT transmission. GT has a 224-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. All other conventional gas models offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The PHEV plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with twin electric motors for a combined 197 hp. The PHEV is capable of up to 22 miles on electric power only. All PHEVs are all-wheel drive. Multi-view rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, keyless access and starting, and LED headlights are among the other available features. Though its overall refinement doesn’t match some class competitors, the Outlander is nevertheless a worthwhile entry in the compact SUV segment. The GT, with its standard V6 power and exceptional handling, is surprisingly fun to drive. Outlander should appeal to two types of shoppers: those who want a sporty SUV at a reasonable price and those who covet 3-row seating but don’t want to drive a larger vehicle.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices ES 2.4: $26,090
AWD ES 2.4: $28,090
SE 2.4: $27,290
AWD SE 2.4: $29,290
LE 2.4: $28,490
AWD LE 2.4: $30,490
SEL 2.4: $28,690
AWD SEL 2.4: $30,690
SP: $29,690
AWD SP: $31,690
AWD GT 3.0: $34,940
AWD PHEV SEL S-AWC: $37,490
AWD PHEV GT S-AWC: $42,890

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (ES 2.4, SE 2.4, LE 2.4, SEL 2.4)
Horsepower
166
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
3.0-liter V6 (GT 3.0)
Horsepower
224
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine/electric motor (PHEV SEL, PHEV GT)
Horsepower
197
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
25
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
74