The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is a three-row compact crossover that offers seating for up to seven passengers. Completely redesigned for the new model year, today’s fourth-generation Outlander is fitted with a standard four-cylinder engine and a front- or all-wheel drive powertrain. The 2022 Outlander, which offers more technology and connectivity than any other previous Mitsubishi model, was crafted under Mitsubishi’s distinctive “I-Fu-Do-Do” design language – this translates to “authentic and majestic” in Japanese. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, which is the company’s flagship offering, starts at just under $26,000.
The Outlander is built on a new shared global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi platform, but its styling is exceptionally unique. Mitsubishi says the exterior design “expresses a powerful and dependable presence,” which projects functionality, high performance, and the brand’s proven SUV heritage.
Most controversial is the Outlander’s front grille, which the company calls its Dynamic Shield. The angular surfacing features stacked headlights pushed to the outside, to emphasize the wide body, with daytime running lights set on top. Fog lights are positioned at the bottom of the stack. In a trend that has become commonplace, individual block letters spell “OUTLANDER” on the leading edge of the hood, set just above the company’s three-diamond logo in chrome.
The sides of the Outlander feature horizontal-themed styling elements that include a “jet tail fin” D-pillar. There are subtle flares over each wheel well, to emphasize strength, and available 20-inch alloy wheels to cleanly fill the voids.
At the rear, Mitsubishi uses a “Hexaguard Horizon” tailgate design – the rear hatch is stamped with a sharp hexagon motif. The automaker says the styling suggests stability, strength, and high levels of off-road capability. There are no visible exhaust exits at the rear, although darkened plastic parallelograms at the lower corners of the bumper hint at that purpose.
The interior of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is two inches wider than its predecessor, there is more space between the seats (thanks to a lengthened wheelbase), and the overall design and execution has been greatly improved. In fact, we’d call it nothing short of impressive for a vehicle at this price point – the crossover boasts materials, features, and innovation that rivals vehicles many times more expensive.
Driver and front passenger face a dashboard that is modern, uncluttered, and ergonomically correct – the large infotainment display, with dials for volume and tuning – sits prominently at the top of the dash. The HVAC controls, again with simple-to-use dials, may be operated without glancing down. The center console houses the transmission lever, driving mode dial, and electronic parking brake. A couple of cup holders are located just in front of the armrest/storage console. As expected, there are multiple USB ports for charging devices.
Premium models (SE with Technology Package and above) boast a 12.3-inch full color LCD instrument display, which is configurable. (A 7-inch multi-information display with analog dials is standard.) Also available is a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen (an 8-inch display is standard) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. For those seeking even more technology, Mitsubishi offers a 10.8-inch full color head-up display (SEL with Touring Package). Audiophiles will want to check the box for the available 10-speak BOSE audio system.
Seating surfaces range from fabric (ES trim), to suede (SE trim), to leather (SEL trim), to premium semi-aniline leather (SEL Touring trim) – the leather is luxuriously quilted in the high-level trims. Fabric seats are complemented by piano black trim, while leather upholstery is contrasted by genuine aluminum. The look and appearance of the interior of the all-new 2022 Outlander is distinctively upscale.
Front seat passengers will find the Outlander comfortable and spacious (drivers enjoy a standard 8-way power seat). The second row is also accommodating, but passengers over six-foot two-inches tall may find legroom and headroom getting tight. The third row, which is a unique bonus in this compact segment, is best left for small children on short trips (it’s a tight fit). On that note, seating is highly configurable – the second row of seating splits 40:20:40 and the third row of seats splits 50:50 to allow creative seating to maximize utility.
Mitsubishi fits all Outlanders with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (181 hp / 181 lb-ft of torque) that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). As CVT gearboxes are seamless as speeds increase, the company’s engineers have artificially incorporated eight “steps” (to simulate a traditional “8-speed” gearbox) into the software to provide a sporty drive feeling.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but the automaker offers motorsport-derived Super All-Wheel control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive as an option on all models. This six-mode system (Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, and Mud) allows the driver to optimize and tune the vehicles powertrain to the driving condition with the simple twist of the console dial.
Fuel economy varies from 24 mpg in the city to 31 mpg on the highway, depending on powertrain, on standard unleaded fuel.
The all-new Outlander drives significantly better than its predecessor thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi platform. This new chassis, reportedly 33 percent stiffer than last year’s model, is a more robust platform for the crossover’s independent suspension – now incorporating aluminum components, which is a first for Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi’s new four-cylinder engine is smooth and relatively quiet under acceleration. While the Outlander won’t be winning impromptu stop light races with 181 horsepower (we estimate the curb weight of our SEL model at nearly 3,800 pounds), it zips around town and merges into traffic comfortably. Most important is that there is no characteristic (annoying) drone from the CVT – it appears that the company’s engineers have done an excellent job with transmission tuning and cabin acoustic damping.
The ride is quiet and comfortable. In addition to adding bushings in the undercarriage cross members to reduce shaking, Mitsubishi went to great lengths to suppress unwanted vibrations that naturally travel through the steering wheel – their efforts paid off.
Dynamically, the Mitsubishi Outlander mirrors those in the top of its compact crossover segment. Handling is stable and predictable – covering hundreds of miles each day behind the wheel would be effortless – and brake feel is solid and confidence inspiring, thanks in part to front rotors that have grown two inches (from 11.7” to 13.8” in diameter).
- Outlander ES (starts just under $26,000) – This is the entry-level front-wheel drive Outlander
- Outlander ES with ES Convenience Package (starts about $27,000) – Adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Mitsubishi Connect with Safeguard and Remote Services, and more
- Outlander SE (starts about $29,000) – Adds leather-wrapped steering wheel, multi-view camera, MiPilot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, 9-inch infotainment screen, and more
- Outlander SE Launch Edition (starts about $31,000) – Adds BOSE premium sound, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, Amazon Echo Auto, and more
- Outlander SE with Tech Package (starts about $31,500) – Adds 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, BOSE premium sound, panoramic sunroof, and more
- Outlander SEL (starts about $32,000) – Adds leather appointed seating, heated rear seats, 3-zone climate control, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and more
- Outlander SEL S-AWC Launch Edition (starts about $36,500) – Adds heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather, 10.8-inch head-up display, Amazon Echo Auto, and more
- Outlander SEL with Touring Package (starts about $35,000) – Adds heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather, 10.8-inch head-up display, BOSE premium sound, and more
If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander on Mitsubishi’s official web site.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is loaded with features that surprised us, but the 12.3-inch full-color LCD Digital Driver Display topped our list. Available on premium trims, the multi-configurable displace is crystal clear and easy to read, plus it allows customization so the driver may display pertinent information (e.g., gear position and fuel consumption) to be combined on one screen. We also liked how the digital display could be toggled between a traditional simulated analog display and an enhanced display with dimensional bar graphs.
Our choice is the Outlander SEL (starting about $32,000). This model is fitted with leather upholstery, key-linked driver-seat memory, 4-way power-operated passenger seat, roof rails, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, and the 12.3-inch Digital Driver Display. While the front-wheel drive model would be more than sufficient in warm climates, we’d opt for the S-AWC (all-wheel drive) variant, which is priced just under $34,000 – it makes the crossover a very capable four-season vehicle for an adventurous family.
Mitsubishi offers a comprehensive list of safety equipment on its all-new 2022 Outlander. These include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and Lane Change Assist (LCA).
Driver Attention Alert (DAA) monitors the driver’s concentration. If the system determines that the driver may be sleepy, the display will advise the driver to take a break. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) uses millimeter-wave radar to check for vehicles in the rear quarters of the Outlander when it is backing up – if a potential obstruction is spotted, a warning buzzer and door mirror indicators alarm to alert the driver.
While the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander meets all of the stringent crash test requirements of the DOT, the NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the crossover at this time.
The all-new Outlander is targeting young families who are seeking a compact crossover loaded with premium features and a long-lasting warranty at a value price – the Outlander represents a smart purchase for discerning buyers.
Even in base trim, the Outlander is configured with a long list of standard accessories and safety equipment. Moving up the trim level ladder adds considerably more technology and luxury at minimal additional cost to the consumer. Add in the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and 5-years/unlimited miles roadside assistance, and the Outlander also represents peace of mind.
Mitsubishi has exploited – in a very respectable way – its partnership in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Thanks to platform and resource sharing, the all-new 2022 Outlander is substantially improved over its predecessor in nearly every measurable way. The vehicle is roomier, safer, and more enjoyable to drive while its passenger cabin is more comfortable, better appointed, and more luxurious. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is no longer just another vehicle in the compact crossover segment – it’s now a viable contender.
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