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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander finishes near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. Almost every rival provides better performance, more interior quality, and a higher predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable for a 3-row SUV
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Firm ride
  • Dull base engine
  • Dated interior materials
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander ranked #14 in Compact SUVs. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 6.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 5.6
Performance: 5.6
Interior: 5.8
Safety: 9.0
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Is the Mitsubishi Outlander a Good SUV?

No, the Mitsubishi Outlander is not a good compact SUV. There are a few things it does well: It gets decent gas mileage, and it's one of the few small crossovers with three rows of seats. But in most areas, this Mitsubishi is well behind the competition. Most rivals have more cargo space, better predicted reliability ratings, more upscale interiors, punchier engines, and a better ride.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Outlander?

Along with the Dodge Journey, the Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the most affordable seven-seat SUVs on the market. It’s also available as a plug-in hybrid. If your budget is tight, the Outlander may be worth a second look. However, if you can do without seven seats, there are other SUVs in this class that are both far better and more affordable, including the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, and Honda CR-V.

Compare the Outlander, Escape, and Sportage »

Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander belongs to a generation that launched for the 2014 model year, and Mitsubishi has made regular updates to it since then. For 2016, Mitsubishi refreshed the Outlander’s exterior styling and updated its navigation system. The 2017 model gained a standard touch screen and a rearview camera, as well as newly available features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a surround-view parking camera, and a heated steering wheel. The 2018 Outlander gained a larger touch screen and a new plug-in hybrid model.

For the 2019 model year, Mitsubishi refreshed the Outlander’s exterior styling (again) and retuned its steering and suspension for improved handling and ride comfort. Those updates help offset, though don't eliminate, some of the weaknesses from earlier models. If those changes are important to you, then you’ll have to buy a new model. If not, you can likely save money while getting a similar vehicle by purchasing a used Outlander.

To further research used models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 47 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Mitsubishi Outlander review draws on 47 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2014 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Outlander Cost?

The Mitsubishi Outlander ES has a base MSRP of $24,695. While that’s affordable for a 3-row SUV, it's more expensive than the starting prices of many 2-row rivals, including the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander or Toyota RAV4?

The redesigned Toyota RAV4 is a good compact SUV, and it’s a better pick than the Mitsubishi. It has more standard safety features, better fuel economy estimates, and more cargo room, as well as a more capable engine. While the Toyota lacks third-row seats and an optional V6 engine, it has plenty of head- and legroom in its two rows. The RAV4 has a higher starting price by around $800, but it’s worth the small increase to get a better vehicle.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander or Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape is a great compact SUV. Thanks to its lithe handling, responsive steering, and composed ride, it has one of the best performance scores in the class. Though it lacks a V6 engine, the Ford has an available turbocharged four-cylinder with more horsepower than the Mitsubishi’s V6. Neither SUV has much in the way of standard equipment, but the Escape has a larger cargo hold, as well as a much better predicted reliability rating. There’s little contest between these two. Pick the Ford.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander or Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is essentially the subcompact version of the Outlander. It seats five people and, unlike the Outlander, can be had with either an automatic or manual transmission. But it lacks a V6 engine option. Despite its name, the Outlander Sport isn’t sporty, much like the Outlander. The Outlander Sport is more affordable though, saving you around $3,700 compared to its larger sibling. Neither Mitsubishi is a great vehicle, but if you must pick one, pick the Outlander.

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Outlander Interior

How Many People Does the Outlander Seat?

The Outlander seats seven people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. A heated steering wheel comes standard in the GT trim.

Some critics think the front seats are comfortable, while others say they could be plushier. Legroom is decent in the second row, thanks to the sliding seats, but the third-row seats are tight.

Outlander and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Outlander’s second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The tether anchors are easy to find, though they can be confused for other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seats. There are no LATCH connectors for the third-row seats.

Outlander Interior Quality

This Mitsubishi’s cabin and material quality draws mixed reviews, but there is general agreement that most rivals are more upscale. You’d have to step up to the Outlander SEL to find touches of luxury.

Outlander Cargo Space

This vehicle has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Folding down the back row expands that to 34.2 cubic feet, and folding down the second row as well unveils 63.3 cubic feet of space. Notably, the GT trim has slightly less space by roughly 1 to 2 cubic feet. There’s a decent amount of space behind the third and second rows, but the total figure with all rear seats folded is a bit below average for the class.

Outlander Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard equipment in the base Outlander ES includes a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as are a rear-seat DVD player, satellite radio, a nine-speaker premium sound system, and an additional USB port.

The infotainment system is easy to use, and there are plenty of straightforward physical controls, though the setup feels a touch dated. Modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a nice touch.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Outlander Performance

Outlander Engine: Ho-Hum Base

Three powertrains are available for this Mitsubishi. It comes standard with a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The top-of-the-line GT trim gets a six-speed automatic transmission and a V6 engine that puts out 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. The Outlander PHEV fits in between, with the plug-in hybrid's gas engine and two electric motors producing a combined 197 horsepower.

The four-cylinder engine struggles to move a fully loaded Outlander, and some critics say the CVT drones loudly at higher speeds. The available V6 engine has more oomph, though it gets worse fuel economy.

Outlander Gas Mileage: Outlandishly Good

The base Outlander gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are great figures among both compact SUVs and 3-row SUVs, and you’ll spend less money at the pump than you would with rivals such as the Kia Sportage. The GT model and its V6 engine require premium gasoline and get fuel estimates of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

The Outlander PHEV has an all-electric range of 22 miles and a rating of 74 MPGe combined. (For more information, check out our What Is MPGe? article.) Charge times range from 3.5 hours with a 240-volt outlet to between eight and 13 hours with a 120-volt outlet. You can also recharge up to 80 percent of the battery in 25 minutes with DC Fast Charging.

Outlander Ride and Handling: Coarse

This vehicle has a stiff ride. Larger bumps jostle occupants, and it tends to lean pronouncedly around corners. Front-wheel drive comes standard. All-wheel drive is available in the lower trims and standard in the plug-in hybrid and the Outlander GT.

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Outlander Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Reliable?

The 2019 Outlander receives a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mitsubishi Outlander Warranty

Mitsubishi covers the Outlander with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Those are outstanding terms for the class.

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Outlander Safety

Outlander Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 Outlander a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. Properly equipped models earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The IIHS also gave the Outlander PHEV a Good rating in five crash tests.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Outlander an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in side crash tests and four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests.

Outlander Safety Features

A rearview camera is the sole active safety feature in the base Outlander ES. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams.

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Which Mitsubishi Outlander Model Is Right for Me?

Mitsubishi offers the Outlander in five trim levels: ES, SE, LE, SEL, and GT. All but the top-level GT come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 166 horsepower. The GT features a 3.0-liter V6 that makes 224 horsepower. There’s also a plug-in hybrid variant with a lithium-ion battery pack. It makes a combined 197 horsepower and is only available in the SEL and GT trims.

The GT comes standard with all-wheel drive. AWD is available for $1,500 in the base ES and $2,000 in the other trims. An Entertainment package ($1,695) is available in every trim but the LE, as are front and rear parking sensors ($585) and remote start ($545).

If you want the stronger engine, you'll need to step up to the GT trim. For the latest driver assistance features, you'll want the SEL trim or higher.

Mitsubishi Outlander ES

The Mitsubishi Outlander ES has an MSRP of $24,695. It features a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, cloth seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels.

Mitsubishi Outlander SE

With an MSRP of $25,695, the Mitsubishi Outlander SE adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, the smartphone link display infotainment system, satellite radio, a second USB port, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fog lights.

For $1,000, you can get the Convenience package, which features a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. The other options remain available.

Mitsubishi Outlander LE

The Mitsubishi Outlander LE has a base retail price of $26,895. It adds the contents of the Convenience package as standard equipment.

Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL has an MSRP of $27,095. It loses the standard sunroof but gains automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather seats, a driver’s seatback pocket, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a power liftgate.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid SEL mirrors the SEL’s equipment list and starts at $35,795.

A Premium package costs $2,000 and adds the sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium stereo. There’s also an SEL Touring package. It costs $3,000 and bundles the Premium package with several driver aids, including automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

Mitsubishi Outlander GT

The Mitsubishi Outlander GT 3.0 S-AWC retails for $33,195. It adds a V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, a windshield wiper de-icer, and the contents of the Premium package. The PHEV model retails for $41,495.

The GT Touring package costs $1,000 and features the same driver aids listed above.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mitsubishi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Best Car Deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is an SUV that most shoppers can safely overlook because they're not missing anything. The vast majority of the compact SUV class is better than the Outlander in several areas, including ride and cabin quality, predicted reliability, and more.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the least expensive SUVs you can buy with a third-row seat. It also comes with an appealing set of features and offers an optional V6 engine. So far, so good, right? But if you research this Mitsubishi more closely you'll realize that it comes up a bit short. For one, the Outlander isn't particularly rewarding to drive. … And as for that third-row seat, well, it's small, even for children. If you need a three-row crossover on a budget, the Outlander might be worth a look. But in one of the most hotly contested segments, just about every manufacturer is making a competitive crossover, and most of them are more refined." -- Edmunds
  • "Even factoring in the expected big discounts, we'd rather have a good used SUV. And if you need a third-row seat in the small-SUV class, you'd be better off with a … Volkswagen Tiguan." -- Consumer Reports
  • "With seating for seven, top-notch crash-test ratings and an enviable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is ideal for families on a tight budget." -- Kelley Blue Book


Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 22, 2019

Low, Steady Sales: The Mitsubishi Outlander’s sales have remained consistent this year relative to the same period in 2018. However, sales are second to last in the compact SUV class, just in front of its sibling, the Eclipse Cross. Many shoppers look past these crossovers in favor of the other options in the segment.

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