2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander was new.

The Outlander offers a stylish exterior, versatile cargo capacity and plenty of interior features and options. While it's a solid compact SUV option, the Outlander isn't a standout next to its top competitors due to its lacking engine power and poor interior quality, but still ranks in the top half of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-liked exterior
  • Lots of available high-tech interior features
  • Long warranties
  • Unique rear tailgate design
  • Low-grade interior materials
  • Engine not a strong performer

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.1
Safety: 9.8
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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is a slightly-better-than-average performer in the vast compact SUV segment. Redesigned in 2007, this year's model line gets a new base ES trim. "The new Outlander seems to outclass its competitors on just about every front, although the RAV4 does offer more power with its optional V-6 engine," comments the San Antonio Express-News. The affordable SUV enjoys several advantages over rivals, including a lengthy warranty and the XLS model's seven-passenger seating. However, the SUV does have its flaws -- including sub-par interior materials and less powerful engine choices than rivals.

With a lackluster engine, you might expect the Outlander to boast good fuel economy numbers.  Unfortunately, it's 20/25 mpg rating is mediocre for this class -- not a good sign for buyers facing record gas prices.

The Outlander comes in three trims -- the base ES, LS and XLS. The XLS adds a third-row seat, increasing occupancy from five to seven. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, while all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The new Outlander can easily hang with the best in its class." -- Motor Trend
  • "The bottom line is, when you're thinking about looking for an SUV in Outlander's segment ... look at the Outlander. Do it first and save yourself a lot of time." -- Chicago Sun-Times

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