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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the sportier entries in the competitive 2011 compact SUV segment and isn’t a bad choice, but with a low reliability score and cheap-feeling interior, the Outlander lags behind most competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Sporty handling
  • Comfortable first- and second-row seats
  • Low-quality interior
  • Third-row seat mostly unusable




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.2
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

When it was new, critics were impressed by the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander’s sporty handling and respectably strong V6 engine option. They were less impressed by its interior, which many cited as having poor fit and finish. Though it does have a third-row seat, some critics called it flimsy and uncomfortable, even for children. The Outlander has an above-average safety score, though its reliability score is low. Base ES and SE trims are powered by a 168-horsepower four-cylinder engine that most critics found sluggish. They preferred the 230-horsepower V6 found in XLS and GT trims, saying it helps move the Outlander with more authority. A front-wheel drive Outlander with the four-cylinder engine gets 23/28 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class, but opting for the V6 engine or all-wheel drive drops fuel economy a bit.

Inside, most critics said the Outlander extensively uses low-grade materials, pitting it below many class leaders. They said the front- and second-row seats are comfortable and spacious, but the third row drew mostly criticism. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the Outlander can carry 72.6 cubic feet of cargo, which is very good for the class. The base ES comes standard with cloth seats and a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Upgrading to higher trim levels adds features like fog lamps, Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice command system, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, power sunroof and a nine-speaker premium stereo with satellite radio. Also available are leather seats, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and a backup camera.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re drawn to the Outlander because of its good cargo space and available third-row seat, consider the 2011 Toyota RAV4. Although the Outlander gets slightly better fuel economy and safety ratings, the RAV4’s significantly higher reliability rating may appeal to a number of used SUV shoppers.

Another alternative worth considering is the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox is highly ranked, thanks to its smooth, refined ride and versatile, upscale interior. It can’t hold as much cargo as the Outlander, but its second-row seats slide back and forth, increasing cargo- and passenger-carrying flexibility, which reviewers appreciated.

Compare the Outlander to the RAV4 and Equinox »

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