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Rankings & Research

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 7.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the few compact SUVs to offer third-row seating. However, its underpowered engine, poor predicted reliability rating, and lack of features compared to rivals pull the Outlander toward the bottom of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard third-row seating
  • Well-insulated cabin
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Fewer standard features than rivals
  • Bumpy ride

New for 2017

  • Rearview camera and 6.1-inch touch screen became standard
  • Surround-view camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto became available

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander a Good Used SUV?

The Outlander is not that good of an SUV. It’s one of the only compact SUVs to offer a third row of seats, but it’s too cramped for adults. It has an attractive, high-quality interior and improved insulation that reduces vibrations and outside noises. However, it also has a below-average predicted reliability rating and a lackluster engine that is fine for city driving but struggles on highways.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 36 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander?

Based on the nearly 650 listings appearing on our site, you can expect to pay between $16,800 and $25,000 for this SUV. Its average list price is $18,900. Prices vary based on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the Outlander are estimated to cost around $23,800 over five years, or about $4,760 per year. That’s about average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Outlander?

For the 2018 model year, the Outlander gained a larger standard touch screen, a new LE trim slotted in between the SE and SEL, and a plug-in hybrid model. Otherwise, this SUV was largely unchanged. Its base price is around $23,945, so unless you want the plug-in hybrid, you can likely save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older model.

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One advantage the Outlander is its relatively affordable price. No new compact SUVs come close. In fact, only one subcompact SUV can compete pricewise: the 2018 Jeep Renegade ($18,445).  However, the Renegade is smaller than the Outlander, and you’d have to step up from the base trim to get basic amenities such as cruise control or air conditioning, which negates its slight price advantage. The Renegade also does not offer third-row seating or a V6 engine option.

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Outlander Is Best?

Mitsubishi refreshed the Outlander for the 2016 model year. The 2017 model gained a standard rearview camera and a 6.1-inch touch screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and a heated steering wheel became available. If those updates aren’t important to you, consider saving money with the 2016 Outlander. The 2016 and 2017 Outlander also score slightly better than their predecessors.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2017 Outlander has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. 

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalls

At the time of this writing, one recall has been issued on the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander. Its engine may stall or overheat, increasing the risk of a crash. Before buying this crossover SUV, make sure this issue has been addressed.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Model Is Right for Me?

Mitsubishi offers the Outlander in four trim levels: ES, SE, SEL, and GT. While the ES may not have as many standard features as some rivals, every model still comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a USB port, a rearview camera, HD radio, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a third row of seats, and alloy wheels.

The SE adds two USB ports, push-button start, heated front seats, satellite radio, and a Smartphone Link audio system with a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. The SEL adds auto-on/off lights and rain-sensing wipers, while the GT adds a V6 engine, a power liftgate, and a premium audio system.

Most shoppers should be happy with the SEL trim. While it doesn’t add many upgrades over the SE, it’s available with many of the same features and options that the GT has, including LED headlights, several driver assistance features, a heated steering wheel, and a sunroof.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mitsubishi Outlander Warranty

You might want to consider a certified pre-owned vehicle for added peace of mind. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi offers one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. You’ll get better coverage with just about any other manufacturer.

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How Safe Is the Outlander?

The 2017 Outlander performed well in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave front-wheel-drive models five out of five stars in side crash testing, four stars in front and rollover crash tests, and a four-star overall rating. All-wheel drive models performed similarly, except they received a five-star overall rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Outlander a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest honor. The Outlander also received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests, as well as a Superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

A rearview camera comes standard. A surround-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are all available.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2017 Mazda CX-5?

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent compact SUV. It boasts a first-class interior and outstanding driving dynamics. The CX-5 handles more like a car than an SUV, and it has precise steering. It also earned higher safety and predicted reliability ratings than the Outlander. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi has more overall cargo space and can seat up to seven. It also has lower ownership cost, and it offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On average, the CX-5 costs about $7,400 more than the Outlander. But if that’s within your budget, you’ll likely find the CX-5 to be a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

Neither the Outlander nor the 2017 Outlander Sport are particularly good SUVs in their classes. However, in a clash between these two Mitsubishi models, the Outlander comes out ahead. It’s larger than the subcompact Outlander Sport, so passengers will find more room and extra seats inside. The Outlander has more cargo space and a nicer interior with better-quality materials and available third-row seating. It’s also available with a V6 engine. There’s not a huge price gap, but if you have to pick between these two low-ranking Mitsubishis, go for the Outlander.

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2017 Outlander Performance

How Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Drive?

The 2017 Outlander comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 166 horsepower mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The all-wheel-drive Outlander GT comes with a 224-horsepower V6 engine, and it has a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the CVT.

The base engine is fine for city driving, though acceleration lags a bit at highway speeds. Its transmission also tends to drone. The V6 engine is stronger, but it requires premium fuel. Steering is firm and responsive, but the ride can feel a bit bumpy even on smooth pavement.

Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive Outlander gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The GT trim with the V6 engine returns 20/27 mpg city/highway. Those numbers make for average fuel economy among compact SUVs.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Towing Capacity

The Outlander has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds with the four-cylinder engine, or 3,500 pounds with the V6 engine.

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2017 Outlander Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Outlander Seat?

The 2017 Outlander seats seven on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are all available. The Outlander is one of the only compact SUVs to offer an available third row. However, that space is suitable only for children. Adults will find adequate space in the first two rows.

The cabin itself is refined. Soft-touch materials abound, contributing to a somewhat upscale feel. The cabin is well-insulated from vibrations and harsh outside noises, making for a quiet ride.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats in the second-row outboard seats. It also has a third tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outlander’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Features

The Outlander doesn’t offer as many standard features as some rivals, and its infotainment system is trickier than what you’ll find in many rivals. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, a rearview camera, HD radio, and a 6.1-inch touch screen are all standard. Upgrades include push-button start, proximity keyless entry, satellite radio, a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a sunroof, a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and several advanced safety features.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Dimensions

Mitsubishi Outlander Cargo Space

This Mitsubishi has 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Folding down the third row of seats expands that space to 34.2 cubic feet, which is above average for the class. Folding down the second row as well opens up 63.3 cubic feet of space. The leaders in this class all have maximum cargo capacities closer to 70 cubic feet. The Outlander is available with a power liftgate.

2017 Outlander Length and Weight

The Outlander measures about 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,351 pounds in the base ES trim up to 3,626 pounds in the GT. Its gross vehicle weight rating is between 4,795 and 5,005 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Built?

Mitsubishi manufactured the 2017 Outlander in Japan.

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