2014 Mitsubishi Outlander at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show


  • Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander
  • Looks like: Outlander loses some weight and gets a spruced-up interior
  • Drivetrain: 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.0-liter V-6; CVT or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: TBD

The clunky, chunky Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the least competitive crossovers in the class. A redesign for the 2014 model year should add some sophistication, both inside and out.

The new Outlander gets sleeker exterior styling, a more upscale interior and revised engines. The third generation of Mitsubishi’s largest SUV loses an inch in length and weighs about 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. 

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Changes to the exterior styling include a restyled grille, a raised belt line, a more contoured body and wraparound headlamps. Mitsubishi said the new design reduces aerodynamic drag, but the automaker wasn’t specific about fuel-economy gains.

The powertrains are familiar. Base models will use an updated version of the outgoing model's 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and uplevel GT versions will use a revised version of last year's 3.0-liter V-6. Mitsubishi didn’t confirm horsepower, but in the previous generation, the four-cylinder was good for 168 horsepower and the V-6 for 230 hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission is paired with the four-cylinder; V-6 versions use a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, there's standard seating for seven passengers, a revised control layout and more premium materials, including a soft-touch instrument panel, woodgrain trim and glossy black "center waterfall" design.

Also new are three new safety systems: lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision mitigation. More optional convenience features are available, including a Rockford Fosgate stereo, a power tailgate activated from the driver's seat or by the key fob, and the next generation of Mitsubishi’s navigation system.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but Mitsubishi said the 2014 Outlander "is an ideal vehicle for the cost-conscience automotive consumer." The 2013 model starts at $23,520, including an $825 destination charge.



"The clunky, chunky Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the least competitive crossovers in the class."

That may be true right now, but almost all of the competition has been redesigned since the Outlander's introduction. When it was introduced for the 2007 model year and then the I4 in 2008, it was one of the most competitive vehicles in the class.

With these updates, especially the 200 lb reduction, I have no doubt that this vehicle will be at the top of the class again. What the current model needed was a new cabin and updated powertrains...Mitsubishi has done that, AND reduced the weight by 200 lbs. That's a winning formula if i ever heard one.


Mitsubishi has become the "are you still here" manufacturer. Once their cars were desired (3000GT, Evo, Eclipse, Montero, Diamonte, etc.) Now it seems like they're down to about 2 cars and 4 variations of SUV.

Unless Mitsubishi can come up with a knock out of the park Gallant, Lancer, and SUV, they're going to go the way of Suzuki and Isuzu.

This mildly revised Outlander brings to mind the last Eclipse, dated on arrival.

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