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

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  • 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.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 28, 2012 | Comments (2)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition to Bow at L.A. Auto Show

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A pair of Mitsubishi crossovers are set to make their North American debuts later this month at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show: the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition.

Full specs haven't been released, but Mitsubishi says the third generation of the midsize Outlander boasts a new design that emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency and a new, more fuel-efficient engine.

The revised Outlander loses more than an inch of length for 2014. Changes to its exterior styling include a restyled grille, a raised belt line, a more contoured body and wraparound headlamps. It follows the look of the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II first shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2012 | Comments (1)

Regular Cars that Take Premium Gasoline

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It's common to see "requires 91 octane gasoline for best performance" on the fuel door of sports or luxury cars. So, we scratch our heads when we see the same premium recommendation on a family car, hybrid or non-performance car. According to AAA's FuelGauge Report, the price difference between regular and premium gas is 32 cents nationally. Spending an additional $4.80 on a 15-gallon refuel isn't an insignificant amount of money, and you could save it if you buy a similarly efficient car at a similar price that runs on regular gasoline. 
 
Below is a list of cars that you may not guess recommend or require premium fuel. The manufacturer's fuel recommendation from the owner's manual or consumer website is listed alongside each vehicle. 

By Joe Bruzek | October 18, 2012 | Comments (11)

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander: Car Seat Check

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The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is the automaker's largest crossover, but we found its three rows to be too small when it came to fitting rear-facing child-safety seats in its second row. The Outlander can be had with two or three rows of seats.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | October 4, 2012 | Comments (4)

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Could Challenge Chevrolet Volt

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A totally new Mitsubishi Outlander is coming for the 2013 model year, and with it comes the brand's first U.S. plug-in hybrid SUV. The Outlander PHEV will debut at the 2012 Moscow International Motor Show. The carmaker has revealed a bit more information about the model and Mitsubishi’s unique approach to building hybrids.

The Outlander PHEV will be one of the first that can run in EV-only, serial hybrid or parallel hybrid modes, depending on operating conditions. Mitsubishi says the model gets a combined 143 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) under Japanese testing cycles. But since Japan's testing cycles produce figures that are more optimistic than our own, don't expect the same results from the EPA. The model will have a total range of about 550 miles, the company says.

By Colin Bird | September 7, 2012 | Comments (6)

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

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  • Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento
  • Looks like: Outlander gets a more fluid and sculpted look
  • Drivetrain: No word on U.S. powertrains, but Europe will get diesel and gas versions: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel
  • Hits dealerships: On sale in Russia this summer; other markets will follow

Mitsubishi's Outlander is going green. The Outlander is redesigned for 2013 with more sculpted styling, new safety features and plans for a plug-in model.

The third generation of the midsize crossover loses less than an inch in length and gets a whole new look, including a restyled grille with Mitsubishi's three-diamond logo prominently displayed, a raised belt line, a more contoured body and wraparound headlamps. We first saw the new design in concept guise from the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 6, 2012 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Mitsubishi keeps it simple in the 2012 Outlander SUV. Maybe a little too simple, says Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. She found the plastic-laden interior yawn-inducing, but the optional third row really raised her ire with its flimsy materials and tight confines — even for her young son. However, Courtney did appreciate the Outlander’s sporty exterior and agility on the road.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

By Jennifer Newman | January 27, 2012 | Comments (1)

This Season's Best Tailgating Cars

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Everyone knows we’re huge football fans here at Cars.com. We are an official sponsor of ESPN’s Saturday College Football, we’re just minutes from Soldier Field, and our staff has a long-running fantasy football league (with a certain editor taking the crown repeatedly.)

Tailgating is one of the best parts of going to a football game. You’re wearing your favorite team’s gear, grilling good food, talking to friends and probably throwing around a ball or bean bag.

But what about the cars that need to serve as more than transportation? They have to haul your tailgating gear and often do double duty as a place to sit. Here is our list of the top tailgating machines for the 2011-12 football season.

2012 Honda Ridgeline

There has never been another feature more tailored for tailgating than the watertight trunk under the bed of the Honda Ridgeline (above). Sure, the Ridgeline is an aging platform that hasn’t taken off with the traditional truck buyer, but it is a great tailgater. It can carry five people in comfort, and once you get to the parking lot and open that huge cooler, your neighbors will be struck in awe. Jaws will drop. You’ll be the king of the tailgaters.

By David Thomas | October 6, 2011 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

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With the small-crossover segment already crowded and competitive, the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander simply doesn’t have what it takes to earn Cars.com editor Mike Hanley’s recommendation. Read his full review to find out why the four-cylinder engine makes for an especially poor choice, and why it’s time for Mitsubishi to return to the drawing board if it hopes to compete with vehicles like the Chevy Equinox and Nissan Rogue.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

By Stephen Markley | June 9, 2010 | Comments (1)

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Video

The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with either a V-6 or four-cylinder engine, but for Cars.com editor Mike Hanley, the choice is pretty clear. In this video, he explains why the four-cylinder engine option does not help the Outlander’s case and why this forces the Outlander to make up so much ground in other areas.
By Stephen Markley | April 27, 2010 | Comments (2)

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