Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In a continuation of our truck-heavy lists of late, PickupTrucks.com's heavy-duty towing contest, the King of Beasts, also ascended to the most-watched-videos throne, debuting at No. 1. The flex-off between the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty and 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was followed by truck-centric holdovers from past weeks, with lone non-truck newcomer the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander rounding out the top five. Check out what else was popular:

1. King of Beasts
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
4. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
5. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

By Matt Schmitz | October 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Video

If you're a movie star trying to vacation with your family without being bothered by paparazzi, anonymity is something you cherish. If you're a car buyer among the rest of us non-celeb civilians, we tend to want to stand out on the street. So when Cars.com reviewer David Thomas calls the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander's style "anonymous," it's not a compliment. Still, Thomas notes in the video above, the new SUV's "surprising speed," balanced ride and top safety ratings should offset some of that unwanted anonymity.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 10, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: All models get improved sound insulation, while audio and tech features, as well as interior materials, are upgraded on different trim levels.
  • Price change: $300 increase across ES and SE trims
  • On sale: This week
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Upgrades to tech and comfort come at a nominal cost, making the 2014 the better value.

Updates last year to Mitsubishi's best-selling model, the Outlander Sport, emphasized what was on the outside as well as under the hood. For 2014 the five-passenger crossover sports new tech and interior touches.

A new audio head unit comes on the ES trim level, while all models get a redesigned steering wheel with audio controls, and the SE trim gets HD Radio. A new engine balancer shaft is standard on all models with a continuously variable transmission, while all models receive improved sound insulation materials. New tech features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen with a backup camera on the SE trim; and a new navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest info and real-time traffic with the SE Touring Package. The SE Touring Package also includes new black-leather seating.

By Matt Schmitz | July 23, 2013 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Mitsubishi is recalling 305 model-year 2013 Outlander Sport crossovers due to a problem with the suspension system that could affect braking distance and vehicle control, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between Jan. 17 and Jan. 25, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). The stabilizer link on the front strut was improperly welded and may detach, causing damage to the tire or brake hose. This could lead to a difficulty steering, or the vehicle may require a longer stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the front left strut assembly for free; the automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 800-222-0037 or NHTSA's hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

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)

Mitsubishi Outlander Prototype GT at 2009 New York Auto Show

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  • Looks like: Somebody slapped a Lancer grille on the Outlander
  • Defining characteristics: That huge Lancer-styled grille
  • Ridiculous features: Mitsubishi calling this a prototype when it’s just mild changes to the regular version
  • Chance of being mass-produced: It’s very likely this will be a refreshed Outlander next year

We’re a little peeved at Mitsubishi for making a big deal out of the Outlander GT Prototype. You see, this isn’t really a concept car. That’s why they used the word “prototype.” Yet they’re not saying it’ll go on sale for sure, either. They didn’t even add an interesting new power plant like we predicted they would.

Instead, the GT Prototype just gets a revised version of the V-6 featured in the current top trim level, boosting power by 10 hp, to 230 hp, while getting better fuel economy. We were hoping for the turbo four-cylinder featured in the company’s Lancer Ralliart instead.

The new grille looks surprisingly natural affixed to the Outlander SUV. When the company tried the same thing with the Eclipse sports car, it didn’t look quite so seamless. We’d expect to see this look on all the trims of the 2010 Outlander. More photos below.

By David Thomas | April 9, 2009 | Comments (8)

Mitsubishi Outlander Prototype GT Bound For New York

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Next week is the New York auto show, and it’s gearing up to be a busier event than we had imagined. The auto industry is certainly retracting, but this is the last chance of the car-show season to display new wares. That’s why Mitsubishi will show off a version of its Outlander SUV. There are no specifics, but the company says it’ll be more powerful and fuel efficient than the current Outlander’s available 3.0-liter V-6.

We’re going to go out on a limb and guess that besides getting the Lancer’s grille treatment, the SUV will also sport the Ralliart version of that sedan’s 237-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder engine. The 3.0 V-6 in the Outlander puts out 220 hp. Surprisingly, the mileage isn’t that different. The turbo in the Lancer gets 17/25 mpg city/hwy; the V-6 in the Outlander gets 17/23 mpg.

We’ll learn more next week in New York. A few more teaser images are below.

By David Thomas | April 3, 2009 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 39,711 Mitsubishi Lancers and Outlanders

09Lancer Mitsubishi has issued a recall of 39,711 Lancers and Outlanders from the 2008-09 model years due to a faulty brake-booster check valve, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The brake-booster check valve was built with poor material composition, leaving it vulnerable to sticking when the engine is shut off, NHTSA said. This, in turn, may lead to loss of responsiveness in the brakes and increased stopping distance during slower vehicle maneuvers.

Dealers will replace the valve free of charge. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 800-222-0037 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | March 18, 2009 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

09Outlander Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays was so conflicted about the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander that he had to stop writing his review midway through and, as he puts it, “reverse course.” The problem? According to Mays, it’s not what’s wrong with the Outlander, which is a strong utilitarian vehicle with plenty to recommend it. The problem is all the little things that other affordable crossovers do better. Read Mays’ full review for a thoughtful explanation.

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

By Stephen Markley | March 3, 2009 | Comments (5)

Discount-Club Challenge: Compact SUVs

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Every few weeks, I get to shop at the local discount club and load up on 20-packs of paper towels, a few dozen chicken breasts and all those other essentials that cost less when you buy them in bulk. Chances are many of you also share in this routine, shopping regularly at Costco or Sam’s Club, but then have issues getting all your purchases — along with family members — into your car. Besides testing the fit of child-safety seats, this is one of those “you have to do it yourself” requirements in new-car shopping. Unfortunately, while dealers will usually let you install a seat into a prospective new car, they won’t let you run errands.

So we’ve done that for you in four compact SUVs: the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2009 Ford Escape, 2009 Nissan Rogue and 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. We didn’t fold the second-row seats down, as any compact SUV would be able to handle the load doing that. We also wanted to show how capable these vehicles are as family cars. When you have to tow children with you to the store, you can’t fold down seats filled with booster, convertible or infant-safety seats buckled in. Even a family of four with teenagers still needs somewhere to sit.

Check out the video below and see how the four contenders managed.

By David Thomas | March 2, 2009 | Comments (11)

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