lackluster performance & Poor build quality earn it just 2 stars
Base Price: $ 32,590
Engine: 3.0 L V-6
Horsepower: 224 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 215 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Curb Weight: 3798 lb
0-60: 7.6 sec
MPG: 20 City 27 Highway
One expects V6s to produce larger numbers in this day and age. The Outlander disappoints with 215 pound feet of torque and 224 horsepower. It would have been acceptable 12 years ago, but today, no way. It’s 2017 where we can get 350 horsepower out of a 4-cylinder engine. It sounds like something is dying in the engine bay when you step on the gas. The wind noise and engine humming at highway speeds are unacceptable. It only gets worse when we start talking about fuel economy. I averaged 16 MPG with a mix of highway and city driving; the AWD was in ECO mode, and I wasn’t driving aggressively.
Off-Road Like a Pro:
The one saving grace of this vehicle is its AWD system. Mitsubishi dubs it "Super Handling All Wheel Control." It can actively shift power to the wheels with the most traction. It's a pretty impressive feature for the Outlander's price point. Plus it also has a fair amount of ground clearance, so if you want to venture off-road or encounter a lot of snow, you will have no problems.
Thrust Bump Jolt:
The suspension of the Outlander reminds me of riding on a boat in rough waters. You get thrown around at every turn and thrown forward/backward upon acceleration, and deceleration. It’s enough to make you sick. On the bright side, you'll save your family a fortune in amusement park tickets.
The Few Good Things:
The Outlander is pretty bad, with a few exceptions. It does have standard third-row seating, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty, a killer Rockford Fosgate sound system with subwoofer, and it’s a top IIHS safety pick. If you’re on a really tight budget and want a safe vehicle with seating for seven, then it could work.