The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 7-passenger SUV with a budget-friendly price that makes it an attractive choice for families in need of that precious third row. There are four available trims, two engines, and a wide range of features designed to fit the needs of every family.
Base trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The top GT trim gets a 3.0-liter V6 with 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Our test vehicle was the Outlander SEL with all-wheel drive, which features the 2.4-liter engine.
This is a three-row SUV so it’s not a small vehicle, but the engine does a fair job of moving the Outlander around town. Driving in the city or along country roads, it’s solid. The story changes on the highway.
Under hard acceleration, the Outlander struggles. It takes a bit of time to get up to highway speeds. The lack of power is even more noticeable when you need extra power for high-speed passing. That’s the down side, but there’s lots to like about this SUV.
Tops on the list of upgrades for 2019 are an improved suspension system, handling, and steering. The difference is noticeable and makes the Outlander far better.
The suspension system smooths out rough road surfaces and makes short work of potholes. Not only does this make the ride more comfortable for passengers, it makes it more relaxing for the driver.
Handling is also noticeably better. Road surfaces that once tossed the Outlander around and required extra attention from the driver are now handled with ease. These improvements were much needed and they make a big difference.
Also new this year are more supportive front seats and a quieter ride. Again, these don’t seem like major changes, but they create a better overall experience for the driver and passengers.
Road and wind noise are greatly reduced. Even through heavy rains, the sound was kept at bay rather than becoming a grating background annoyance. Also missing is the sound of the continuously variable automatic transmission, which was previously outright annoying under hard acceleration.
One of the concerns with any vehicle known for affordability is interior quality. Those fears are unwarranted in the Outlander. We drove the SEL trim, which is a fully-loaded model that in no way feels like a budget vehicle.
It comes standard with 8-way power front seats that are heated and trimmed in leather, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and a second-row that slides and reclines. Infotainment includes a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HD Radio.
There’s a six-speaker audio system, front and rear USB ports, cruise control, and dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents. There’s even a remote power tailgate. Standard safety includes blind spot warning with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and hill start assist.
Pricing on the Outlander SEL with all-wheel drive comes in at $29,095. That’s a fantastic price for such a fully-featured vehicle and it’s what makes the Outlander a strong offering.
There are lots of things to like about the Outlander from its comfortable, quiet interior to its improved handling and wide range of features. The drawback is a lackluster engine, but considering the price, the Outlander is still a win.