Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned and rebuilt for 2022, hoping to boost sales in the congested SUV marketplace with a more spacious and sophisticated cabin, better handling and more safety-tech features. It’s the first major Outlander overhaul since 2017.
Outlander is one of Mitsubishi’s flagship vehicles and the company is now focused on increasing the cross-over small three-row SUV’s versatility with all-wheel drive, six off-road drive modes and a comfortable on-road urban hauler for a family of seven.
Outside, the Outlander sports a muscular look that maintains a recognizable Outlander profile.
Our test drive vehicle was top-trim SEL above ES and SE. It also included a plug-in hybrid popular in Europe and China which hasn’t yet gained sales traction in the US.
Our optional $2,700 Touring Package included heated steering wheel, upgraded semi-aniline leather seats, a 10.8-inch heads-up display visible with polarized sunglasses on, BOSE radio, sunroof and rear door sunshade. In addition, there was a tonneau cover, floor and tray mats plus a rare touch-up paint pen added for an additional $355.
Outlander’s stand-out feature is all-wheel-control with any of six drive modes – Eco, Normal, Tarmac (Sport), Gravel, Snow, and Mud. With brake yaw control, handling was crisp and well-defined, generating driver confidence on macadam and off-road grip wearing 20-inch wide-track tires.
More aluminum helps the vehicle’s rigidity and reduces vibration, resulting in a decent and quieter ride with some road imperfections felt. Stabilizer bars aid the front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link sport-tuned suspension system.
A thickened steering wheel provides a good feel and safety features are strong, including Mitsubishi’s Mi-Pilot Assist including cruise control, lane-centering and speed adjustments.
Acceleration continues to be a weak point with the 2.5-liter engine taking 10-seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop, even using manual steering wheel paddles in tarmac drive mode.
The cabin contains above average materials, with colored leather accents, a 12.3 digital information screen and comfortable, spacious seating for the first two rows but the third row is tight for any passengers of a larger height or body frame. Drop the second and third rows and cargo space becomes class-leading.
The 9-inch infotainment touchscreen is intuitive and easy to use. However, voice recognition was poor and hand-entered addresses sometimes failed to find a match.
In general, tech features in the Outlander are strong, with apps, wireless charging, connected services for emergencies, HD audio, etc.
At a Glance
LIKES: Handling, spacious cabin, versatility, technology, looks, mileage, price
DISLIKES: Erroneous speed limits, voice recognition/address inputs, tight third row, low engine muscle
BOTTOM LINE: This updated Outlander should markedly increase appeal
Fact File: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Sel 2.4=AWC 4-Door SUV
2.5-liter, DOHC, 4-cylinder direct injection
181-hp @ 6,000 rpm
181-lbs.-ft. @ 3,600 rpm
Continuously Variable w/8-speed sport mode
24-mpg city/30 hwy
14.5-gallon tank, regular
0-60 in just over 10 seconds
If you are shopping for a new or pre-owned car, let AAA’s Auto Buying Service do the work for you. We can find any vehicle make and model, and we’ll pass the manufacturer’s savings on to you. Buying has never been easier. Reach out to our experienced sales team at 1-866-710-6226 or get a quote today, and we will help you get started with your search.
Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.