Mitsubishi Outlander is All-New for 2022 After A Five-Year

by Tom Crosby

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

Base price w/destination fee
Curb weight
Wheelbase
Length
Width
Engine
Horsepower
Torque
Transmission
EPA Rating
Range
Performance
$34,940 ($37,995 as tested)
3,803 lbs.
106.5-inches
185.4-inches
84.4-inches
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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