The Mitsubishi Outlander
A Guide to the Mitsubishi Outlander
The Mitsubishi Outlander has been a serious, though smaller, contender in the SUV space.
Opinions over Outlanders can be divided; if you’ve never had a problem it’s a symphony of engineering and design. If you’ve had problems… well 😬
Buckle in Texans, we’re reviewing its efficient powertrains, ingenious flexible seating arrangements, and even its drawbacks. 🚗💫
🗓️ Most Trusted Outlander Model Years:
The Mitsubishi Outlander goes back twenty years to the first gen in 2003. Back then a burgeoning crossover SUV trend compelled the car maker to enter the ring with the Outlander/Airtrek.
We’re all about used cars at Public Auto Auctions. While Mitsubishi might not be as popular as Honda or Toyota, the Outlander makes a strong argument. You can get a great deal, especially at Public Auto, on an older Outlander.
Look out for the 2005 and 2006 models. Both of these received very few complaints.
CoPilot recommends a well maintained 2003 Outlander. That’s the key; well-maintained. When you are browsing our inventory, note the condition as we try to list as much as possible.
Despite faulty A/C systems and problems starting, many people put well over 100k on 2003 models and they will be the cheapest model you can find.
Jumping ahead to the reliable 2012 and 2013 Mitsubishi Outlanders. With just 32 NHTSA complaints and five recalls on the 2013 model, it provides a good balance of modernity and value, especially considering its three-row seating, best suited for smaller occupants. 🧒
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV stands out from the Outlander lineup, as it offers eco-friendly plug-in hybrid power.
We caution anyone considering the 2014, 2015, 2016, or 2018 models. Consult a mechanic, unless you are a mechanic. 😉 🔧
Mitsubishi Outlander Features
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Capability:
The Mitsubishi Outlander lineup, including the ES AWC (All-Wheel Control) model, prides itself on its AWD capability. If you love superior traction and stability, especially when navigating various road conditions, the Outlander has you covered.
The Outlander's AWC ensures confident handling no matter if you’re on the highway to Austin or on the backroads near Tyler.
🚘 Spacious Interior:
Outlanders have thoughtfully designed cabins. There’s ample space for both passengers and cargo. The generous rear-seat legroom ensures that everyone can enjoy the journey, and the flexible cargo area accommodates your belongings with ease. Plus, the Outlander's interior isn't just about space; it's about user-friendly technology (in the newer models) and a host of convenient features.
Consider the Mitsubishi Outlander SE, which boasts a roomy interior.
🛡️ Advanced Safety Technology:
Mitsubishi Outlanders have evolved in safety technology. Newer models like the 2022 Outlander feature advanced safety tech, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
Even 10+ year-old Outlander models offer standard safety features like stability control, multiple airbags, and antilock brakes, ensuring basic protection. While older models lack advanced tech, they remain reliable and affordable choices.
🪑 Flexible Seating Arrangements:
In the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander and its modern counterparts, advanced seating configurations provide effortless adjustments and enhanced cargo space. With features like flexible second-row and reclining rear seats, these versions prioritize comfort and adaptability. For those who want it, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT offers versatile third-row seating.
Even in earlier editions like the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, a strong commitment to practicality and convenience shines through. While not as cutting-edge as newer models, these older variants offer significant space and customizable arrangements for passengers and cargo, making them suitable for various lifestyles.
🛣️ Ground Clearance:
The Mitsubishi Outlander typically boasts a ground clearance ranging from 7.3 to 8.1 inches, varying by trim level and model year. This measurement can vary slightly between different versions. Ground clearance is a pivotal factor affecting the Outlander's versatility in handling diverse road conditions, whether on or off-road.
For those considering a hybrid suitable for various terrains, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) GT offers 7.3 inches of ground clearance, allowing you to tackle rough terrains, deep snow, and off-road trails while maintaining an eco-friendly footprint.
💥 Efficient Powertrains:
The Mitsubishi Outlander offers versatile and efficient powertrains, meeting the needs of eco-conscious drivers. Newer models like the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV feature a plug-in hybrid system for extended all-electric driving range and reduced emissions.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is known for its fuel-efficient powertrains, with options like the 2.0L MIVEC and 2.4L MIVEC engines, ensuring both fuel savings and reliable performance. Older models, like the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, feature efficient four-cylinder engines for commendable fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Mitsubishi's dedication to cutting-edge automotive technology provides choices for a variety of preferences and requirements.
👀 What to look for when buying a used Mitsubishi Outlander
Outlanders can, if maintained well and driven well, last a long time. Engine Patrol puts them at 13-17 years when driving an average of 15,000 years annually. The Driver Adviser says on average, Outlanders can reach over 200,000 miles before repairs aren't worth it. The exceptions are there, like those 20-year-old Outlanders with another few years left on them. But your sweet spot might be the 2012-2013 models mentioned earlier.
Check out our review of good mileage for a used car.
When it comes to a used Mitsubishi Outlander, the starting bid at our auction lot is typically $100, meaning you will save thousands going used over new, and it’s likely you’ll save buying used at an auction over used at a dealer.
If you’d like a more complete breakdown of comparing question prices vs. used dealers, click here.
⚠️ Things to be aware of when buying a used Mitsubishi Outlander
Some older models may encounter transmission problems, especially in automatic transmissions. Be sure to inspect and, if necessary, maintain the transmission system regularly.
In some earlier models, interior materials may not be as high-quality as those found in competitors' vehicles. While this is less of an issue in recent models, it's something to keep in mind if you're considering an older Outlander.
While the Outlander offers excellent features, its fuel efficiency is not always as competitive as some other SUVs in its class.
What are You Waiting For?
Alright bidders, now you know the Mitsubishi Outlander lineup inside and out. Come visit us at Public Auto Auctions, register to bid, and buy or sell your Outlander!