2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
MSRP: $25,795 (2.5 ES) As Tested: $38,590 (SEL 2.5 5-AWC)
Outlander is fully redesigned for 2022. And decidedly so, with edgy new styling, upgraded technology and fresh mechanicals. Five trim levels are offered (2.5 ES, 2.5 SE, 2.5 SEL, SE Tech and SEL Touring). Starting MSRP’s range from $25,795 – $34,645. Buyers can upgrade from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive for an additional $1,800, on any trim. My test car was a top-ranging, SEL Touring with AWD, and an as-tested price of $38,590.
This is the first Outlander to benefit from Mitsubishi’s joint alliance with Renault and Nissan. The platform and engine are products of that collaboration. The engine is a 2.5L four cylinder, connected to a Continuously Variable Transmission. It’s the same pairing found in the Nissan Rogue, (reviewed in my Gazette column on March 20). Here as there, the inline four is rated at 181 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. That compares with 166/162 for the previous Outlander’s four cylinder engine, and 224/214, in the formerly optional V-6. The 2.5L has sufficient power on hand. You’ll hear the engine at full throttle, but it cruises quietly. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 24/30/26, and I logged 24 mpg’s, in a week of mixed, city/highway driving.
Living where we do, I always recommend AWD. Chop up the $1,800, sprinkle it over the term of your note, and consider it an investment in winter peace of mind. Mitsubishi’s AWD system has six driving modes – Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow and Mud. Selected from the console-mounted dial, each setting makes corresponding adjustments (throttle response, steering boost, etc.) to maximize vehicle response, whatever road conditions you find yourself in. Outlander is composed when cornering, and the ride quality is more refined than its predecessor.
The interior of Outlander’s fourth generation models has a clean design. Cabin materials have been upgraded from the previous generation, and controls are easy to find and operate. Depending on trim level selected, the infotainment system features either an 8″ or 9″ touchscreen display. The systems are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. The connection is wireless for the latter, on SE and above models. Outlander offers standard, three row seating. Rows one and two fit adults comfortably, and the third row is suitable for small kids. All three row crossovers are the same, when it comes to space allocation. If you fill them full of people, that leaves less room for cargo (and vice versa). In this case, with three rows full, there’s 11.7 cu.-ft. available for storage. The third row seatbacks fold nearly flat, and doing so expands stowage space to 33.5 cu.-ft. It’s 78.3 cu.-ft. aft of the first row. Load liftover height in back is low.
Outlander offers an array of available, driver-assistance technology features, and their Multiview camera system is standard on 2.5 SE trims and above. This includes a top down, bird’s-eye view and a zone display function, that detects the sudden approach of children or animals. These combine to take a lot of guesswork out of parking or backing up. Their inclusion as standard features on the 2.5 SE trim level make that the value pick in the new Outlander’s lineup.
A 40 year resident of the Capital District, Dan Lyons has been reviewing new cars for publications for nearly 30 years. He is the author of six automotive books, and photographer of more than 200 calendars.