2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
After years of decline, Mitsubishi’s sales have turned around. An almost cult-like following has not only kept them in business but relevant. And the all-new 2014 Outlander is the brand’s best shot yet at breaking back into the mainstream.
Styling is clean and simplistic for this third gen crossover, with its smooth, sweeping design serving fuel saving duties as well. Subtle accents lend a more premium look, more so than compact leaders like the RAV4 and CR-V.
Interior fit and finish is impressive, if a little muted. But comfort is top notch. The standard third row is a big selling point, though legroom is just for kids. Upgrades include a low speed collision prevention system with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control.
A revised 166 horsepower 2.4-liter I-4 serves base duties mated to a CVT. It is efficient, but we loved the impressive power of one of the few V-6s left in its class; a 3.0-liter with 224 horses and a six speed automatic. Combined with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system, Outlander really shines in low traction driving. Ride and handling are more comfort tuned, yet it is still quite capable in corners and off pavement.
Now they must attract more buyers. And they’ll have their chance when the $23,000 Outlander hits dealers this summer.
Engine: 3.0-liter V-6