October 25, 2021

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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander preview

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What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Outlander is the first entirely new Mitsubishi SUV in more than a decade. A seven-seat crossover with an architecture shared by the Nissan Rogue, the 2022 Outlander’s also a rival for the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan, and Subaru Forester. 

Is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander a good car?

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We don’t know yet, since we haven’t driven it. But it’s a welcome reinvention with crisp good looks, the latest safety equipment, and lots of utility. We’ll give it a TCC Rating once we drive it. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander?

Everything. Sold in ES, SE, SEL, and SEL Touring models, the latest Outlander bypasses curves for folds that recall the rugged shape of the old Montero SUV. The Outlander’s front end has a high-set grille pinned in place by slim LED running lights, with larger headlights set apart from the grille by body-color sections. Down the sides, the Outlander’s cut like a Crossfitter, with a rear roof pillar that kicks up into a near-vertical line. The rear end’s banded with thin taillights that sum up the shape: tinged with vintage, but not haunted by it. 

Inside, the Outlander’s dressed and blessed with a straightforward horizontal dash design, capped by a stand-up touchscreen and framed by piano-black or aluminum trim. The center console sports a knobby gear selector and a round drive-mode selector. Diamond shapes abound, to go with the three in the logo.

The Outlander’s new drivetrain’s barely out of the bubble wrap, but it seems…familiar. It’s a 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 181 hp, coupled to a continuously variable transmission with eight pre-programmed ratios. EPA fuel-economy numbers are still to come. 

Front-wheel drive’s standard and comes with five driver-selectable modes; an all-wheel-drive system gets the same drive mode selector to tailor traction needs to six programs: Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, and Mud. The Outlander’s suspension is a mix of front struts and an independent multi-link rear setup. Steering’s powered by an electric motor.

By the numbers, the 2022 Outlander checks in at 185.4 inches long, 73.3 inches wide, 68.8 inches tall, with a 106.5-inch wheelbase. That’s 2.0 inches wider than before, with about an inch more leg room in the front two rows. Its more spacious interior grants the new Outlander seating for up to seven passengers, though the front seats will be the most comfortable. A power driver seat is standard, while heated front and second-row seats are an option. The rear two rows fold nearly flat to boost cargo space, but U.S. specs for volume haven’t been released.

On the safety front, the Outlander has standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, hill descent control, and trailer-sway control; options include adaptive cruise control and active lane control. 

The Outlander ES comes with a third-row bench seat, power features, cloth upholstery, and 18-inch wheels. On the options list, or standard on some trims: a 9.0-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, 20-inch wheels, a 10.8-inch head-up display, suede upholstery or semi-aniline leather, 10-speaker Bose audio, a panoramic sunroof, and a power tailgate.

How much does the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander cost?

Base 2022 Outlanders come in at $26,990. Sales begin in April 2021; it’s likely the most expensive versions will exceed $35,000.

Where is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander made?

In Japan.

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