- Cabin is smartly designed with well-placed cubbies and storage.
- Exceedingly good safety ratings.
- Economical plugin hybrid model.
- Base engine feels a little wanting in power.
- Cramped third-row seat.
- Interior materials lack appeal.
Would we buy one? No.
Vehicle Type: Four-door midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to 7.
Price Range: Mitsubishi Outlander ES base pricing is $24,895 MSRP starting, going to $33,745 MSRP starting for the top-tier model.
All pricing is before options and includes a destination charge of $1,095.
Powertrain: A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 148 horsepower and 145 pound-foot of torque or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 166 horsepower and 162 pound-foot of torque.
A 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine making 224 horsepower and 215 pound-foot of torque is also available.
Front-wheel-drive with variable automatic transmission (CVT) six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed regular automatic is available. All-wheel-drive is an option as well.
Competitors: Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Kia Soul, Hyundai Venue, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Overall Score: 7.3/10
Safety Features: 9/10
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander may have some flaws, but safety was a top priority for Mitsubishi. The Outlander is a very safe SUV amongst rivals in the segment.
All models including the base ES get standard safety features like rear door child safety locks, airbags, stability control, and automatic led headlights.
For more active safety equipment and features, look to the higher-tier trim levels, which offer a suite of enhanced features.
The upgraded LE, SEL, and Outlander GT model trims get blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision mitigation, and automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, lane change assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. A multi-view camera system and automatic high beams are also available for increased visibility.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the AWD Outlander 2020 five out of five stars, and the two-wheel four out of five stars in crash tests. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the Outlander Top Safety Pick.
If you are looking for an economical and basic SUV with standard features, fewer bells and whistles, and more day to day practicality, the Outlander might be a decent choice.
There are 6 trim levels for the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander:
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES starts at $24,895 MSRP, with the Outlander SE next up at $26,095 MSRP.
Mid and higher-tier trims are the Mitsubishi Outlander LE starting at $27,295 MSRP, Mitsubishi Outlander SP $28,495 MSRP, the Mitsubishi Outlander SEL pricing at $36,295 MSRP starting and finally, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT starting at $33,745 MSRP.
Keep in mind that these prices do include a destination charge and are before options.
If it were up to us, we would stick with the lower-tier trims with this one. The ES is a great value, no-frills everyday use midsize SUV. There is not a whole lot to be gained from the higher-tier trims except the SEL and GTs PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) configuration, which is notable.
Tech Features: 7/10
The Outlander could use a refresh with its infotainment system. Many rivals in the segment like the Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota RAV4 offer more attractive connectivity and multimedia options. Still, if you just need the basics, the Outlander's infotainment system with a standard audio system can satisfy most consumer needs.
All trims get more USB ports for the rear seat, and trims above the ES get an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjustable driver's seat, LED lights, audio sound system, automatic climate control, fog lights, heated steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and Apple CarPlay functionality, and satellite radio.
For 2020, the Mitsubishi Outlander has remained relatively the same as previous model years in how it manages cargo and interior storage options.
Cargo space is at 63.3 cubic feet with rear seats folded down, which makes the Outlander pretty average in the segment.
Rear seats are comfortable enough, but the third row is a little tight. Headroom and legroom are adequate in the second-row seat. Front seating fares better with seat adjustments and decent legroom.
Styling & Design: 8/10
The new 18-inch alloy wheel design, plus the more refined general exterior body style over the previous model year, help the Outlander gain some makeover points.
Overall, it feels like Mitsubishi has been trying to find a footing in the crossover SUV market for some time, and maybe the ho-hum 2020 Outlander design can be forgiven a little with this consideration in mind.
Some attractive new touches like the special-edition SP trim with black exterior accents add some new style. The heated front seats and sunroof add a touch of luxury.
Driving Experience: 7/10
Mitsubishi delivers a mixed bag of tepid driving dynamics and some err in performance, with somewhat redeeming high notes, when it comes to how the Outlander drives.
We found the suspension to be a bit mushy and the cornering felt a little uncertain, even for our adventurous appetite. The weak 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two-wheel drivetrain configuration is disappointing and lacks character as does the 2.4-liter engine.
While the Outlander is no master of handling among rival midsize SUVs like its more capable competitors, the Mazda CX-3 and the Toyota RAV4, it still manages to hold its rank in the segment.
Fuel Efficiency: 8/10
Fuel economy is on par with competitors in the segment. The Outlander PHEV hybrid offers fuel-conscious shoppers an efficient cost-saving alternative to the gas versions.
The EPA estimated gas mileage is 24/30/27 MPG for the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine two-wheel drive Sport. The 2.4-liter gets a mile uptick for city miles.
Gas mileage is 23/28/25 MPG estimated EPA for the 2.4-liter AWD Sport with the 2.0-liter AWD Sport gaining a mile.
The 3.0-liter V6 engine with the AWD set up gets 20/27/22 MPG city/hwy/combined.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV electric plug-in hybrid gets 22 miles of all-electric range and 74 MPGe.