2022 Mitsubishi Outlander review: Going Rogue

Mitsubishi it does more than just cars. This Japanese conglomerate produces everything from televisions and satellites to air conditioners and even nuclear reactors. The triple diamond brand also claims to build the world’s only spiral escalator. But despite the innovative products in other areas, it has been a long time since I was able to recommend one of the Mitsubishi cars. The Outlander 2022, however, is so greatly improved that you should definitely add it to your SUV shopping list.

Like it

  • Third row seat as standard
  • Good fuel economy
  • User-friendly technology
  • Superb interior

I do not like

  • The third row seat is for children only
  • Not as sporty as it looks
  • It needs more oomph

Going Rogue

Mitsubishi has been allied with Nissan is Renault since 2016. Being part of this international automotive coalition allows the company to access all kinds of interesting things, such as platforms and technology. This is why the new Outlander is basically a Nissan Rogue under. The two vehicles have the same powertrain and larger dimensions, but are not carbon copies. The 2022 Outlander tuning is totally different and features unique interior materials. Another important distinction is the country of origin; the Outlander is assembled in Japan while the Rogue is screwed together in Tennessee.

Style is another thing that sets this Mitsu apart from its sister Nissan. The Outlander is slightly larger and much more attractive than before. I have to say this is a vehicle that looks much better in person than in the photos. The front end is much more three-dimensional than it appears on a computer monitor or phone screen.

Have we met before?

Excluding the plug-in hybrid variant, which is still the model of the previous generation (for now, at least), only one transmission is offered in the Mitsubishi Outlander of 2022: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder combined with a continuously variable transmission. If you know the Rogue, this thruster combination should be just as familiar. The engine delivers 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t enough. Driven normally, this result is perfectly fine and has no problem motivating the Outlander, but when you need to get busy or are carrying a full load, a little extra joy would be appreciated. At times, this Mitsubishi feels a step or three behind its turbocharged competitors, which include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V is Mazda CX-5.

As for fuel economy, the top-notch all-wheel drive model seen here stickers at 24 miles per gallon of city, 30mpg on the highway, and 26mpg combined. In mixed use, however, I got a better average of 30, which is quite remarkable.

Don’t expect underground fireworks here.

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Part of the reason this Mitsu is so cheap is that it is equipped with a CVT. These broadcasts are a great point of contention for many enthusiasts these days, and while you may not love them, this one works well enough for what it is, responding quickly to throttle inputs and simulating gearshifts under hard acceleration for a slightly more natural feel .

A classy cabin

The redesigned Outlander might be more attractive on the outside, but that’s only part of the story. Slip in and about five seconds is all it takes to realize this is a whole new breed of Mitsubishi, and it’s really cool. Seriously.

From the clean and elegant dashboard design to the comfortable first and second row seats to the freely employed high-quality materials, the interior of this SUV is absolutely gorgeous. This SEL model with Touring package features real aluminum trim on the center console, stunning contrast stitching and semi-aniline leather. I also love the subtle diamond texture designers added to the window switches, a pattern that echoes on the vent sliders, audio dials, and drive mode selector. Nothing in this SUV looks cheap or flimsy, although piano-like black accents ceaselessly attract dust and stains, so be aware of that and remember to bring wet wipes.

The interior of the new Outlander is beautifully crafted, with lots of premium materials and an attractive design.

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The Outlander’s front bucket seats are super comfortable, springy enough to cuddle your body yet are still very supportive not to cause undue fatigue on long journeys. The second row is also very comfortable, although a more legroom skosh would be nice. What sets this SUV apart from the competition is its standard third-row seat. This is a great feature to have, at least on paper, but it’s super small, something the people at Mitsu recognize. In fact, it’s only intended for kids, so don’t expect to cram your 6ft 4in tall uncle in there because it won’t end well.

Making life a little easier, there is technology aplenty in Outlander. Apple CarPlay it is standard across the board and on SE models and above it also connects wirelessly. Of course, Android Auto is supported, although you will need to bring a cable. If you’re wondering, USB Type A and Type C ports are offered. Low-end Outlanders come with an 8-inch infotainment screen, but this example features the 9-inch display, which comes with navigation built-in and a wireless charging pad. The infotainment system is, for the most part, quick and easy, which is all you can really ask for, so no complaints here. If you need more displays in your life, a 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster is available, as well as a 10.8-inch color head-up display.

Other available technologies include features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic warning and automatic high beam, but the Outlander can be equipped with many other services. And a must-have feature is Mi-Pilot Assist, basically the Mitsubishi version of Nissan’s excellent ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control system with lane centering. This feature works great, accurately draws road lines, and provides a very solid feel, far more so than competing systems. This basically makes the Outlander look like a guided missile when you activate the system.

This redesigned Outlander has some pretty attractive angles, don’t you think?

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Refined, not sporty

When you’re not living life at the Redline, this SUV’s interior is remarkably quiet, with minimal wind and road noise. In fact, it’s quiet enough to compete with some luxury cars, which is pretty shocking for a traditional SUV.

The Outlander’s steering is smooth and free of kickback, plus I love the thick rim of the steering wheel which is dressed in perforated leather in this example. My tester’s 20-inch wheels (18 are standard on the Outlander) also look crisp, but don’t degrade the ride quality too much. This car is reasonably solid but never offensive.

Mitsubishi wants to bill the Outlander as a sportier alternative to other SUVs, but it isn’t. This vehicle is comfortable, refined, and efficient, but it doesn’t actually feel any livelier than competing car-based commercial vehicles (especially when burying the throttle), which is fine. It drives well for what it is and there is generally little to complain about.

The 2022 Outlander is as good as anything else it competes with.

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Prices and availability

You can look for the Outlander 2022 at Mitsubishi dealerships very soon. The base price for a front-wheel drive ES model is around $ 27,000, but with the Touring package, a couple of options, and $ 1,195 in delivery charges, this SEL example costs $ 37,995, which is a piece of change to be safe. Justifying that price, however, the new Outlander is basically as good as anything else in its class and when you offer an excellent five-year / 60,000-mile warranty on new vehicles and a 10-year / 100,000-mile warranty on the engine, this Mitsubishi becomes all the more attractive.

Sure, I wish the Outlander had a little more taste for the powertrain and I don’t always love that CVT, but its refinement, beautiful interior, and loads of user-friendly tech are hard to argue. In fact, this SUV may be better than the Nissan Rogue it shares so much with, which is a big win for the Mitsubishi brand.

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