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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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As one of the larger vehicles in its segment, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander strikes a satisfying balance between compact and mid-size SUVs. The Outlander differentiates itself from the competition with an array of optional tech features along with aggressive styling, generous cargo space and available seating for seven. While its bold exterior design can certainly talk the talk, the Mitsubishi Outlander also walks the walk thanks to a sport-tuned suspension system, lightweight aluminum roof and available all-wheel drive (AWD) with three driver-selectable modes.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a small SUV with one of the most spacious cargo areas in the category, an optional third-row seat and arguably the best all-wheel-drive system available for a non-luxury vehicle, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is worth your consideration.

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While the Outlander returns adequate fuel economy figures, the Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Equinox and the all-new Mazda CX-5 deliver greater fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the Outlander's taut suspension may be unsettling for drivers looking for a more relaxed, forgiving ride.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the Mitsubishi Outlander adds a new ECO indicator light that illuminates when the vehicle is being driven at peak efficiency and shows you when your right foot is getting the upper hand. Additionally, Premium and Touring packages now integrates the backup camera display into the rearview mirror.

Driving the Outlander

Driving Impressions On the road, the Mitsubishi Outlander's excellent steering and brake feel, sport-tuned suspension and supportive front seats deliver a balance of comfort and confidence that will accommodate a range of...

driving styles. And though many of its competitors like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape can tackle road imperfections with greater poise, we found the Outlander's lively handling characteristics to be worth the insignificant drop in ride quality. While the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is right-sized for basic daily driving tasks, most will find the available 230-horsepower V6 is more accommodating to heavy loads and spirited driving. On the fuel economy front, 2012 Outlander GT models offer a unique piece of fuel-saving technology called Idle Neutral Logic that automatically shifts the transmission into neutral when the vehicle arrives at a complete stop.

Fuse Voice Recognition
Similar to Ford's voice-activated Sync system, Mitsubishi's Fuse allows voice control of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones for hands-free phone capability as well as streaming audio. The system also provides advanced voice recognition commands for iPods, including Genre, Artist, Album or Playlist.

Flap-Fold Liftgate
An SUV with an abundance of cargo space and fold-flat seating is great for large cumbersome objects, but a protruding rear bumper can make loading such cargo an aggravating experience. Every 2012 Outlander features a unique tailgate-style rear bumper that folds level with the cargo floor, making it easier to slide bulky objects in and out.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Details
Interior

Inside the Mitsubishi Outlander is a clean layout with distinguishable controls and plentiful storage space. With the rear seats folded, the Outlander can accommodate nearly 73 cubic feet of cargo – comparable to the class-leading Toyota RAV4. The Outlander's versatile interior offers a variety of configurations for occupants and their gear, including a 60/40 split/fold-flat rear seat with a sliding function for enhanced passenger comfort and a small, yet handy, stowable third-row seat for SE and GT trims. The Outlander's principal shortcoming would be the ES and SE model's abundance of hard plastics and flat surfaces that emit a budget feel when compared to competitors like the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the new Ford Escape.

Exterior

The 2012 Outlander commands a much larger presence than most vehicles in this category, led by its "jet fighter"-inspired trapezoidal grille and bulging fender arches. LED taillights and available xenon headlights (standard on GT trims) help communicate a level of refinement while GT models enhance the Outlander's athletic demeanor with a pair of chrome exhaust tips and a black-out front bumper insert. The wheel lineup ranges from the ES grade's 16-inch steel wheels to the 18-inch 7-spoke alloys found on SE and GT models.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is offered in three trims: ES, SE and GT. Standard across the board is rear privacy glass, LED taillights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 60/40 split/fold-flat second-row seat and auto-off headlights. SE models add magnesium paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, a Fast Key entry and starting system – the key fob never needs to leave your pocket or bag – and a fold-flat third-row seat. The range-topping GT models add a 230-horsepower V6 engine, xenon headlights that are up to three times brighter than conventional halogen bulbs, and automatic climate control. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints and a reinforced body structure for enhanced collision protection.

Optional Equipment

All Outlander trims offer an available 40GB hard drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones, and Mitsubishi's Fuse voice recognition system. SE and GT models offer all-wheel drive, a rear backup camera, a power tilt/slide moonroof, and a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system with a 10-inch subwoofer. The GT's exclusive Touring Package includes leather-trimmed seating, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

Under the Hood

Mitsubishi provides a choice of a 168-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, or a more powerful 230-horsepower V6. Despite the Outlander GT's fuel-saving Neutral Idle Control feature, ES and SE models and their 4-cylinder powerplants deliver an observable increase in fuel economy over the V6. The 4-cylinder engine drives through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) while the V6 is fitted to a manually selectable 6-speed automatic accompanied by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Outlander ES and SE
2.4-liter inline-4
168 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
167 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/27 mpg (AWD)

Outlander GT
3.0-liter V6
230 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
215 lb-ft of torque @ 3,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/25 mpg (AWD)

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 236 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Excellent value for the money.

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Roomy, economical, good looking, affordable."

Cons: "Third row seat of limited use."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has met or exceeded expectations. Hard to believe it is the same overall size as the CR-V. Feels much larger. V6 provides plenty of punch. Would prefer less torque in the steering, especially when passing, but the engine and transmission are generally well mated. Third row seat is oversold; useful only for small people. Tailgate helps in loading heavy items. Overall, love it."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

great ride

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Milege, comfort,"

Cons: "Needs a little better insulation from road noise."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"When I changed from the original tires to a bit fatter, the ride improved from truck to car (sound and ride). Seems to be underrated by the pro reviewers. Get a true 22.5 mpg in city and 28 on the hwy. Third seat is sort of a joke - for small kids only. Tows trailer with ease. Might shift down a little too much during hill climbing. Interior is only OK. Absolutely no mechanical problems so far. Sound system good, handling good, driving easy. Too expensive to update GPS"

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Reliable, nimble, all arounder

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable, value, power, utility"

Cons: "road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned my outlander for 5 years now and I am so happy I purchased it years ago. It's only in the shop for routine maintenance, it has a fabulous engine that MOOVES and the drop down tail-gate has come in handy for countless grocery runs, camping trips, and neighborhood chats. It is not the most soundless cabin and the interior is definitely has economy finishes but if you are looking for an incredibly reliable, hardworking car with moderate comfort and the pickup and go you need to navigate crowded highways, then the mitsubishi outlander is the right car for you."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best I Have Ever Owned

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Engine longetivity and V6 power"

Cons: "None really"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

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"I never expected this vehicle would exceed my expectations but it has. At 170,000 plus miles I have never experienced a single instance of a problem. Nothing, not even a light bulb burn out. I finally replaced the spark plugs at 130,000 miles only to find out the originals were still in decent shape but at $14 dollars a plug x 6 and the only option it was pricey I thought. The dealer had to install it since it requires removal of the intake manifold. One note for engine longevity is I started using synthetic the week I bought it new. I pull a 3500 lb enclosed trailer for the past 7 years and it still pulls as strong as it did when I bought it. The interior is immaculate with no noticeable deterioration. This is a true snow machine and will run circles in the snow around most other suv/cuv. And I have driven most. Mitsubishi excels in AWD area. The AWD and 4WD lock are amazing. It has never failed to get me to my destination even pushing snow with the bumper. So what else to say, nothing bad. I put a lot of miles on vehicles like this and usually trade in at 60,000 miles. I decided to keep this as my backup. Have had numerous offers from locals and a dealer who know the secret of this vehicles longevity and like the shark nose and sporty look. I bought a 2014 Ford Escape with the turbo upgrade but it will never replace this. I wish the body style had followed the 2007 but I may trade the Ford in on the new designed Mitusbishi 2016. If it is anything like the 2007, I will be happy. So if you can find a 2007 buy it! Otherwise take a chance on the 2016. I will let you know my results if I end up buying one. The 2007 will be with me till its end. I have never posted about any of my past vehicles but this one was the exeption. I will upgrade the pic I put up with my own to show how well it holds up to the 170000 miles."

13 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Sample of the look, make, model, year

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price is right and has all the right features"

Cons: "Only the one safety recall"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My only complaint, which is why I didn't rate reliability as a 10, is that I had a safety recall on the ac blower but it was fixed for free. Other than that, I bought my 2010 Outlander used for about $8k. I got mine for a steel! I had only about 119k miles on her and to top it off it had all the proper maintenance done and it was the XLS trim with the 3.0 v6! The dealership really didn't know what they had. I have driven it all the way from Florida to D.C. with no issues. She drives like she's new and has been more than what I expected! I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a small suv that is sporty yet functional."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Lot of bang for the buck

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "looks great no mechanical problems"

Cons: "uses premium gas"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car new off the dealers lot. Was loaded and end of the model year and got a great deal on it. Have had it 41/2 yrs now. Have never had new brakes with over 62,000 miles on it and dealer report brakes at over 50% still. Handles well and 6 cy engine provides plenty of power On a recent 140 mile trip, MPG was over 40. Usually in the high 20's for highway driving. My previous car was a Lexus and this car has features the Lexus didn't. The ability to aim the headlights from controls inside the car is one. Just love the way it looks and drives."

15 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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