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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.0

With veteran players such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 – not to mention newer rivals like Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe – the compact crossover SUV segment is among the most competitive for automakers. Among those battling the established players is the Mitsubishi Outlander. Now in its third generation and all-new for 2014, the Outlander is a capable SUV that offers commendable fuel economy, high-tech safety features and a long warranty. The Outlander's exterior now has a more rounded, conservative look that differs from its past angular and aggressive design. The Outlander still lacks the power, refinement and name recognition of competitors, but stands out with standard seating for seven and a starting price under $24,000.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a smaller SUV with seating for seven and commendable fuel economy, the 2014 Outlander is worth considering. Outlanders are also noteworthy for their impressive warranty, available safety features like automatic braking and lane-departure warning, and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that's very adept in the snow.

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The Outlander isn't the most powerful or most refined crossover SUV on the market. The Kia Sorento also has seating for seven but more potent engine choices, better amenities, and a more comfortable ride than the Mitsubishi.

What's New for 2014

The Mitsubishi Outlander is all-new for 2014 with a fresh exterior and interior, improved fuel economy, and available safety features that include lane-departure warning and automatic braking. Gone is the past Outlander's innovative 2-piece tailgate design, replaced by a traditional liftgate with optional power operation.

Driving the Outlander

Driving Impressions The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has two engine choices to get it moving: a 166-horsepower 4-cylinder or a 224-horsepower V6. Driving each version back-to-back, we didn't notice a startling difference when...

it came to passing power and acceleration. That's not so much a nick against the V6 and its 6-speed automatic transmission as it is a testament to how well the 4-cylinder works with the Outlander's continuously variable transmission (CVT). Still, if you regularly carry multiple passengers or need to tow more than 1,500 pounds, the V6 is the better choice. Steering is decently weighted, but the Outlander isn't much fun on twisty roads like more dynamic vehicles such as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape. On smooth highways, the Outlander is a comfortable cruiser. The optional lane-departure warning system works well, but we quickly turned it off on twisty roads due to its sensitivity. The Outlander's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system made for surprisingly composed off-road driving.

ADVANCED SAFETY FEATURES
Not long ago, systems that could warn drivers drifting into another lane or that had the ability to automatically stop a car from rear-ending another were the domain of luxury models. Both features are now available in the all-new Outlander. We tested these systems and were impressed with their responsiveness.

IMPRESSIVE AUDIO SYSTEM
We've long been fans of Mitsubishi's available Rockford-Fosgate premium audio. That system now has a welcome feature called Dolby Volume, which analyzes incoming music and evens out sound levels across devices. This way, you won't be blasted out of the vehicle when one recording is quiet and the next one isn't.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Details
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander photo Interior

All 2014 Mitsubishi Outlanders have seating for seven across three rows. The third row is very small. When not in use it folds flat. Though not as cavernous as the past Outlander's cargo hold, space is still adequate in the more streamlined 2014 version. Folding all rear seats creates over 63 cubic feet of room. Up front, the dash and controls are clean and simple, but rather plain. The "soft-touch" dash materials are just barely that. Base ES models are even drabber, with dead spots taking the place of buttons reserved for higher trims. The available fake wood trim works, but the faux carbon-fiber accents don't.

Exterior
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander photo

The 2014 Outlander wears all-new and much different sheet metal than its predecessor. Though nearly the same size as the last-generation version, the new Outlander is defined by curves, not angles. Instead of sporting the sharp lines and attitude of the previous generation, the new Outlander now blends in with others in this segment. Call it the mainstreaming of Mitsubishi. Another major departure is in back. Gone is the helpful split-opening liftgate and tailgate that made loading a snap, replaced by a one-piece liftgate in the new Outlander. The tradeoff offers ease in its own right with optional power opening and closing.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Outlander is available in three trims: ES, SE and GT. Base ES models are the least expensive and come with automatic climate control, keyless entry, a 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, and 16-inch steel wheels. SE and GT models come much better equipped with heated front seats, a color information screen, 18-inch wheels, a touch-based audio system, dual-zone climate control, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Those two higher trims also receive a standard backup camera. GT models come with all-wheel drive and a V6 engine in place of the 4-cylinder, rain-sensing wipers, and paddles for manual shifting. 2014 Outlanders carry Mitsubishi's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Optional Equipment

Among the more impressive options available in the 2014 Outlander are its forward-collision mitigation system and lane-departure warning, two advanced safety features that can prevent an accident. Thankfully, you don't have to buy a pricier top-end GT model to obtain these features – they are available in the mid-level SE trim, bundled in the Touring Package. The package also includes navigation, a power driver's seat, adaptive cruise control, a power sunroof, leather upholstery, and a power tailgate. Music lovers will enjoy the punch of the available 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system with nine speakers and a built-in subwoofer.

Under the Hood

Outlander ES and SE models use a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 166 horsepower and powers either the front wheels or all four. The fuel-efficient engine runs on regular unleaded and has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. The Outlander GT uses a 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 224 horsepower and comes standard with all-wheel drive. That more powerful engine uses premium gasoline and has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds. All Outlanders are equipped with automatic transmissions, either a CVT in 4-cylinder versions or a 6-speed automatic when equipped with the V6.

2.4-liter inline-4
166 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, estimated: 25/31 mpg (front-wheel drive), 24/29 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.0-liter V6
224 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
214 lb-ft of torque @ 3,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, estimated: 20/28 mpg

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 33 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Worst deal I ever made

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Cons: "Don't waste your money."

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

"I owned and loved my 2007 Outlander. My favorite feature was the split tailgate assembly. As an older woman it was convenient for loading and unloading and easier to lift. I will never know why Mitsubishi discontinued it. I usually study Consumer Reports before buying a car but didn't because I trusted Mitsubishi. After I purchased this one I discovered that their reviews of the 2014 didn't compare with those for the 2007. I didn't need a 3rd seat and will never use it. It should be an option. Acceleration is sluggish, noisy, and the ride is anything but smooth. This is my 3rd Mitsubishi but will be my last. I'm just waiting to trade it until I'm no longer upside down in the payments. Blue Book value after just 20 months is $15,000 less than I paid for it. Not a happy buyer."

Legendary reliability and performance

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I had known and driven Mitsu for quite a time even if I had owned some other brands. From owning the Lancer and the 07 Outlander. I had always enjoyed driving my Mitsu. I also take pride to have them even if others don't. I didn't have any major problems with Mitsu. I traded my old Outlander to the new 2016 last Sept 2015. Oh boy this vehicle was so much different from my previous. Mitsu really did their job. Its good that I chose the Outlander over the CRV/HRV and the Rogue. Just hoping that Mitsu will still consider a new Lancer Evo and bring the Pajero to North America. I had always said that "Those who knows what Mitsubishi are those who always consider Mitsubishi"."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Should Have Kept Shopping

By on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,100

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Good price, Smooth handling, good gas mileage"

Cons: "Convenience features are troublesome"

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

"This vehicle has been extremely disappointing thus far. It drives very smooth and quiet and handles corners with ease. The gas mileage is good - right up there with Honda! The price was also lower than many similar models. Unfortunately, that's where the joy ends. The more I drive it and use the convenience features, the more I am disappointed. The iPod interface is terrible even though my device and all generations of it are 'compatible'. Bluetooth is subpar. When making / receiving calls, it only plays out of one speaker. There are settings to fix but, apparently, my model can not change the settings. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi's customer care is of little help. This may be due to the amount of new features for 2016 but the lack of technical knowledge is astounding. I have experienced much better quality in lower trim packages with other brands. Most of the issues I am having are centered around the stereo (head unit) and how it controls the systems. Mitsubishi does not believe it to be defective but can not explain why it doesn't work. I have been to 2 dealerships trying to resolve the issues as well as multiple calls to customer care for help. Their people are friendly and try to help but the knowledge of the new systems within the vehicle is just not there. I am looking forward to the day I can trade it in. This will be my last Mitsubishi."

Spacious, economical, responsive SUV: Great Buy!

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "7 seater with enough capacity, awesome mileage: 3"

Cons: "none that i can think of"

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

"I purchase this beauty in late July 2015, brand new. I had to step outside and make my own decision because many friends and so called experts were spreading doubts about Mitsubishi. The main reason I went with Mitsubishi is that it had GREAT reputation in my home country and I am accustomed to see 1980ish pajeros still running good. Having owned this great SUV for about 5 months now I can attest to the fact that this is a great buy ( 7 seater with enough capacity, awesome mileage: 34 highway, 27 city ) and I'm happy that I went with my own decision. It has got all that is essential (you can read the features) and comfort. Plus, got 100k, to year warranty that says the trust the maker has about the brand. So for the na sayers out there, I suggest you to own this thing and then provide a independent, fair review."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Lost value

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "comfortable, good gas mileage"

Cons: "No change drawer, 3rd row seats are a hassle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I was shocked to learn that my 2 year old vehicle that I had paid $32,000 for had just been appraised at $13,500 to $14,000 trade-in. I would never have imagined that it would loose about $9,000 a year in value. I had a similar issue with a Mitsubishi Endeavor as well as a previous Outlander. Be prepared to take a huge loss on any Mitsubishi SUV when you buy one. Leasing looks the better deal to save you money in the long run."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

not a good car to own

By on Thursday, December 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"I own this vehicle and honestly had it a month and i cant stand it. Its small can drive comfortably and hard to find. I owned two trucks and this is my first and last hatchback. Wouldnt recomend it for any reason at all. To many blind spots and wipers dont want to clear window leaves streaks and harder to see out of. stupid car to buy wasted money on it."

11 people out of 42 found this review helpful

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