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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
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 41 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

In a (segment) class by itself in America

By on Saturday, July 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Amazing value and warranty, no direct competitor"

Cons: "No rear AC, DRL disabled, no auto lock, thirsty V6"

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

"It took me a year to decide to buy this car. I have the GT trim with v6. I waited so I could test drive the new cx-9. I'd already checked out the other 2 and 3 row crossovers. Pilot, crv, highlander, rav4, Sorrento, santa Fe, explorer, cx-5, etc. I tried a lot of cars. The outlander is 185" long. That's about 10" shorter than the Honda pilot. About 5" more than the crv. That puts it closer to the 2 row crossovers class than the 3 rows. So it's a compact that also offers a 3rd row. The only competitor in America is the Rogue, which doesn't come with a v6. The mazda5 is discontinued here. So you can't really compare it with the largest vehicles. It's not meant to be that. In asia you have many choices like the Honda stream and Toyota wish which are not sold here. The outlander is the perfect vehicle if you live in an old city like Philadelphia. Small streets, small garages and challenging parallel parking. My old Honda accord was slightly longer and didn't have a 3rd row. Now I even have a backup camera. No more accidentally bumping other vehicles. The 3rd row is for kids obviously. Do you live in a household that has 7 full size adults? If you do, then this car is not for you. But for families with 3-4 kids, this is great. Access to the 3rd row is a little tight but kids can easily get back there. I bought this because grandparents come to visit and it's great to have them and 2 kids in one car for dinner. I think the outlander gets bad reviews because reviewers are trying to fit this car into categories which it doesn't fit. On its own merit, the outlander has unrivalled value. The v6 is powerful enough. I haven't done a 0-60 but it merges into the highway much easier than my accord 4cyl. So it has to be below 8 secs 0-60. The ride is comfortable and handling is good. The steering is a little light. Not great for highway but perfect for city. The turning radius beats all 3 row vehicles. Then the nice stuff. Fosgate 700watt stereo with touchscreen, backup camera, auto dimming rear view mirror, power folding heated side mirror, wiper deicer, power tailgate, keyless entry, S-AWC, leather, flat folding seats, sunroof, etc. that's a lot of stuff you're getting for around $30,000. Plus the GT comes with a 6speed auto and not cvt. MPG on the highway is accurate at 27mpg but it's a bit brutal in the city. I get about 15mpg but my commute is only 3 miles of stop signs and traffic lights. So it is what it is. I'm happy to accept that. The daytime running lights are disabled for America. You can turn it on via ETACS. Don't know why Mitsubishi would disable a safety feature. The paint is also kinda thin. I'm going to get opticoat pro plus to preserve it. My GT came with remote start and I thought I'd never use it but we've had consecutive 95+ weather and it's been really awesome to have it. The range is pretty good too. Bottom line, if you live in a tight spaces and need to haul people, this is the vehicle for you. Comes with 10/100,000 power train warranty. 5/60,000 bumper to bumper. No I'm not a Mitsubishi salesperson. We are a Honda family, owned Crv, accord, civic, Integra. I made a leap of faith after considering every option on the market and I am happy I bought this car."

the experts don't know what there talking about!

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Look I'm in my 50'S not 24, I don't need a SUV that does 0 to 60 in 5 sec. I want something that gets at least 27 mpg, reliable, comfortable and coast value. I've owned Mitsubishi products in the past and I have been happy with them. My Diamonta got bad reviews and it out lasted my friends newer Camry. I've owned this vehical for 5200 miles now I get on the average 30 mpg and it rides nice. the only problem I've found was paint chips on the hood because of the way the nose slopes. I put a bug guard on it ,that solved the problem."

Huge Value for the Road Superb Quality!!

By on Monday, July 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Value, Warranty , Best price, 4 wheel"

Cons: "Nothing really. Very happy"

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

"This is our second Outlander. We just purchased a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4 cylinder with a Touring Package. Amazing vehicle!! Fuel mileage is approximately 9L/100 km very very good for a vehicle of this size. Great for long cruises and around the city. The price is unbeatable for what you get in this car! Also a 10 year warranty on it how can you go wrong. I do recommend getting the Touring package with sunroof and backup camera for only $1700 or even a premium package with leather."

Gas Mileage : 32.72 - 445 Miles in 13.6 Gallons

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

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
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good Mileage - Value for money"

Cons: "Last row not that comfortable for adults."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Outlander ES : Got 32.72 gas mileage per gallon - 445 Miles in 13.6 Gallons on a long drive on ECO Mode ON And Cruise Control ON I own this Outlander ES for 18 months with 19000 miles on it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great Value!!

By on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Terrific price, excellent gas mileage"

Cons: "3rd row seat is small but great for kids"

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

"We traded in our 2014 Honda CRV for a 2016 Outlander SE, so far we are verfy impressed by the Outlander, the fuel economy is 3 MPG more than our CRV, the seats are more comfortable and we have more room. The Outlander is easy to drive and my kid loves all of the features of the car. I highly recommend testing 1 for your self and seeing how it stacks up to other cars like a Nissan Rogue or Kia Sorrento which are both 10,000 more than the Outlander!"

Beyond my expectations!

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Versatility of seating, smooth ride, comfortable"

Cons: "Deforst vent for windshield too small"

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

"So I researched this car for several months before finally purchasing. I looked at the 2014 models which I loved but just couldn't pull the trigger. I found a 2015 model with just over 5k miles and sold as a used car though it was almost new. I jumped on the deal and I'm so happy I did. I love the versatility of this vehicle. Recently, we took it for a weekend road trip where we lowered both the 3rd row and 2nd row and slept in the car which was great. I also found that you can lay the front seats all the way back so they are even with the seat of the middle row making it so you can sit in the back seat with your legs stretched out over the front seats (great for drive in movies!). I don't think I will ever buy any other brand. I love this car and I've had many cars. Everyone I've talked to that's owned one has loved it as well. The only issue I have with this car is the windshield defrost vents. I live in an area that gets pretty decent winters. The vents under the windshield do not stretch across the entire windshield making it longer to defrost the window. Not a huge deal though."

16 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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