Used 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV
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While the previous-generation Mitsubishi Outlander never amounted to much more than basic transportation in the shape of an SUV, the 2008 model makes a compelling alternative to the category's best. Completely new last year and based on the same platform that's used for the Lancer sedan (and the hot-performing Evo sport variant), the sportier and more powerful Outlander is transformed most significantly by a huge leap in refinement. Combined with available features that include a hard drive-based navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 650-watt audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and keyless entry and start, it wouldn't have been surprising if Mitsubishi had given its compact crossover a new name altogether. Like the latest Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Outlander also offers a small, "just in case" third-row seat.
You'll Like This Car If...
Arguably the most tech-savvy vehicle in the category, the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is further distinguished by a combination of energetic driving dynamics and an available third-row seat.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you'll be using a third-row seat with any regularity, you'll definitely want something bigger. While the stable and confident Outlander isn't one to turn its nose up at a little enthusiastic driving, it's not as sporty as the Mazda CX-7, for instance.
What's New for 2008
Big changes for the relatively new Outlander include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with CVT automatic transmission on ES trim levels (replacing the standard V6), heated side mirrors on four-wheel-drive models and a keyless remote fob for the ES trim. LS and XLS trims receive an auxiliary audio input jack, while XLS trims receive new 18-inch wheels. The sliding second-row seat feature has been deleted from ES and LS trims.
While the sportiest crossovers on the market can actually encourage spirited driving, the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander tends to simply tolerate such frivolity. Still, that's enough to qualify it as livelier than most. Excellent steering and brake feel, a well-tuned suspension and supportive front seats combine to deliver a balance of comfort and confidence that will accommodate a range of driving styles. Even when we had to use all the available horsepower to do so, the Outlander never had trouble merging or passing. Not surprisingly, we had the most fun in the most expensive model -- a four-wheel-drive XLS -- which seems to handle corners more responsively than front-wheel-drive models and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
30-Gigabyte Hard Drive
The Outlander's hard drive-based navigation system is refreshingly quicker and more responsive than more common DVD-based units. It also allows you to store up to six gigabytes of digital music.
Keyless Entry and Start
The available FAST Key system lets you unlock and start the Outlander without even touching the key/transmitter.
By several measurements, the Outlander's available third-row seating area is the smallest in the category. For a group trip that includes one or two kids, however, that extra capacity is enough to turn a two-car convoy into a single-vehicle jaunt. By collapsing flat into the cargo floor when not in use, it's basically a "why not?" feature (and one that's available only on the top-line XLS model). For their parts, second-row passengers in the XLS can slide and recline their way to maximum comfort. Well-bolstered front seats and a very modern instrument panel with a technical aspect to its appearance further the new Outlander's more vigorous, even athletic demeanor.
Parked next to its predecessor, the second-generation Outlander commands a much larger presence than its increases of four inches in length and one inch in width would suggest. LED taillamps and available HID headlamps help communicate the new level of refinement, while an innovative "flap-fold" two-piece tailgate -- with a bottom section that folds level with an already low load floor -- provides for easy cargo loading and unloading. It also functions well as a bench or table for outdoor activities. The wheel lineup ranges from 16-inch steel wheels to 18-inch alloys, and top-line XLS models can be identified by silver-painted door handles, bumper extensions and roof rails, plus dual exhaust outlets.
Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment included on the base Outlander ES includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, engine immobilizer and an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3 audio system. Standard safety equipment includes Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags. The LS trim adds the 3.0-liter V6 engine and a variety of other features. The top-line XLS trim adds 18-inch wheels, Sportronic shift paddles, automatic climate control, fog lights and Bluetooth.
Notable Optional Equipment
The Outlander's premium-like list of optional equipment is, for the most part, in packages, and includes leather seats, heated seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, hard drive-based navigation and audio system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, FAST Key keyless entry and start, 650-Watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an auxiliary audio input.
Under the Hood
The 3.0-liter V6 isn't the most powerful in the category, but, by generating 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm, it's responsive around town. The base 2.4-liter engine and CVT transmission help reduce the price, but seem to sacrifice a good deal of power for not much better fuel economy. Power is routed to the wheels via a manually selectable six-speed automatic transmission with available steering column-mounted paddle shifters. The Outlander is available in front-wheel drive or three-mode four-wheel drive (FWD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Lock), both with electronic traction control. Towing capacity is rated at up to 3,500 pounds.
2.4-liter in-line four
168 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (2WD), 20/25 (4WD)
220 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
204 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (2WD), 17/24 (4WD)
The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES' Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $20,500 and, in XLS trim, will top $35,000 when fully outfitted. We expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world selling prices slightly lower than those sticker prices. Toyota RAV4 prices range from about $22,000 (four-cylinder) to over $30,000, while Hyundai Santa Fe MSRPs range from $22,000 (manual transmission) to more than $30,000. We don't expect the Outlander to maintain resale value as well as the exceptionally resilient RAV4 or even the Santa Fe.
Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reviews
January 17, 2018
I love this car!
I bought my 2009 Outlander used in 2011. Its been one of the best purchases Ive ever made. In the six years Ive driven it, it has never...
June 09, 2016
Great Value for a Crossover
My parents bought a 2009 Outlander new. They got the base model since my dad is not a fan of paying more for extra features; "More...
March 20, 2016
One of the best but not so popular SUV: 2008XLS
One of the best but not so popular SUV: I’m super happy with my 2008 Outlander XLS. Stylish, fuel efficient, powerful enough for most...
December 01, 2015
Excellent value for the money.
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...
November 11, 2015
Reliable, nimble, all arounder
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...
October 22, 2015
Best I Have Ever Owned
I never expected this vehicle would exceed my expectations but it has. At 170,000 plus miles I have never experienced a single instance...
September 15, 2015
Best car I've ever owned!
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...
June 25, 2015
Lot of bang for the buck
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...
Albert Owner 2007
June 03, 2015
good car, good gas mileage, comfortable, motor V6
good car, good gas mileage, comfortable, its V6 engine provides excellent response when we need to use its power; in general, is a...
May 21, 2015
Gas mileage is great since I run it in 2WD most of the year. Only problem has been the fuel door freezes up in winter. Have to pound on...