2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row)

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover (3-Row): 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn't always get the attention of other SUVs in its segment, but there is one aspect where it stands above the rest: its 5-year ownership cost. For families on a tight budget that are looking for a 3-row SUV, the 2019 Outlander remains a standout.

The Outlander's long-term affordability story begins with its starting price. At $24,695, this Mitsubishi is among the least-expensive new 7-passenger SUVs you can buy. Then there's this crossover SUV's enviable warranty: With 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain, it inspires confidence in the long-run.

Speaking of powertrains, the Outlander has something special to offer here, too. The optional V6 would be our powertrain of choice for regularly hauling families, though the standard 4-cylinder boasts up to 30 mpg. For those who really prioritize efficiency, the Outlander is the only vehicle in its class to offer a plug-in hybrid variant. That Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV variant earns an astounding 74 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

No matter which Mitsubishi Outlander trim you choose, you'll get appreciable features like standard 3-row/7-passenger seating, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control. For extra money, the Outlander can be outfitted with features like Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and active safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$38,058
as of January 1, 2019

2nd Place Finisher: 2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Kia Sorento
5-Year Cost to Own: $40,653
as of January 1, 2019

With standard seating for seven and its own 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the Kia Sorento stands out for its features, style and value.


3rd Place Finisher: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
5-Year Cost to Own: $43,198
as of January 1, 2019

Though the 7-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe XL will be replaced by the Palisade, it still represents a lot of vehicle for the money.


Other Category Winners

See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2018 | 2017 | 2016
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