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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview
Mitsubishi’s lineup in the U.S. market is down to a handful of small SUVs and a little economy car called the Mirage. The Outlander is a compact crossover; it’s currently the biggest vehicle you can buy in this country with a Mitsubishi badge. The current iteration has been around since 2013, and changes for 2019 remain minimal. They include tweaks to the headlights, grille, and door panels. New additions include 18-inch alloy wheels for all trims, more comfortable seats, illumination for the window switches, a new display screen, and a tire repair kit. According to Mitsubishi, the 2019 Outlander is also quieter. Available trims are ES, SE, SEL, and GT. A separate plug-in hybrid model, the Outlander PHEV, is also available. A separate preview covers this model.
All Outlanders, other than the range-topping GT model, come with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that makes 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The standard transmission is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Four-cylinder Outlanders offer either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The Outlander GT is the only model that gets the peppier V6 engine. It's a 3.0-liter unit that makes 224 hp and 215 lb-ft. Both engines are older designs, which is reflected in their fuel economy figures. Four-cylinder Outlanders with FWD will manage 24 mpg city, 30 highway, and 27 combined. With AWD, they will return 24 mpg city, 29 highway, and 26 combined. The V6 GTs, available only with AWD, will manage 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined and will need premium gas. While none of these figures are bad, there are other efficient, small-displacement turbo engines on the market today.
Standard features for all Outlanders include dual-zone automatic climate control; rear air vents; a USB port; a 7.0-inch display screen; and power operated, heated outside mirrors. Stepping up from the ES to the SE model adds power and heated front seats, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob. The SEL is the top-spec four-cylinder Outlander; it adds leather seats and a power remote liftgate, plus available options like heated steering wheel, multiview camera, power glass sunroof with sunshade, and a 9-speaker premium stereo. The GT adds most of the SEL’s options as standard equipment, along with the V6 engine and standard AWD.
When equipped with all its active safety features, the 2018 Outlander earned coveted Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); with few changes to the 2019 model, we expect the ratings to apply to the latter model as well. While hill-start assist is standard, buyers have to step up to the SE model to gain access to blind-spot warning and lane-change assist. For more advanced features, like forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams, shoppers will need to look at the SEL and GT trims.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a competitively priced compact crossover, yet it doesn’t stand out from its competitors or do anything uniquely well -- but it has enough features and utility for most situations and is a good daily driver for a single commuter or a small family.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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