• 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

A well-loaded SUV with smart pricing but a lackluster engine and transmission

Mitsubishi revealed the 2022 Outlander which marks its fourth-generation in the U.S. It comes with a whole lot of changes on the outside and under the skin. The flagship vehicle rides on a new platform, is powered by a new engine, and is redesigned on the outside and inside. While there is only one engine and transmission option, you can have it with either a two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive layout. The 2022 Outlander will arrive at the dealerships in April 2021.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exterior

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exterior
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The new Outlander is built on the automaker’s new design philosophy called "I-Fu-Do-Do," which is Japanese for "authentic and majestic".

The SUV has come a long way since it was first launch Stateside almost two decades back. It looks super-butch overall irrespective of which angle you view it from. It comes with LED headlights and daytime running lights up front that make it look very sharp and aggressive.

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The SUV rides on new 20-inch wheels that look sweet. Some seven-seaters tend to look out of proportion when viewed from the side, but not the Outlander. Stuff like heated door mirrors and hands-free power tailgate are offered from the mid-trims. Mitsubishi will offer the 2022 Outlander in nine different shades, six of which are the basic colors while three are part of a ‘Diamond Series’. These are high-brightness paints offered in Red, White, and Black shades.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior
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The seven-seater SUV is quite spacious on the inside. The redesigned cabin looks fresh and comes with a few premium touches in and around. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, heated front seats, and wireless charger are offered from the mid-SE trim. Climb up the trim hierarchy and you can spoil yourself with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, three-zone climate control, leather-appointed seats, etc.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior
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The base trim comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, but the others feature a nine-inch touchscreen system. It supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and comes with navigation, too. A 10-speaker Bose audio system is also a part of the rich feature-list. Mitsubishi has also provided USB Type-C and Type-A charging ports here. The SUV also comes with many storage spaces all around to store knick-knacks. The company also notes that the second-row seats can be split in a 40:20:40 ratio for further versatility. Overall, the 2022 Outlander’s cabin won’t leave you complaining about anything.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Drivetrain

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The 2022 Outlander rides on a new platform that’s developed through the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance. This means we’ll see it being used in different products across the group in the future. The platform is made using hot-stamped, ultra-high tensile-strength steel in key areas and is claimed to have 33-percent a torsional rigidity than the previous architecture.

There’s a new 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine under the hood. It’s the same setup that’s present on the Nissan Rogue as well. The engine makes 181 horses and 181 pound-feet of torque. While the power outputs seem adequate, it’s the lousy CVT that makes the driving experience average at best.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander specifications
Engine 2.5-liter, four-cylinder
Horsepower 181 HP
Torque 181 LB-FT
Transmission eight-speed CVT
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The front-wheel-drive models come with five drive modes whereas the all-wheel-drive models feature six drive modes. The all-wheel-drive system is priced at a premium of less than $2,000 across the range, which makes it our pick of the lot. Called the Super All-Wheel Control AWD system, it integrates a hydraulic center clutch that distributes torque to the front and rear axles immediately and doesn’t wait to detect wheel slippage to send power to the axle that needs it.

The CVT, however, makes the Outlander quite efficient. The SUV delivers 26 miles per gallon in the city, 32 miles on the highway, and 28 miles per gallon combined when the front wheels are powered. The all-wheel-drive models return 25 miles in the city, 21 on the highway, and 27 miles combined for every gallon of fuel consumed.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Competition

Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V needs no introduction. This all-rounder ticks all the boxes if you’re in the market for a family SUV. The feature-list is rich, it looks smart, comes with a spacious cabin, and boasts of excellent crash-test ratings. It is powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that makes 190 horses and 179 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to the wheels via a CVT that’s mated for fuel-efficiency rather than spirited driving. As long as you aren’t looking for an adrenaline rush and are ready to sacrifice the gratification of a good, spirited driving session, the CR-V will keep you happy. It starts at a little over $25,000 and goes all the way up to $35,000.

Read our full review on the Honda CR-V

Volkswagen Tiguan

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The Tiguan is another old moniker that’s made a name for itself in the segment. Slow updates from Volkswagen have not helped the Tiguan’s cause, but the 2021 mid-cycle refresh introduced a few changes to the SUV. Offered in a five- and seven-seater version, the Tiguan comes with spacious cargo space, a rich feature-list, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen system. Powering the Tiguan is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 184 horses and 221 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the Outlander and CR-V, it features an engaging eight-speed automatic gearbox and offers a better drive experience. It starts at $25,000 and costs up to $40,000 for the top-trim.

Read our full review on the Volkswagen Tiguan

Ford Escape

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Another strong candidate here is the Ford Escape. Like the CR-V, it checks all the boxes but isn’t an enthusiast’s vehicle. As you head up the trim levels, the SUV becomes fairly loaded with features. The cabin, as well as the cargo area, are quite spacious. The Escape is powered by a three-pot 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that churns out 181 horses and 190 pound-feet of twist. An eight-speed automatic gearbox powers either the front wheels or all the wheels. The current model of the Escape was built from the ground up in 2020 without any part-sharing with the model it replaced, thus making it essentially a brand-new car with better ride dynamics and handling. The Escape ranges between $25,000 and $36,000.

Read our full review on the Ford Escape

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Pricing

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Here’s how the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is priced:

  • ES – $25,795
  • SE – $28,845
  • SE Launch Edition – $30,990
  • SEL – $31,945
  • SEL S-AWC Launch Edition – $36,340 (4WD)

All the prices listed here are for the two-wheel-drive trims except for the SEL S-AWC Launch Edition. This one is available only in a four-wheel-drive avatar. A four-wheel-drive system can be had on any trim for an additional $1,800.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Packages and Launch Editions

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The Japanese automaker has introduced two limited-production Launch Editions on the SE and the SEL trims. There’s no word on how many copies will be offered, but both these trims are fairly well-loaded.

The SE Launch Edition includes:

  • 12.3-inch full LCD digital driver display
  • BOSE premium audio system
  • Power panoramic sunroof
  • Ground logo and Dynamic Shield illumination
  • Chrome hood badge
  • Amazon Echo Auto, three-month Audible subscription, six-month Amazon Prime Music subscription
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The Tech package equipment is also part of this special edition except for Mi-Pilot Assist. It is priced at $2,145 more than the standard SE trim.

The SEL Launch Edition is offered on the S-AWC model and it includes:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front door accent with LED illumination
  • Semi-aniline leather seating surfaces
  • 10.8-inch head-up display
  • Rear door pull-up sunshades
  • Ground logo and Dynamic Shield illumination
  • Chrome hood badge
  • Amazon Echo Auto, three-month Audible subscription, six-month Amazon Prime Music subscription
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It also includes the SEL Touring Package equipment without the Mi-Pilot Assist. As mentioned earlier, it is offered only in the four-wheel-drive avatar and costs $2,595 more than the SEL four-wheel-drive trim.

A few other packages offered here are:

Touring Package (For SEL Trim): $2,700

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Semi-aniline leather seating surfaces
  • 10.8-inch head-up display
  • BOSE premium audio system
  • Power panoramic sunroof
  • Rear door pull-up sunshades
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Tech Package (for SE trim): $2,300

  • 12.3-inch full LCD digital driver display
  • BOSE premium audio system
  • Power panoramic sunroof

Convenience Package (for ES trim): $1,000

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Mitsubishi Connect with Safeguard and Remote Services and a 24-month free trial

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

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On the safety front, the 2022 Outlander comes with stuff like:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-change assist
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Hill descent control
  • Forward collision mitigation system
  • Multi-view camera
  • 11 airbags
  • Leave it
    • Lackluster engine and transmission combo
Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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