2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Redesign
Despite its distinctive exterior, the Outlander lingers at the bottom of the crossover barrel. The interior is quiet, with room for seven in three rows of seats. The base engine is a 166-hp 2.4-liter four mated to a CVT with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The GT has a 224-hp 3.0-liter V-6, a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. Handling is composed, but both engines are challenged by the Outlander’s weight—especially the four-cylinder with all-wheel drive.
With the demise of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution last year, the company’s Outlander GT became the de facto best vehicle sold by the three-diamond brand. Of course, that has been a low bar of late. The 2017 Outlander GT, however, is a genuinely acceptable crossover SUV.
Straddling the line between compact and mid-size, the Outlander’s pricing and its 105.1-inch wheelbase put it in the former class, while the crossover’s standard third-row seat and 184.8-inch overall length would seem to cast its lot with the latter. Because of its third row, C/D classifies the Outlander as a mid-size crossover, even though it would not even be the largest vehicle in the compact-crossover segment, where the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain sit on longer wheelbases and cast larger shadows. And inside, the Outlander’s standard 50/50-split third-row seat’s 28.2 inches of legroom fall 3.2 inches short of what’s available in the compact Nissan Rogue’s optional third row. Cargo space with all seats raised is markedly similar, with the Outlander’s 10 cubic feet barely edging out the Rogue’s 9 cubes. Folding each vehicle’s rearmost row also results in a disparity of 1 cubic foot, with the sunroof-equipped Outlander GT V-6 offering 33 cubic feet of cargo volume to the Rogue’s 32 cubic feet.