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Mitsubishi FAQs

Q: Who is Mitsubishi owned by?

A: Mitsubishi is a part of the Mitsubishi Group of Tokyo, Japan—which is owned by German automotive company Daimler AG.

Q: Is Mitsubishi motors going out of business?

A: While there have been rumors of Mitsubishi going out of business, CEO Takao Kato said in May of 2019 that "sales are being continued," and that "North America is one of the biggest markets. Therefore, exiting from the sales market would probably not be an option."

Q: Does Mitsubishi make a luxury car?

A: Mitsubishi itself is not considered to be a luxury brand, but it does produce a luxury sedan called the Prouida. However, this car is only available in Japan. Another luxury sedan known as the Dignity was also available in Japan from 2012-2016.

Q: Does Mitsubishi make a three-row SUV?

A: Yes, Mitsubishi makes the Outlander, which is a three-row crossover SUV offering seating for seven passengers. This SUV has been in production since the 2001 model year.

Q: What does the Mitsubishi symbol mean?

A: The Mitsubishi logo is made up of an arrangement of three diamonds; it is believed that the founder of the original Mitsubishi organization, Yataro Iwasaki, created the symbol to represent his family crest.

About Mitsubishi

Although Mitsubishi has been established as a company since 1870, it actually wasn't until 1917 that the brand began making automobiles. Prior to that, Mitsubishi was mostly known for its involvement in the shipping, coal mining, and military aircraft manufacturing. Today, Mitsubishi Motors offers a wide range of cars, hatchbacks, crossovers, SUVs, and electric vehicles.

One of the better known Mitsubishi vehicles is the Mirage, a compact hatchback that is currently in its sixth generation of production (2012-present). The 2018 Mirage offers seating for five passengers and comes standard with a 1.2L three-cylinder engine at 78 hp, in addition to base equipment such as a rear spoiler, seven-inch touchscreen interface, and rearview camera. Fuel economy is a major draw for the Mirage; its 2018 base trim with 1.2L engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 39 mpg combined.1

The Outlander crossover SUV is another popular Mitsubishi model, especially for larger families. This crossover features standard three-row seating for up to seven passengers, as well as optional all-wheel drive. On the 2017 model, a 2.4L four-cylinder engine is standard, as is automatic dual-zone climate control, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, and rear privacy glass.

The innovative i-MiEV is Mitsubishi's fully electric car, a four-door hatchback that can seat up to four people. Standard equipment on the 2017 i-MiEV includes a quick-charging port, full power accessories, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It is powered by a 49-kW electric motor and 16 kWh lithium-ion battery for 66 hp that gets an EPA-estimated 112 MPGe combined.2

This is just a sampling of the many vehicles Mitsubishi has to offer. Which best suits you?

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

2Range figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Range will vary based on things like battery age, vehicle condition, and driving conditions. Battery range may decrease with time and use. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

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Mitsubishi reliability rating (by RepairPal)

RepairPal gave Mitsubishi an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Mitsubishi 7th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Mitsubishi models is $377, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Mitsubishi owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 10% across all Mitsubishi models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

**RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings

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