2017 Mitsubishi Outlander review

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Mitsubishi Outlander highlights

Customer rating


  • Standard three-row seating for seven passengers
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • User-friendly infotainment


  • Lackluster performance from the four-cylinder engine
  • Optional V6 is thirsty for fuel
  • Cramped third row

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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Get ready for your next adventure

Going somewhere? The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander might just be the best way to get there, especially if you're hauling family or a carload of friends. While it may seem like an unassuming crossover SUV in a literal parking lot of competitors, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander stands out in its own way with a quiet cabin, a long list of standard features, and room for seven across three rows. It all translates into a winning combination of comfort, style, and practicality.

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What is new for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander?

  • Outlander trims have been upgraded with Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment this year.
  • Heated Steering Wheel features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The ES trim now comes with Rear View Camera as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander trims

Curious how Mitsubishi Outlander trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities
  • ES: Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a 60/40 split-folding second-row seat that slides and reclines.

  • SE: Adds standard foglights, keyless ignition and entry, an electronic parking brake, heated front seats, a seven-inch display, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

  • SEL: Additional standard features include roof rails, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, gloss-black interior trim, leather upholstery, and a power driver seat.

  • GT: Adds advanced driver assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning, chrome exterior accents, and steering wheel shift paddles. Also comes standard with AWD.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

1. Ample driver assistance technology

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: Reasons to Buy #1 | CarMax

When it comes to the latest driver assistance features, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is pretty well covered. There's a standard rearview camera, for starters. Additional driver assistance tech features include active stability control and traction control as well as a lane departure warning, and a 360-degree camera. Jump up to the GT trim for even more tech features including Blind Spot Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more.

2. Room for the whole crew

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With three rows you can bring just about everyone. All told, seven people large and small fit into the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander thanks to the standard third row. Add to that a roomy second row (51.7 inches of legroom) and spacious front row (52.6 inches of legroom), and your family or friends should be happy to come along for the ride.

3. Plentiful standard features

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: Reasons to Buy #3 | CarMax

The best reasons to buy just might be on the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander's long list of standard features. For example, the base model comes with alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker sound system. You also get Bluetooth® connectivity and USB ports as part of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander base ES model.

4. Great for camping

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With three rows and a maximum estimated towing capacity of 3,500 lbs (when properly equipped) with the 3.0L engine that's available on the GT trim, the Outlander makes a wonderful companion for camping.

You could haul a small trailer or camper behind you, ready to set up out in the wilderness, or you could even bring along an ATV. With the available all-wheel drive, you can lock the system to provide maximum traction if you need to head off-road while adventuring.

5. A whisper quiet SUV

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One of the reasons why the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander can be such a joy to drive is because it's so quiet. Inside, that's due to sound-deadening improvements such as streamlined interior panels. Mechanically, dampers added to the rear differential and suspension framework can help give you a quiet ride.

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Standard equipment on the base SE model from 2017–2018 includes:

  • Rearview camera

  • Five-inch infotainment touchscreen

  • Automatic headlights

  • Tilt/telescopic steering column

  • Cloth upholstery

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

9 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Mitsubishi Outlander an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Mitsubishi Outlander 15th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Mitsubishi Outlander features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Remote Start
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 37.3"/R 28.2"

Head room

F 40.6"/M 38.4"/R 35.7"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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More about the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: Available Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Cool Silver Metallic

  • Cosmic Blue Metallic

  • Diamond White Pearl

  • Labrador Black Pearl

  • Mercury Gray Metallic

  • Quartz Brown Metallic

  • Rally Red Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Beige

  • Black

Interior details

The cabin of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander can be a delightful place for drivers and passengers. The visibility is sweeping and open, and there's plenty of space in the first two rows with 51.7 inches of second-row legroom and 52.6 inches in the front. Seats, side panels, and the dashboard are attractive and comforting, with plenty of soft-touch material throughout. Seats are notably well-padded and there is ample head and shoulder room. In terms of cargo space, there's a total of 63.3 cu ft behind the front row.

Manufacturer warranty

When new, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander included five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) basic coverage and 10-year/100,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain coverage. Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply. See Warranty Information Booklet for complete details. The balance of this warranty may apply to some vehicles.


The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is an adept city and highway driver with either the standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine or available 3.0L V6 under the hood. Easy to drive on long trips thanks to reduced cabin noise and a comfortable interior, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander also has ample sightlines and big mirrors. The available all-wheel drive helps ensure you're getting maximum grip, wherever you're driving.


According to EPA estimates, the front-wheel drive 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 330 grams per mile, while the 3.0L all-wheel drive model has emissions of 388 grams per mile.

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