2018 Mitsubishi Outlander review

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Mitsubishi Outlander highlights

Customer rating


  • All-wheel drive is available on all trims
  • Tilt-and-slide second-row seats
  • Numerous standard tech features


  • Road noise present in the cabin at times
  • Third row feels tight
  • Base engine could use more power

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 22 combined

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What is new for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander?

  • The Outlander is available in a new trim called the LE.
  • Outlander trims have been upgraded with Heated Steering Wheel as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Air Conditioning and Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor and Power Hatch/Deck Lid as standard equipment.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander trims

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  • 166-hp, 162-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags





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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

1. Generous standard equipment

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has plenty to offer both inside and out. Even on its base ES trim, you'll find a long list of standard features that include a seven-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

2. Third-row seating

If you're looking for a crossover SUV that offers three rows of seating, the 2018 Outlander has you covered. This crossover offers a standard 50/50-split third row with seating capacity of up to seven people. The second row of the 2018 Outlander is designed to accommodate three passengers across, whereas the third row can hold an additional two passengers.

3. Ample trim configurations

No matter what you're looking for in a crossover SUV, there's likely to be a 2018 Outlander trim to suit your needs. There are five trims to choose from: the ES, the SE, the LE, the SEL, and the range-topping GT. The mid-range LE is a compelling option for many drivers with features like keyless ignition, heated front seats, smartphone integration, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

4. Respectable fuel economy

For a vehicle of its size, the 2018 Outlander offers decent fuel economy for those who are looking to spread out stops at the pump. Specifically, the 2018 Outlander base ES trim with 2.4L four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 27 mph combined.

5. Spacious interior and storage

Despite offering room for up to seven passengers, the 2018 Outlander remains surprisingly spacious inside. While the third row is best suited for children or smaller passengers, the front and second rows offer plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable. Meanwhile, cargo space on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is generous as well, with a 10.3 cu-ft trunk offered behind its third row. With the 50/50-split third row folded down, however, this cargo storage area readily extends to 34.2 cu-ft for additional space.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a car that customers love. They like the size, roomy yet still doesn't feel like you're driving an SUV. They also like the backup camera and entertainment system. The car is easy to get in and out of for an older driver.
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

LE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • 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
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • 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 39.9"/M 37.2"/R 35.7"

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Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.



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