Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL AWD: The Brand’s Premium Styled Crossover


Highlight: A plug-in model is coming during the second half of 2022.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $37,995 (Base model ES: $26,990)

Seating Capacity: 5 to 7 (…Really only designed for 5)

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; a forward collision mitigation system; an electronic blind spot warning system; rear automatic braking system; a rearview camera; a tire pressure monitoring system; and a tire repair kit

Standard Equipment ES: 18-inch wheels; an 8-inch infotainment screen; paddle shifters; rear privacy glass; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; a power lumbar support for a driver’s seat; cloth seats; a 7-inch infotainment screen; a variety of driving modes; a dual zone automatic control system; a remote keyless entry system; and a push button ignition system

Standard Equipment SEL S-AWC : 20-inch wheels; leather seats; power front passenger seat; roof rails; heated rear seats; a three-zone automatic climate control system; a 12-inch digital driver display system; a heated steering wheel; front door accent with LED illumination; SiriusXM; an 11-inch clear HUD (heads up display) system; rear door pull-up sunshades; a ground Mitsubishi logo; a chrome hood badge; LED front fog lights; heated door mirrors; heated front seats; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a 360-degree camera; keyless entry system; front audible sensors; MiPilot Assist (a co-pilot assist system); a radar activate cruise control system with a stop-and-go system; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure prevention system; traffic sign recognition; a 9-inch infotainment screen; smartphone wireless charging system; rear USB ports; Amazon Echo Auto; Mitsubishi Safety Connect Service

Options: Touring Package: a power panoramic sunroof and a rear door pull-up sunshade; tonneau cover; carpeted floor mats; portfolio; touch up paint pen; and center console tray mat

Other Trims:


Launch Edition SE

Launch SEL

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM audio

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo/181-hp

Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage:
24-city/ 31-hwy

What’s New:  The Outlander has an all-new platform for 2022. And as a result of the Nissan and Mitsubishi collaboration, the vehicle shares components with the Rogue.


The fascia embodies an in-your-face styling theme

A compact crossover that attempts to straddle the fence of being a midsize vehicle because of the squeezed-in third row seats

A Land Rover-ish type side styling profile – looking like the Defender and Discovery

All-wheel drive available

A variety of trims

A high-level of standard content in Outlander SEL for under $35,000

A high-level of safety driving aids including a co-pilot assist feature on the SEL trim

Mitsubishi ground lighting logo on select trims

A variety of driving modes

20-inch wheels available on select trims

One of the best new-vehicle warranties in the industry

A brake hold feature

A plug-in will be available in the second half of 2022

An available panoramic power sunroof


Third row is literally not useful for adults or kids due to no legroom despite sliding second-row seats

A 5-passenger vehicle, as opposed to a seven

When the third row is in use, headrests obstruct rear vision

Limited cargo room with third-row in place

The powertrain team needs to offer a gasoline or hybrid powertrain with more horsepower

The navigation system didn’t provide the directions needed

The wireless pad – did not recharge our smartphone

Verdict: For the 2022 model year, the Outlander, which is the brand’s flagship compact crossover, rolls on an all-new more upscale platform. With its premium exterior styling, the compact offers a host of upscale features, which has traditionally been reserved for luxury brands, ranging from a co-pilot assist driving system to a ground lighting marquee with the Mitsubishi logo.

This year’s model pushes the limit and blurs the line between being a compact crossover and yearning to play in the midsize lane.

However, despite forcing occupants to literally squeeze into the third-row seating, if they so choose or even capable, and the singular powertrain that spews out less than 190-horsepower, this vehicle easily reminds us that this is a well-equipped compact crossover.

So, for buyers seeking premium-like features and a competitive price, the Outlander exceeds in those areas. However, with this being such a competitive segment. keep in mind to take a spin behind the wheel of all of the competitors before signing the dotted line.

Competition: Chevy Equinox; GMC Terrain; Honda CR-V; Kia Sportage; Nissan Rogue; and Toyota RA

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