Competes with: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4
Looks like: Bigger and bolder … definitely bolder
Powertrain: 181-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; continuously variable transmission; front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: April
Here is the latest entry in the popular (and crowded) class of compact SUVs from a brand that’s been struggling to regain relevance in the U.S.: Japanese automaker Mitsubishi, which is pinning its latest hopes on renewing mass appeal with the new 2022 Outlander. A complete redesign from top to bottom thanks to Mitsubishi’s newfound partnership with Nissan, the new Outlander comes on a new platform with a new powertrain, new styling and new mission to deliver a more premium experience.
The biggest way Mitsubishi seems to be looking to get noticed is through some wild styling and extensive use of unusual themes to the various looks of the SUV. The overall Mitsubishi experience is now being sold as “I-Fu-Do-Do,” which in Japanese means “authentic and majestic,” according to the company. That supposedly guides the overall design ethos of the Mitsubishi brand, but this is further broken down into the overall theme for the Outlander, which Mitsubishi says is “Bold Stride.”