2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Compact dimensions
  • Carlike demeanor
  • Seat comfort
  • Highway ride

The Bad

  • Engine noise
  • Visibility
  • Ride on rough surfaces

Notable Features of the 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • 160-hp four-cylinder
  • Youth-oriented character
  • Manual or automatic
  • New Limited model
  • FWD or AWD

2005 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The compact Outlander sport utility vehicle joined Mitsubishi's lineup for 2003. This model is smaller than the Montero, the now-extinct Montero Sport and the newer Endeavor. A fully independent suspension is intended to give the entry-level Outlander a carlike ride.

The 2004 Outlander gained a more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which produces 160 horsepower. The current engine features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control.

A five-speed-manual transmission is available on the LS model for 2005. All Outlanders gain all-disc brakes and a rear spoiler. A new Limited trim level is available. Both the XLS and Limited gain 17-inch wheels, while the lower-priced LS rides on 16-inch tires. All three versions are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.


Exterior
Built with unibody construction, the exterior of the four-door Outlander has a bold character. Mitsubishi says the Limited's clear-lens taillights "add a dosage of urban chic and tuner styling." Fender flares on the Limited have a monochromatic treatment. The tubular roof rack, which is standard on the XLS and Limited and optional on the LS, can be adapted to carry bikes, surfboards and skis. The XLS features fog lamps, rear privacy glass and color-keyed outside mirrors. A sunroof is standard on the Limited. Riding on a 103.3-inch wheelbase, the Outlander stretches 179 inches long overall.

Interior
The Outlander holds up to five occupants. Reclining 60/...
Vehicle Overview
The compact Outlander sport utility vehicle joined Mitsubishi's lineup for 2003. This model is smaller than the Montero, the now-extinct Montero Sport and the newer Endeavor. A fully independent suspension is intended to give the entry-level Outlander a carlike ride.

The 2004 Outlander gained a more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which produces 160 horsepower. The current engine features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control.

A five-speed-manual transmission is available on the LS model for 2005. All Outlanders gain all-disc brakes and a rear spoiler. A new Limited trim level is available. Both the XLS and Limited gain 17-inch wheels, while the lower-priced LS rides on 16-inch tires. All three versions are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.


Exterior
Built with unibody construction, the exterior of the four-door Outlander has a bold character. Mitsubishi says the Limited's clear-lens taillights "add a dosage of urban chic and tuner styling." Fender flares on the Limited have a monochromatic treatment. The tubular roof rack, which is standard on the XLS and Limited and optional on the LS, can be adapted to carry bikes, surfboards and skis. The XLS features fog lamps, rear privacy glass and color-keyed outside mirrors. A sunroof is standard on the Limited. Riding on a 103.3-inch wheelbase, the Outlander stretches 179 inches long overall.

Interior
The Outlander holds up to five occupants. Reclining 60/40-split rear seats fold flat into the floor. The spare tire is concealed, and the rear liftgate is hydraulically assisted. Cargo space totals 60.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Standard LS equipment includes air conditioning, a 140-watt CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The XLS adds a white-faced instrument cluster, donut-shaped headrests and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Charcoal leather seating surfaces and heated mirrors are standard in the Limited.


Under the Hood
The Outlander's 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 160 hp and 162 pounds-feet of torque. The four-speed-automatic transmission has a manual-shift provision. A five-speed-manual gearbox is standard in the LS.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard in the Limited. Antilock brakes are standard in the all-wheel-drive Limited and optional in the all-wheel-drive XLS.

Driving Impressions
Moving to the smaller end of the SUV spectrum, Mitsubishi took the expertise derived from years of producing larger models and turned out a respectable, if essentially ordinary, compact. Other than delivering a choppy ride on imperfect pavement and excessive engine blare on hard acceleration, the Outlander isn't a bad choice.

Early criticism suggested that the Outlander was comparatively slow and suffered hesitation on startup. But its acceleration was acceptable even though low-speed passing power fell short of energetic. The stronger engine in current models promises improved performance.

Steering feel is reasonably good. The seats are comfortable and have good support, but the headrests impair rear and over-the-shoulder visibility.



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Latest Reviews

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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by Leo on August 31, 2009

Great Car. Reliable and great value for your money. Recommend to any owner. If you take care of the car it will take care of you. Read full review

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Best Car I ever owned

by Jocko from Edmonton,Alberta, Canada on September 13, 2007

Excellent value for dollar spent.. you get same or better features and performance for $10000 less than small Honda and Toyota SUV's and a much better warranty. i would recommend this car to anyone. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander currently has 1 recall

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Outlander received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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