2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Key Specs

of the 2006 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 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • 160-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard ABS
  • FWD or AWD

2006 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The compact Outlander sport utility vehicle joined Mitsubishi's lineup for 2003. The automaker installed a fully independent suspension in an attempt to give the entry-level Outlander a carlike ride.

For 2006, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard on all Outlanders. A new Special Edition trim is available, the XLS model has been dropped, and the Limited gains automatic climate control. All versions can have either front- or all-wheel drive.


Exterior
The exterior of the four-door Outlander has a bold character. Fender flares and side air dams on the Limited and new SE have a monochromatic treatment. The Outlander's available roof rack can be adapted to carry bikes, surfboards and skis.

SE styling features include silver side rails, a distinctive grille treatment and bright 17-inch alloy wheels. Fog lamps are installed on SE and Limited models, and a sunroof is standard on the Limited. Riding on a 103.3-inch wheelbase, the Outlander stretches 179 inches long overall.


Interior
The Outlander can hold up to five occupants. Reclining 60/40-split rear seats fold flat into the floor. Cargo space totals 60.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Standard LS equipment includes air conditioning, a CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Premium cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and heated front seats are included in the SE model. Charcoal leather seating surfaces are standard in the Limited.


Under ...
Vehicle Overview
The compact Outlander sport utility vehicle joined Mitsubishi's lineup for 2003. The automaker installed a fully independent suspension in an attempt to give the entry-level Outlander a carlike ride.

For 2006, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard on all Outlanders. A new Special Edition trim is available, the XLS model has been dropped, and the Limited gains automatic climate control. All versions can have either front- or all-wheel drive.


Exterior
The exterior of the four-door Outlander has a bold character. Fender flares and side air dams on the Limited and new SE have a monochromatic treatment. The Outlander's available roof rack can be adapted to carry bikes, surfboards and skis.

SE styling features include silver side rails, a distinctive grille treatment and bright 17-inch alloy wheels. Fog lamps are installed on SE and Limited models, and a sunroof is standard on the Limited. Riding on a 103.3-inch wheelbase, the Outlander stretches 179 inches long overall.


Interior
The Outlander can hold up to five occupants. Reclining 60/40-split rear seats fold flat into the floor. Cargo space totals 60.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Standard LS equipment includes air conditioning, a CD stereo, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Premium cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and heated front seats are included in the SE model. Charcoal leather seating surfaces are standard in the Limited.


Under the Hood
The Outlander's 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 160 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque. The engine teams with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic with a manual-shift provision.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.

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 SUV. Other than delivering a choppy ride on imperfect pavement and excessive engine blare on hard acceleration, the Outlander isn't a bad choice.

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



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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned

by Laura from Lawrence, Kansas on January 1, 2018

I LOVE it! I've used it to commute to work and we've taken it to the mountains on vacation camping. And it handles perfectly in ice and snow. I have almost 167,000 miles on it and no problems. Right ... Read full review

(5.0)

This car/truck was the best I loved my car

by lsparrow74 from Paterson NJ on December 10, 2017

This truck met all my needs also had a third seat very reliable. The last big storm NJ had I was pushing cars and trucks out. I loved my outlander Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 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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