2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

  • Engine noise
  • Visibility
  • Ride on rough surfaces

3 trims

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Notable features

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

2006 Mitsubishi Outlander review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


I love the car other than it about broke my legs.

I gave one star because I almost got killed in this 2007 Mitsubishi outlander. Due to the suspension rotting away breaking parts off the car. And I was skidding on the bottom of the car across the rd. Because the tire ,control arms and shock broke clear off the car due to the frame being completely corroded the point it could not handle the downward push of the strut and hitting a small bump in the rd. And almost caused me to go into oncoming traffic. Don't even have 100.000 miles on it. The air conditioning leaves into the engine compartment causing more corrosion. It's not just the salt .it's the design of the suv.it needs fixed immediately or things are gonna end up in court. I was injured due to this poor engineering. Folks beware always check the crossmembers and the whole under chassis . That could be your last ride.


Love my Mitsubishi!

I have now a little bit over 100,000 miles on this car. It never let me down. besides the regular maintenance (oil change, new battery, new tires, break pads) I never had any major issues with this car. If I could get the very same model brand new, I would buy it in a heart beat. I drive 3 huge dogs around, they all fit in. I bought it in 2006 slightly used with 14,000 miles. Awesome car!


Why aren't there more Mitsubishi's?

Most reliable car I've owned. Surprisingly a lot of fun to drive. I own the 5-Speed Manual. It shifts like it's a sports car! It's one of those cars that makes you want to go on more adventures. When considering the price I bought it for, how reliable it has been, how reliable I am confident it will be, and how comfortable it is...I say snatch one while you still can. Really don't know why more Mitsubishi's aren't on the road. Way better experience with Mitsubishi than with Toyota and Honda.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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