Vehicle Overview

Mitsubishi's smallest SUV is available in ES, SE, XLS and GT trims. Front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered for all versions except the GT, which only comes with all-wheel drive. The Outlander can seat up to seven people. It competes with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

New for 2011

For 2011, the SE model gains a standard third seating row, and the XLS trim level gets some exterior revisions that make it resemble the top-of-the-line  GT. Fuel economy also improves.

Exterior

After its 2010 freshening, the 2011 Outlander changes very little, though GT models do receive special badges.

Exterior features include:

  • LED taillights
  • Standard rear liftgate
  • Small rear tailgate flips down to make loading easier and supports up to 440 pounds
  • 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available chrome-accented side sills
  • Aluminum roof provides lower center of gravity

Interior

The Outlander ES can seat up to five people on front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding second-row seat that can also tumble forward. SE, GT and XLS models can seat up to seven with a standard two-person third-row seat that can fold into the floor.

Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry; and a six-speaker CD stereo
  • Optional automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth available
  • Optional 40-gigabyte hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic info
  • Optional leather seating surfaces

Under the Hood

ES and SE Outlanders have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine in the XLS and GT makes 230 hp and 215 pounds-feet of torque and drives a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic incorporates a clutchless-manual mode that's separate from the XLS' paddle shifters.

Safety

Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for the first and second rows
  • Electronic stability system