2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Change Year or Vehicle
$9,004–$19,436 USED Shop local deals
SAVE
Key Specs
Our Take
Road Test
Photos
Reviews
Safety & Recalls
Warranty & CPO
Compare
Back to top

Key Specs

of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Higher-quality interior materials
  • More-comfortable second row
  • New crash-avoidance options
  • Comfy front seats
  • Flat-folding third row

The Bad

  • Tiny third row
  • Clamshell tailgate gone
  • Cargo area behind third row
  • Front styling

Notable Features of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Lightened by 200 pounds
  • Seats five or seven
  • Two- or all-wheel drive
  • AWD now available on more trims
  • Four-cylinder or V-6

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Road Test

David Thomas

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander uses a middle-of-the-road formula that worked with the optional V-6 engine in our test car, but I worry what the more affordable four-cylinder might offer in its place.

Mitsubishi's Outlander has always been a competent, if unappealing, crossover, best known for its unique clamshell cargo hatch.

Its redesign is a step more than competent, and it's also more affordable and more efficient. But it also ditches the clamshell.

Direct competitors like the Dodge Journey and Kia Sorento aren't exactly setting the world on fire, but Chevy's Equinox has seen brisk sales with a similar size and pricing scheme; it just doesn't offer a third-row seat. You can compare all four models here.

I drove a 2014 Outlander GT S-AWC with all-wheel drive. You can compare the 2014 and 2013 Outlander here.

Exterior & Styling
The crossover is a canvas that's hard to turn into art; most models elicit little excitement. The redesigned Outlander's anonymity, however, takes that to another level. Besides a few interesting chrome pieces around the grille, the Outlander would be hard to distinguish from anything else in the class, and the styling does little to get people to stop to check out the diamond logo and nameplate.

The smaller Outlander Sport does a better job of that, with an in-your-face front end. Despite the name, it's a completely different model, which explains why this Outlander doesn't even look like it comes from t...

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander uses a middle-of-the-road formula that worked with the optional V-6 engine in our test car, but I worry what the more affordable four-cylinder might offer in its place.

Mitsubishi's Outlander has always been a competent, if unappealing, crossover, best known for its unique clamshell cargo hatch.

Its redesign is a step more than competent, and it's also more affordable and more efficient. But it also ditches the clamshell.

Direct competitors like the Dodge Journey and Kia Sorento aren't exactly setting the world on fire, but Chevy's Equinox has seen brisk sales with a similar size and pricing scheme; it just doesn't offer a third-row seat. You can compare all four models here.

I drove a 2014 Outlander GT S-AWC with all-wheel drive. You can compare the 2014 and 2013 Outlander here.

Exterior & Styling
The crossover is a canvas that's hard to turn into art; most models elicit little excitement. The redesigned Outlander's anonymity, however, takes that to another level. Besides a few interesting chrome pieces around the grille, the Outlander would be hard to distinguish from anything else in the class, and the styling does little to get people to stop to check out the diamond logo and nameplate.

The smaller Outlander Sport does a better job of that, with an in-your-face front end. Despite the name, it's a completely different model, which explains why this Outlander doesn't even look like it comes from the same automaker.

How It Drives
Going from a four-cylinder to a V-6 in a crossover this large makes a world of difference. Without being able to evaluate the less-powerful engine, all I can relay are my opinions on the V-6. Maybe that was the plan, because with 224 horsepower, the Outlander moved impressively.

On my first commute home I hit an open stretch of highway and started thinking of the Outlander's effortless acceleration, lack of wind noise and overall pleasant ride. Then I looked down at the speedometer. I was going a bit too fast and had no idea.

Throughout the rest of my test I made sure to keep speeds on the closer-to-legal side of the dial, but it always felt like the Outlander was going too slow. This really is a legitimately quick crossover that I would favorably compare to the significantly more powerful Equinox and Sorento at 301 and 290 hp, respectively.

Some of this swiftness is due to a lightweight chassis. The all-wheel-drive V-6 Outlander is more than 500 pounds lighter than the comparable Equinox. That creates better mileage in the V-6 all-wheel-drive and in both four-cylinder variants. Mileage for the AWD V-6 Outlander is EPA-rated at 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/ combined. The Equinox gets an EPA-estimated 16/23/19 mpg city/highway/combined. The comparable Sorento is rated 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined.

Most shoppers will likely not notice the difference in horsepower, though. They may also appreciate the large shift paddles behind the steering wheel for manual shifting, which were a hit with some of our editors.

Past Mitsubishis we've tested have had a habit of excessive engine noise filtering into the cabin. Mitsubishi has quelled that in the new Outlander, which is as quiet as most competitors in terms of engine noise. I wonder if the smaller four-cylinder will struggle under serious acceleration like the Outlander Sport does. Shoppers should pay attention when taking a test drive.

Around town I grew quite fond of the crossover's ride, which took jarring shocks out of bumpy roads, but also didn't lean too softly. This is a hard combination to achieve.

The brakes, however, were jarring, as was starting from a stop. The brakes need to be grippier and the accelerator less sensitive. More than one editor noted a lurch from stops.

Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on four-cylinder models and standard on the V-6. The all-wheel-drive system has four selectable settings: Normal, Snow, Lock (off-road) and Eco. The Eco mode allows power to go to just the two front wheels during most conditions, which Mitsubishi says boosts fuel economy.

Interior
If the Outlander's exterior is a snore, the interior won't shake you awake, either. It's awash in black with cheap-looking faux-wood inserts and controls that aren't worthy of the tester's top-of-the-line price tag of $34,720. But that's typical when base models start significantly lower. The Outlander begins at less than $24,000, including destination.

The front seats were comfortable over long drives, and the second row had plenty of room for my children in their car seats. The second row also slides forward and back to create more room for cargo or the standard, albeit tiny, third row.

The third row can fit two average-sized adults — and if they're willing to sacrifice comfort, second-row passengers will have knee room to spare. I tested this using my own 5-foot-10 frame. Larger families should probably not try that at home.

Overall space seemed cramped compared with crossovers like the Ford Edge or Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. But compared with crossovers with small third rows, like the Dodge Journey and Kia Sorento (both have an optional third row), the Outlander is competitive both on paper and in reality.

Neither third-row seat is equipped for a tether anchor, so child-safety seats that require one can't be placed there. That negates some of the benefits of having a third row for buyers with small children.

Ergonomics & Electronics
All cars these days need an array of standard and optional technical wizardry. Mitsubishi does a good job providing a competitive number of these options, but they're not well-executed.

Our GT test car had a 7-inch navigation system. SE and higher trims get a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, while the base ES trim has a standard radio display.

The 7-inch screen was relatively easy to read despite its smaller size, but the physical buttons around the screen and the touch points on the screen itself were too small to easily poke at while trying to keep your eyes on the road.

An optional forward collision alert system tells drivers when there's potential for a crash, but the visual alert sits in the gauge cluster. Many applications feature a row of red lights on top of the dash, where it's much more apparent that danger is imminent.

The optional Rockford Fosgate stereo had plenty of power — 710 watts! — and numerous settings for surround sound, but I couldn't find one that suited a variety of music. That made shuffling between songs on my iPod a labor. When you found the right combination, however, the sound quality rocked.

Cargo & Storage
Any good crossover needs a decent amount of cargo room, but the Outlander's rear is just that — decent. The third row and sliding second row eat into the cargo area's maximum capabilities, but the Outlander is a bit deceptive. Its maximum cargo area of 63.3 cubic feet is just a hair behind the Equinox's 63.7 measurement, but the Mitsubishi is more than 4 inches shorter than the Chevy. It's a bit farther behind the Journey, but it's 9 inches shorter than that car.

In real-world use, I found the amount of practical space with the third-row folded more than acceptable for my family's needs, and even pretty decent with the third row in place. It certainly has a wider expanse than the Equinox for bulky items like strollers and golf bags.

Safety
As many new cars score well in crash tests, the tests themselves have become harder. One of the toughest honors to achieve is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick Plus. The Outlander earned that nod, passing all of IIHS' tests with the highest rating of good, including IIHS' new small-overlap front test. As of this writing, the Outlander had not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Outlander did have issues during our Car Seat Check. Forward-facing seats and Latch access received top scores, but there were significant problems with space for rear-facing seats used for very young children and infants.

Value in Its Class
The Outlander is confounding because in many ways it competes with its class in driving performance and comfort. It also excels in the mileage department, and it costs a lot less (in most forms) than the Equinox and Sorento. It's roughly on par with the Journey in terms of price. Concerns about the four-cylinder engine's performance, however, need to be validated with a future test.

That's the problem with anonymity. You can do a lot right on paper, but if you can't sway someone with your looks, you need to execute everything else flawlessly — even if you may be a better buy.

Send David an email  



2014 Outlander Video

Car buyers tend to want to stand out on the street. So when Cars.com reviewer David Thomas calls the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander's style "anonymous," it's not a compliment.

Latest 2014 Outlander Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I love it. Comfertable and powerful.

by Gypsycat00 from Indianapolis, IN on August 1, 2018

I love it. Its pretty and simple . comfertable seating and lots of cargo room . has a v6 so she gets up and goes. Good sound system too. Read full review

(4.0)

Decent used car for the money

by SMm from GA on July 30, 2018

Quick without others in car, good on gas and insurance is a little high. Parts are expensive and ride is smooth. All around cheap good suv Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander ES

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mitsubishi

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, 10-years/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, Carfax vehicle history report, fresh oil and filter, and toll-free assistance line.

  • Limited Warranty

    Certified Pre-Owned Mitsubishi’s get a 10-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, up to ten years from the vehicle’s original in-service date or date of first use, or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Zero deductible for covered repairs completed by a Mitsubishi dealer in the USA.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 123 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

Change Year or Vehicle

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

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.*

Third-row access

C

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

C
* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker