2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
- 4th April 2018 by SGDriver
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a well-designed three-row family crossover. It doesn’t win awards for power, fuel efficiency, or interior ergonomics. It gets noticed for being capable and cheaper to buy. This budget shopper’s three-row crossover is definitely worth considering if your bottom line is what matters most, but you aren’t willing to skimp on capability or safety.
The engine powering the 2018 Outlander is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder attached to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A total of 166 horsepower (124 kW) is on tap, which isn’t much considering the size of the SUV. But with Mitsubishi’s all-wheel drive (called Super All Wheel Control or S-AWC), the Outlander is surprisingly spry for its underpowered design. Most of this comes thanks to engineers at Mitsubishi changing some of the CVT’s programming to help eliminate a bit of the sluggishness this generation of the Outlander had when it first debuted.
It goes from 0-100 kmh at around 9 seconds, but it will at least pass others on the freeway and make the on-ramp without struggle. This couples with the natural-feeling steering, which is neither too hard nor soft, and the more-than-expected maneuverability of the Outlander. Again, largely thanks to the S-AWC option.
Inside the 2018 Outlander, the interior is rather plain. This fits with the low-cost nature of the vehicle, but doesn’t necessarily translate to “cheap” when it comes to the interior’s overall feel. Materials quality seems good for the price paid, with design and layout being mostly about function rather than form.
The front seating for driver and passenger is simple and nicely done. Some may wish it had more cushion, but we found the firmness to be a better option, especially on longer drives. Infotainment is is responsive with big virtual buttons and easy-to-use menus, but it doesn’t do much in the way of advanced tech. Most of the app integration and the like is left up to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are standard in the Outlander at every trim beyond the base model.
In the second row, seating remains plain, but is still comfortable enough for most riders. Legroom is good, as is headroom, and the entry and egress are easy thanks to wide-swinging doors and low entry sills. The third row, however, is mostly for kids and isn’t terribly easy to access. The second row folds forward, but only slightly, and requires a little effort to tilt and push forward for access to the third row. The Outlander’s third row is definitely “kids and occasional only.”
The 2018 Outlander does have a good interior overall, though, with plenty of storage and seating for up to seven. With two adults and three children, it’s just about right and when you want to add grandma to the mix, there’s room for that without anyone getting stuck with the uncomfortable spot.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander as an excellent vehicle on the whole. It is not the best, nor is its power output but it is is one of the lowest-cost three-row crossovers available.