Although the new Mitsubishi Outlander for 2018 comes with several interior and exterior updates, it remains a capable but unexceptional crossover that doesn’t stand out from the rest. Its strengths include optional advanced safety technologies, standard three-row seating, and satisfying interior quality and features. For now, its release date is still mysterious but we are working towards unveiling them.
New add-ons include more user-friendly folding process, a revised navigation system, LED headlights, taillights, and running lights, and revised exterior styling. That said, we would easily give automaker a cool “A” for that extra mile they’ve gone. Many manufacturers would probably have rested after production of a redesigned model, but Mitsubishi has done a laudable job of giving the Outlander significant changes despite being in the market for only two years.
And while the updates made on the new Outlander aren’t anything out of the ordinary, they’ve still offered the new vehicle a lifeline in the segment. However, the changes made on the vehicle are skin deep and our test vehicles failed to manifest any meaningful improvements in performance and overall ride appeal. Although it doesn’t offer any upscale performance, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is still worth any buyer’s time.
Other pros that we thought are worth a mention in the review include a length warranty, a respectable feature content, and a standard third row seat. However, there are a number of other crossovers which we’d first recommend. They include 2018 Kia Sorrento, 2018 Subaru Forester, and 2018 Mazda CX-5.
Interior Sport Review & Exterior Changes – 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in four dissimilar trim levels ranging from the sprightly equipped ES to the plush GT trim. It is also provided as a seven-passenger crossover.
The entry-level 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander ES comes standard with full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding second row seats, LED running lights and taillights, 18” alloy wheels, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 50/50-split third row seats, voice command system, leather wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, rear privacy glass, a height-adjustable driver seat, reclining and sliding front passenger seat, cruise control, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, and exterior heated mirrors.
Picking the SE gets you HD radio, a 6.1” touchscreen display, an upgraded audio system, a rearview camera, heated front seats, keyless ignition, body-color side mirrors, foglights, a color trip computer, keyless entry, and automatic climate control.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL comes with a power liftgate, automatic braking, a nine-speaker sound system, forward collision mitigation system, satellite radio, power driver seat, power folding side mirrors, adaptive cruise controls, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, gloss-black trim, lane departure warning system, power driver seat, automatic headlights, and black roof rails.
Opting for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Touring gets you a navigation system, an upgraded infotainment system, and all the features available as standard equipment levels for the SEL trim above.
Top of the range 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT builds upon what the above trims offer plus an auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome exterior beltline accents, LED headlights, forward collision mitigation, silver roof rails, a navigation system, lane departure warning systems, LED foglights, adaptive cruise control, shift paddles and a touchscreen navigation system.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Engine Specs
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander ES, SE, and SEL all come with a 2.4L 4-cyl engine under their hood. The output for the powerplant above stands at 166 hp and 162 pounds of torque. Standard specs include a FWD and a CVT system. During Edmunds SEL model test drive, it was revealed that an acceleration to 60 mph would cost it 9.2 seconds, which is lackluster in the segment in comparison to other models in the segment.
Opting for high-performance GT gets you a 3L V6 good for 224 hp and 215 pounds of torque. Both the 6-speed auto and an AWD are standard.
Fuel economy ratings for the four-cylinder engine stand at 25/31/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/29/26 mpg with the all-wheel-drive.
Those for the V6 stand at 20/27/23 mpg. With the four-cylinder under the hood, expect a maximum towing capacity rated at 1,500 pounds, and up to 3,500 pounds for the V6 powered GT.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
Buyers should expect the base ES to set them an MSRP starting from $22,995. As for the release date, available reports indicate the vehicle is already bound for dealership in the coming weeks.