2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Review, Feature and Images – The Mitsubishi Outlander has languished since its glory days as an SUV in the ’90s. It’s important to Mitsubishi that Outlander comes back, and the total redesign for model year 2014 is their best shot. But how much excitement does it take, nowadays? How much excitement do other cars in that field have? Mitsubishi targets the Kia Sorento, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Only the Sorento seats seven people like the Outlander; a third row isn’t available with the CR-V, and Toyota dropped the third row for 2013 due to lack of demand. Does Mitsubishi know something Toyota doesn’t? Although it was fully redesigned, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander was criticized for its underpowered engines, meager cargo space and tiny third row.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (automatic), though a V6 mated to a six-speed automatic is available. A few test drivers found the four-cylinder engine to have sufficient power for driving in the city, but most said it feels underpowered on the highway. They noted the Outlander feels more potent with the V6, but not as strong as V6-powered rivals. A base 2014 Outlander, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 25/31 mpg city/highway, is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid SUVs in the class. Some test drivers said the Outlander has composed handling through turns, but others said that it doesn’t handle as well as some rivals. A few also commented that the steering is light, which they appreciated when driving slowly but not when moving at higher speeds.
Some test drivers wrote that the redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has nice cabin materials, but others thought the materials seem cheap. Seating for seven is standard, and reviewers agreed that the third row is tiny and only suitable for occasional use by children. Overall cargo space is very small for a 2014 midsize SUV and less than even that of some compact SUVs. Automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo are standard, and features like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, navigation, a USB port, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a Rockford Fosgate audio system and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen are available. Critics found it difficult to enter an address into the navigation system, citing a complicated menu structure.
Safety features on all Outlanders include seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag), electronic stability control with traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution (EBD); hill start assist, and tire pressure monitor.
The Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, a backup camera, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, Bluetooth and Mitsubishi’s Fuse hands-free Link System with a USB port. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance systems are also available.
One reviewer writes that it can be difficult to program the navigation system, while others praise the Rockford Fosgate stereo system, which can adjust audio levels so that different songs play at the same volume level. Another reviewer likes the headlamp-leveling function, which allows the driver to lower the headlight beam when there is a heavy load in back to prevent blinding oncoming drivers.