First Look: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact sport utility vehicle, a model that was introduced for the 2003 model year and updated four years later. Its next update will take place in 2013, when the 2014 Outlander hits the market. This vehicle is sold in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, seats seven and will offer a hybrid edition for the first time too.

Performance

The 2014 Outlander will be available in three trim levels with a 2.4-liter in-line four cylinder engine offered with its ES and SE models. This engine makes use of valve timing electronic fuel injection and continuously-variable valve lift timing technology and makes 166 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 foot-pounds of torque at 4,200 rpm. The base engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission.

Choose the Outlander GT and your SUV comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. This 24-valve fuel-injected engine makes 224 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 215 foot-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Outlander Features

Standard equipment across the Outlander line includes keyless entry, a tilt and telescopic steering column, an alarm system, a third row fold-flat seat, a 6-speaker audio system, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, electric power steering and privacy glass.

Choose the SE edition and this model adds leather touches to the steering wheel and to the shift knob. A hands free infotainment system with a 140-watt audio system are also added. This edition includes push button start, heated front seats, a rear view camera system, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Outlander GT upgrades the standard halogen headlamps to high-intensity discharge headlights. SiriusXM satellite radio, rain sensing wipers and interior and exterior trim options are available. Premium and touring packages are available with the SE and GT models, offering a panoramic glass sunroof, an upgraded audio system, adaptive cruise control, a navigation system and additional safety features including lane departure warning.

Model Dimensions

The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander sits on a 105.1-inch wheelbase and is 183.3 inches long. This vehicle measures 66.1 inches tall, 70.9 inches wide and offers 128.6 cubic feet of passenger room. Additional vehicle specifications including its weight, towing capacities and storage options will be released in 2013.

Safety Features

Outlander is outfitted with seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag. This crossover model includes active stability control, traction control, hill start assist, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake force distribution and a reinforced chassis for rigidity.

Mitsubishi will seek to improve its safety success by offering a new model that meets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top safety pick criteria. Recent Outlander models have fallen just short in this endeavor, winning “good” grades in moderate overlap front test and side impact tests, while scoring “acceptable” in roof strength and rear crash protection tests.