All-New Flagship Crossover
Welcome to the reimagined, all-new 2022
Mitsubishi Outlander for what should be a contender in the hot compact crossover
segment. With a new exterior and interior that includes a third-row seat, the
2022 Outlander just may be what finally gets the public’s attention to the
Clean Fleet Report recently put about 100
miles on a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Touring, spending most of our brief
seat time on Southern California freeways. We got a feel for the ride comfort,
handling and performance, all the things this crossover will need to be a hit
with families. This Flash Drive is a first look review that will be followed by
a longer and more in-depth Road Test review at a later time.
The New Exterior
The all-new 2022 Outlander is
far more contemporary that the outgoing model. No longer is the shape tall and
narrow but, as Mitsubishi says, the exterior was made “to express strength and
driving confidence.” The front end has three dominant features with the Dynamic
Shield grille, the bold spelling-out of O-U-T-L-A-N-D-E-R and the large, square
enclosures housing the LED headlights, fog lights, daytime running lights and
turn signals. The nose is rounded and sleek, leading to a lightly sculpted
The flat roof, with silver
roof rails and a power panoramic sunroof, extends to a spoiler that shades the
power (key FOB or foot-activated) lift gate, which separates the LED tail
lights that wrap the rear fenders. The use of chrome can be a bit much some
times, but Mitsubishi has done a good job of keeping the shiny stuff to a
tasteful minimum. The polished aluminum wheels with black inserts complemented
the strong lines of the side panels.
There are three basic trim
levels for the 2022 Outlander: ES, SE and SEL, and two special editions of the
SE Launch and SEL Launch. Clean Fleet Report drove the highly optioned
Outlander SEL with the Touring package. I’m trying not to look back too much to
the last generation Outlander, but the interior design, especially the dash and
cockpit, are hugely improved. The 2022 Outlander has grown by 2.0 inches in
width and 1.5 inches in height, which allowed the dash to be elongated in a way
that it amplifies the cabin spaciousness.
The 12.3-inch digital gauge
display was easy to read and understand, and the impressively large 10.8-inch
head-up display provided the important information to keep the driver’s eyes on
the road. Interior noise levels were very low.
New for 2022 is a 9.0-inch color
touchscreen with embedded navigation. The upgraded 10-speaker Bose premium
audio system, which thankfully had volume and channel knobs, included AM/FM HD
radio, SiriusXM and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Connectivity
included USB-A and C ports, Bluetooth and 12-volt power outlets.
The 2022 Outlander is
classified as a seven-passenger compact crossover, so finding a third-row
seat in the far back is unique, but it comes with a caveat. That third row
should be for an emergency–or for the very small of stature. Up front the
Outlander treats its occupants very nicely. The quilted leather seating was
supportive and was heated and eight-way power adjustable (with lumbar and
memory) for the driver, and heated, power four-way seat for the passenger. The second-row
seats were also heated. The second row passengers get air vents, side window
pull-up shades, privacy glass, reading lamps, and USB-A and C ports. The heated
leather steering wheel had paddle shifters and radio and telephone controls.
The second row is highly
configurable by splitting 40/20/40, and includes a long item pass-through. With
an easy pull of a lever in the rear cargo area, the second row folds flat to
provide 79.7 inches of cargo space, which is impressive for a compact
Power and Drivability
Across all trims, the 2022 Mitsubishi
Outlander comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181
horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed sport mode continuously
variable transmission (CVT), with paddle shifters, drove the front wheels, with
all-wheel drive available on any trim level for an additional $1,800. There is
a console-mounted wheel where the driver can select drive modes of Eco, Tarmac
(Mitsubishi for Sport), Normal, Gravel and Snow. If you opted for AWD, there is
also a Mud mode. Each mode affects shift points, throttle response and traction
The engine and transmission
combination was smooth and had sufficient power for most driving needs, but it
is not fast. A CVT by its nature is not a performance transmission, so the
paddle shifters helped a bit by holding the CVT in a power band for more pull.
The EPA rates fuel economy at 24 mpg city/30 highway/26 combined. In our brief
100-mile run we averaged 27.7 mpg. Fuel economy numbers reported by Clean
Fleet Report are non-scientific and represent the reviewer’s driving
experience using the dash gauge computer. Your numbers may differ.
Driving Experience: On the Road
Clean Fleet Report’s
Outlander was shod with 255/45 all-season tires on 20-inch alloy wheels. Coming
in at 3,803 pounds, the ride was smooth with a good confident drive quality.
There was moderate body roll on the hardest of corners, but lifting off the
accelerator remedied that quickly. The electric power steering was neutral-to-a-bit-light
on the road, but was perfect in-town for parking and maneuvering at slow
speeds. Stopping was straight and true with no fading from the four-wheel
ventilated discs, ABS system, with electronic brake force distribution, brake
assist, active yaw stability control and traction control.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SE and SEL trims are equipped with Mitsubishi’s Mi-Pilot driver assist that comes with adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. This is not a self-driving system, but when you release your hands from the steering wheel, the system will keep the Outlander between the lines, and bring it to a complete stop if necessary. Please read a full description of this system before taking your hands off the wheel.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is highly equipped with standard safety equipment. The details are here. Among them are active and passive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that include front, side, curtain and knee airbags, lane change assist, forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, blind spot and lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and park assist sensors.
The Outlander comes with a two-year introductory subscription to Mitsubishi Connect, giving owners a telematic system that connects them to a call center for emergencies (certain emergencies are reported automatically).
convenience features include wireless phone charging, push button engine start,
floor mats, headlight washers, rain sensing windshield wipers, multi-view
camera system, tilt and telescopic steering column, power-folding (with memory),
heated side mirrors, a tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist and three-zone
automatic climate control with micron air filtration.
Pricing and Warranties
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in five
trims with front-wheel drive standard. Add $1,800 to these prices for all-wheel
drive. Prices are MSRP and include the $1,195 destination and handling charge.
The 2022 Mitsubishi
Outlander comes with these warranties:
– 10 years/100,000 miles
– Five years/60,000 miles
– Seven years/100,000 miles
Assistance – Five years/Unlimited miles
Observations: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi has a winner on their hands
with the all-new 2022 Outlander. But will the public add it to their shopping
consideration list? Smart shoppers will if they want a compact crossover with a
massive amount of cargo space with the seats folded flat, standard driver
safety technology, the ability to put a couple of the little ones in the far
back third row, and one of the best warranties.
The styling is modern, the interior
materials and fit-and-finish are as good as anything in this category, and the
fuel economy, while not high, is acceptable. Oh, but if fuel economy is your
thing, Mitsubishi has teased a plug-in hybrid version of the 2022 Outlander is
on the not-so-far-off horizon (replacing the current 2021 PHEV model).
Have you ever considered a Mitsubishi?
Have you ever been in one of its remodeled dealerships? Apparently many people
have been lately, as sales results for March 2021 saw an increase of 59 percent
compared with March 2020. This is the best sales month for Mitsubishi in nearly
two years. So get over to your local dealer and see the latest they have to
We also just drove the 2022
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, a more stylish, but slightly smaller two-row
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Story by John Faulkner.
Photos by Mitsubishi.
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