The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is offered with two different engines: a 166-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, or a 224-horsepower, 3.0L V6. Four-cylinder models utilize a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while shifting in V6 models is handled by a conventional 6-speed automatic. The V6 is only available on GT models.
The layout underneath the Outlander is like that of most crossovers in this class, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension. An electric power steering system helps provide good weighting and responsiveness while reducing fuel consumption. EPA gas mileage ratings for the 4-cylinder models ranges up to 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The Outlander may not present as a hard-core off-roader, but it has enough toughness and ground clearance to get through loose, rocky trails and the occasional forest road. S-AWC models (with all-wheel drive) include an electronically controlled center coupling and an open rear differential. The system is supplemented by an active front differential that helps get the torque split correct between front wheels, which is especially helpful in low-traction situations like ice, snow and mud.
In all models, the second row can fit up to three, and it's 60/40 split, with the seatbacks folding forward for more cargo capability or reclining, and there are adjustments for sliding fore and aft as well. The third row can fit two, and it's split 50/50, with a fold-flat mechanism. With both rows folded, the Outlander has up to 128 cubic feet of cargo space.
Equipment included on base ES models of the Outlander includes dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat heat ducts, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, cruise control, a 7-inch touch-screen display, steering-wheel audio controls and a 6-speaker sound system with 140 watts.
Stepping up to the SE adds, a passive-entry system and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Bluetooth, a second USB port, automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning. SEL trims add a power tailgate, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Top of the line Outlander GT models come with rain-sensing wipers, standard multi-view camera and heated steering wheel, an 8-way power driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, a premium Mitsubishi Power sound system and leather seat trim.
High-tech safety come standard on all trims above the SE which include Forward Collision Mitigation and Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and rain-sensing wipers.