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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 2.5 S-AWC

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 35

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $30,645
Price as Tested: $34,495

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 14.5
EPA City mpg24
EPA Highway mpg30
EPA Combined mpg26
built after June 2021

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

Mitsubishi’s compact crossover, the Outlander, was completely for 2023 and is improved in many ways. Unfortunately, its powertrain feels anemic - the CVT feels sluggish, and excessive road, tire, and drivetrain noise and vibration permeate the cabin. Fuel-economy ratings, too, are unremarkable. Front-wheel drive is standard; allwheel drive is an option. The cabin provides decent room in the first 2 rows, and the seats are comfortable. The third-row is all but unusable, however, even for pint-size passengers. The cargo hold offers a generous 80 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The Outlander’s handling in everyday driving is responsive, although its ride is a bit firm. If road conditions turn dicey, you can choose from a half-dozen drive modes designed to handle everything from snow to mud. Added useful features include LED headlights, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a full suite of standard advanced safety features, plus a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Lots of room for passengers and cargo
  • • Long list of standard safety features
  • • Generous basic and powertrain warranty

Weak Points

  • • Underpowered engine
  • • Poor fuel-economy ratings
  • • Excessive noise and vibration from the road and drivetrain

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 3860.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 185.4 / 74.7 / 68.8
Wheelbase (in): 106.5
Number of air bags: 11
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Ecopia
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2,000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L I4 DOHC GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 181 @ 6,000

Test Data

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Handling: 6.00
Quality and Drivability: 6.09

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