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Introduction:

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 2022 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/Minivan Gasoline
67
 overall score
Category Ranking: 32

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, has been completely redesigned for 2022. In the cabin, there's decent room in the first 2 rows, and the seats are comfortable. The third-row seat 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. Under the hood, the Outlander gets a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (181 hp). On the road, the Outlander’s powertrain feels anemic, the CVT feels sluggish, and excessive road, tire, and drivetrain noise and vibration permeate the cabin. Fuel-economy ratings—26 mpg in combined city/highway driving—are less than spectacular. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is an option. The Outlander’s ride quality is a bit firm, but its handling in everyday driving is responsive. 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, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Lots of room forpassengers and cargo
  • Long list of standard safetyfeatures
  • Best-in-class warranty

Weak Points

  • Underpowered engine
  • Poor fuel economyratings
  • Excessive noise/vibrationfelt from the road anddrivetrain

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: 14
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.5L 4-Cyl. DOHC GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 181 @ 6000

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

9.40

Fuel Efficiency:

4.44

EPA Emissions Score:

6.00

Acceleration:

2.08

Braking:

5.79

Handling:

6.41

Ride Quality:

6.54

Interior Size:

4.38

Easy of Entry and Exit:

7.03

Visibility:

7.59

Interior Noise:

5.22

Cargo Capacity:

3.11
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