- Redesigned for 2014
- Seating for seven passengers now standard
- Improved fuel economy thanks to 200 pound weight loss and aerodynamic improvements
The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander offers new styling, improved fuel economy, and better interior materials in a necessary update to stay competitive in a crowded segment.
Not to be confused with its five-seat cousin, the Outlander Sport, the 2014 Outlander gets a comprehensive exterior makeover that completely changes the character of the crossover. The previous version of the Outlander looked like an oversized Lancer from the front, an association that was not particularly flattering. It’s now a more rounded, flowing design that Mitsubishi says reduces drag by 7 percent. 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, automatic wipers, and fog lamps are standard. SE and GT trims offer a power liftgate for convenient loading.
The Outlander offers a pair of powertrain options. ES and SE trims feature a 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT, while the GT upgrades to a 224-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed automatic and also adds standard all-wheel drive (optional on SE models). Fuel economy has improved as well. Front-wheel drive ES and SE models are the most efficient at 25/31 mpg city/highway (AWD SE models get 24/29 mpg), while GT models with the larger engine return 20/28 mpg.
Inside, the 2014 Outlander was overdue for an upgrade from both a materials and a design perspective. Gone is the cookie-cutter, milquetoast interior design of last year’s model for a driver-centric cockpit that now features less plastic and a more modern look to it. The center console is now covered in a glossy black finish that ties it to the instrument panel. Standard features include automatic climate control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a 140-watt stereo. Plenty of technology is also available, including a navigation system, HD radio, and an upgraded audio system.
When it comes to safety, Mitsubishi has added a trio of newly offered safety technologies: lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision mitigation, which will help apply the brakes to the Outlander if it senses an impending collision. Standard safety features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. A backup camera is optional.