With Korean Hyundai and Kia aggressively gobbling up the market from Japanese giants Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda, some of the lesser-known Japanese brands may get forgotten by the average consumer. With Suzuki and Isuzu having long ago departed US shores, Mitsubishi is has remained, offering some hidden gems in the automotive segment. With the SUV segment being hotter than the sun right now, the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi’s long-time SUV staple, is a very strong offering. The first things we will say about this car are that it drives really well for the price point, and has good visibility for a safe drive. Busy parents with safety on their minds who are wanting to get from point A to point B with as little hassle as possible will find charm in this cool but collected ride. Speaking on safety, this car does also have 11 standard airbags so in the unfortunate case of an accident, you’ll be about as shrouded in safety as possible for any car on the road.
Also offering a stylish interior and exterior with 3 rows of seating for a total of 7 passengers, including a stylish touch with diamond quilted stitched seating; a very up-market, impressive look for an SUV that tops out well below $40,000 with every option box ticked. The Outlander comes with a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty, which covers engine, transmission, and differential: a great backing for Mitsubishi’s rally-developed 2.5L 4 cylinder.
Starting at $26k, this vehicle is an excellent value SUV, that looks and feels excellent for the price point. The 181hp engine will not win many drag races, but the power is plenty for daily runabouts, while the 31 miles per gallon on the highway is great for a vehicle of this size.
If you’re on the market for an affordable, 7 passenger SUV that’s also stylish, well-made and rare enough so that you are not likely to sit next to an identical one at every other light, the Outlander is a great choice over the big-name competitors from Japan and Korea.