Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander Review: “A truly serious car” by Naoto Shimazaki

The gasoline model I test drove was in red metallic, which is the same color of the Outlander on the front cover of the catalog. I didn’t hate the plain exterior of the previous generation, so my first impression of the new one was that it had a strong and impressive look.

In comparison, the changes made to the interior were very small. There were no changes made around the instrument panel, console, and switches. Meanwhile, the decorations on the steering wheel and the spokes were changed, but they have the same basic form. I thought that it would have been better if they had changed the shape of the instrument panel.

However, the all-new Outlander’s running performance is better than its predecessor. The PHEV is more popular than the gasoline version of the Outlander, but the latter’s running performance has also been improved. The soft feel of the dampers, the smooth and solid ride, and the quality ride performance are evocative of the reliable second-generation Pajero. Or possibly, the second-generation Diamante. Somehow, it had that sense of security and enduring disposition of nostalgic Mitsubishi cars.

The 2.4-liter engine (169ps/22.4kgf·m) offers a smooth and relaxed performance. The throttle response is sufficiently quick, realizing a drive without stress.

From a customer’s perspective, it is a serious car, so I feel like I want to encourage it. It has excellent running performance, and offers good interior and exterior designs that will make you feel something.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958.He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university.In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor, and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)