2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
The popular Mitsubishi SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander, has been doing fairly well during 2017, with the automaker hitting record sales twice thus far. Now entering the 2018 model year, the Outlander is still as strong as its previous model, with many features shared across the lineup and welcome upgrades for various trims. The largest changes can be found in the technology for entertainment and advanced safety.
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7-inch smartphone link display
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is made up of four trims – ES 2.4, SE 2.4, SEL 2.4, and GT 3.0; two drivetrain options – front-wheel drive and (super) all-wheel control; and two engines. The standard engine found on the first three trims is a 2.4-liter I4 engine designed with Mitsubishi’s own variable valve timing (VVT) technology (MIVEC), that helps optimize the engine’s horsepower and increases fuel economy. The vehicles with this engine generate 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Outlander GT 3.0 is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 with MIVEC, and it is able to generate up to 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Fuel Economy
The two drivetrain options are technically three considering one is just an advanced version of the other. The standard drivetrain on the first three trims is front-wheel drive, but consumers can upgrade to all-wheel control (AWC) with the Outlander ES 2.4, and super all-wheel control (S-AWC) with the Outlander SE 2.4 and Outlander SEL 2.4. The AWC drivetrain is Mitsubishi’s version of all-wheel drive for total driver control in various driving conditions. The Outlander GT 3.0 comes locked into the S-AWC drivetrain.
Following the same pattern as the engine, the first three trims of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander are equipped with Mitsubishi’s continuously variable transmission (CVT), and that helps the vehicle get the best fuel economy available. The three Outlander trims equipped with the 2.4L engine have a fuel economy of 25/30 mpg city/highway. The Outlander GT 3.0 is paired to an electronic 6-speed transmission instead of the Sportronic transmission that it had in 2017. The Outlander GT 3.0 has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 22 mpg.
Many of the exterior features from the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander remain the same on 2018 models. Standard features across the lineup consist of auto off headlights (auto on/off for the Outlander SEL 2.4 and Outlander GT 3.0), heated exterior mirrors, LED rear combination tail lights, and rear privacy glass. LED headlights and LED fog lights are optional on the Outlander SEL 2.4 and standard on the Outlander GT 3.0 trim. Side mirrors with turn signal indicators do pop up for the 2018 model year on all trims but the base, the Outlander ES 2.4.
Other features to look out for is the power glass sunroof with sunshade, optional on the Outlander SE 2.4 and Outlander SEL 2.4 and standard on the Outlander GT 3.0. For storing extra cargo, the first two Outlander trims come with a roof carrier plug-in, and the two high-end trims come with silver roof rails. All Outlander trims ride on 18-inch alloy wheels, either two-tone painted or straight black.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander lineup includes several features that are standard across the lineup. The only features missing from the base are more upscale features like leather upholstery or a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard features consist of 60/40 split-fold second row seats, 50/50 flat fold-down third row seats, and cloth upholstery. Heated front seats can be found on all but the base trim, and leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel can be found available on the Outlander SEL 2.4 and GT 3.0 trims.
Convenient features are more widespread, with lineup standards consisting of dual-zone automatic climate control, rear heater floor ducts, an ECO drive mode switch, and an underfloor cargo area storage. A power remote liftgate can be found on the Outlander SEL 2.4 and GT 3.0 trims. FAST-Key passive entry comes standard on all trims but the base trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror is standard for the top two trims.
Many great technology features can be found on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. Standard across the lineup are dual USB ports, steering wheel mounted controls for audio, phone, and voice (not on the base), digital HD Radio, and Bluetooth wireless technology. Standard on the first three trims is a rear-view camera, with a multi-view camera optional on the Outlander SEL 2.4 and standard on the Outlander GT 3.0. A 6-speaker system is the standard for the first three trims, but a 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate is an available upgrade on the Outlander SEL 2.4, and is standard on the Outlander GT 3.0. Lastly, a 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander base trim, but a 7-inch smartphone link display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes with the rest of the lineup.
Safety Features and Warranty
All of the 2017 safety features return for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander model, including an advanced dual-stage SRS front airbags, stability and traction control systems, LATCH anchors for LATCH-ready child seats, an anti-theft security alarm, and an anti-theft engine immobilizer. Advanced safety features available on the Outlander SEL 2.4 and standard on the Outlander GT 3.0 trims consist of adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, automatic high beam headlights, and blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist.
All Mitsubishi vehicles come with a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, and 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion and perforation limited warranty.