The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has three rows of seats with seating for up to seven passengers. (Mitsubishi)

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has three rows of seats with seating for up to seven passengers. (Mitsubishi)

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander moves into upscale territory

Completely new version has bold design, a roomier interior, advanced infotainment and safety features.

The Mitsubishi Outlander gets a welcome makeover for 2022, with improvements to nearly every aspect. Bold exterior design makes an impression, width and wheelbase expansions enable more room for passengers and cargo, new styling and higher-grade materials make the interior upscale, and advanced safety features abound.

Outlander has three trim levels: ES, SE, and SEL. Pricing with a $1,295 destination charge included starts at $27,790. All three models have front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available for another $1,800. The AWD has six drive modes to adjust the electronically controlled system for preference, various road conditions, and the weather.

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in ES, SE, and SEL trim levels with front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. (Mitsubishi)

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in ES, SE, and SEL trim levels with front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive. (Mitsubishi)

As a compact SUV with seven-passenger seating, the Outlander is a rarity. The tight third row has two small seats inadequate for older kids and out of the question for adults. But with the sliding second-row seats pushed forward, there’s enough room inside for up to five young children, and the front passenger seat is still available for a big person. So, if your life includes frequent chauffeuring of multiple wee people but you don’t want a big SUV, Outlander might be the answer.

Outlander is, of course, also suitable exclusively for adults, just fewer of them.

Engineers shored up Outlander’s structure to significantly increase rigidity and thereby deliver great driving stability. Ride comfort wasn’t compromised in the process. Outlander deals well with ramshackle road surfaces yet doesn’t feel floaty when the going gets smooth.

The sole powertrain is a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine hooked to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It mobilizes the Outlander adequately if not forcefully, and gives good fuel economy of 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined, with front-wheel drive. With AWD the numbers are 24/30/26 mpg.

All 2022 Outlanders come with wired Android Auto capability. Apple CarPlay is wired on the base model and wireless on SE and higher trim levels. The new infotainment system is easy to comprehend, with touchscreen operation as well as physical controls. There are several infotainment systems on offer, standard or optional, depending on trim level.

Modern design and upgraded materials highlight the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The SEL interior is shown here. (Mitsubishi)

2022 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SEL AWD

Base price, including destination charge: $35,040

Price as driven: $37,995

Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by automotive manufacturers as a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control content of the reviews.

Talk to us

More in Life

Presented by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” — a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play — will run through Oct. 2 at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds. (Photo courtesy Dale Sutton)
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

MUSIC Mill Creek Summer Concert Series: The music concludes with Big Dog… Continue reading

From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)
Django music festival returns to Whidbey Island this week

DjangoFest is taking place from Sept. 21-25 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

The 2023 Defender is Land Rover’s toughest and most capable SUV. (Land Rover)
2023 Land Rover Defender comes to the rescue during wildfire

With the Bolt Creek fire raging and an evacuation looming, a little sports car just wouldn’t do.

Caption: Easy ways to make time for reading when you are a busy parent.
How busy parents can find time to read — and not just to the kids

Jennifer Bardsley shares her strategies for raising readers, from toddlers to teenagers

Planting containers in the shoulder season

September and October can be tricky times of the year when it… Continue reading

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Near-death experience planted seeds for downtown Everett toy store

Former attorney Tom Harrison survived 9/11. It caused him to ask what’s important in life. Today, he runs MyMyToyStore.

Mazda CX-30 Crossover (Mazda)
2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium Plus

The crossover seats five adults and delivers the freedom to match active lifestyles.

2022 Kia Sportage Hybride SX Prestige

The 2022 Kia Sportage is marketed as the “ultimate urban SUV.”

2022 BMW X3 M40i (BMW)
2022 BMW X3 M40i

BMW is probably the best at naming cars with letters and numbers.

Most Read