2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceeds Long-Term Review

The things we love

  • Sharp exterior design
  • Stylish cabin with plenty of equipment
  • Seven seat flexibility

not much

  • The Atmo engine and CVT range are uninspiring
  • Ride on company 20s for SUV family
  • The back seat packaging is a little tight
  • The boot is not as great as expected
  • Some concerns about cabin quality

Long-term test: you are welcome

If you were to include the factors that prompted people to buy the old 3G Mitsubishi Outlander We suspect that “desire” will appear near the top. The value and hassle-free ownership experience, plus the long-warranty security, are likely the primary (and very worthwhile) attractions.

So why am I so intrigued by what the all-new fourth-generation model looks like? I find myself turning back to take a quick look every time I stop the car, and honestly, if I was the type to whistle low appreciation, I would have done just that when I got to Wheels garage. I know the styling is subjective, but in my view, the new Outlander is a very stylish family SUV.

Our Outlander long-term specs are particularly impressive. Finished in Cosmic Blue ($740 option), this is the second top-of-the-line Exceed AWD and has a price tag of $47,990 before road costs.

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If that sounds a little too pricey, you can move your Boom to an all-new, front-wheel drive Outlander ES for as little as $34,490 (plus road driving costs). The two share the same powertrain, so studying whether the Exceed is worth an additional $13,500 is one of the priorities for this longer loan. Initial impressions are yes, but more on that soon.

We have bigger plans for the Outlander, too. Currently, the only engine/gearbox available across the range is a somewhat uninspiring 2.5-liter atmo petrol paired with a CVT transmission. We singled out this powertrain as a weak spot in a recent group test against the Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester, with the Outlander finishing last.

But while the atmo petrol engine is a bit disappointing, a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander is coming soon. It will boast a 98 kW/195 Nm 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol engine powered by two twin electric motors and a larger 20 kWh battery capable of driving electric only 87 km.

Wheels reviews 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceeds 4WD Cosmic Blue Australia Long termer A Brooke Bay Engine

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Mitsubishi doesn’t share total system output yet, but the two engines produce 85kW/255Nm and 100kW/195Nm respectively, so performance and efficiency should see tangible gains. Once the PHEV gets to the bottom, we’ll swap this Exceed for one to see if it can deliver on that promise.

So it’s a positive start for the new Outlander, just like the exterior, the interior has been treated to a revolutionary overhaul. This is the most beautiful Mitsubishi cabin I’ve ever sat in. The design is simple and elegant, the materials feel a step up for Mitsubishi and the equipment levels are high.

Every Outlander scores Apple CarPlay Wireless and Android Auto, but mid-spec variants and above get heated leather seats, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The DVDs are paired with a large central 9-inch touch screen, and while it might not be the smoothest system on sale, it’s easy to use and boasts crisp graphics.

Reviews of Wheels 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed AWD Australia Long Termer Interior Cab 03 A Brook

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Exceed trim adds a panoramic sunroof, rear passenger window blinds, front seat position memory, a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system and three-zone climate control.

The new Outlander shares a platform with the new Nissan X-Trail arriving soon. It’s longer and wider than before and its wheelbase has been extended, increasing the sense of cabin space.

The second row slides and folds in a 40:20:40 ratio, plus there’s the added flexibility of the third row that folds neatly into the boot floor. The two extra seats are a blessing, although it’s more 5+2 than the real seven. Indeed, for family duties, the total space is sufficient and not a commodity.

Video Reviews of Wheels 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander AWD Australia Long Termer Interior 3rd row seat A Brook

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We are a young family so my wife sits in the second row keeping Baby Inwood company and behind my sitting position (I’m 6ft 2) her knee room was a little cramped.

The trunk does not swallow the stroller as easily as you might expect. With the third row folded, the capacity is 478 liters, about 100 liters less than what you get in a Toyota RAV4, and I have to fold the stroller footrest up and angle it 45 degrees to fit. Not a bargain, but it’s starting to get a little annoying.

Little concern for quality was also shown. The leather lining of the center console separates itself as it joins the piano black near the transmission.

These are small fists, however, and the Outlander’s experience has been very positive so far. It definitely changes my opinion of the painting. I used to think of it as an SUV that you bought with your head more than your heart, but this sleek new model wins over me.

The things we love

  • Sharp exterior design
  • Stylish cabin with plenty of equipment
  • Seven seat flexibility

not much

  • The Atmo engine and CVT range are uninspiring
  • Ride on company 20s for SUV family
  • The back seat packaging is a little tight
  • The boot is not as great as expected
  • Some concerns about cabin quality

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