2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a solid SUV that is somehow overlooked in the Kenyan Market. People would rather buy the less practical and over-glorified Toyota Harrier and overlook this versatile SUV. There's freedom of choice and all but if important factors such as utility, off-road capability and 7-seater capacity are considered, then the Outlander is without question the better SUV. It competes with the Toyota Harrier, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Vanguard, Toyota Rav4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.

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Detailed Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a medium sized SUV manufactured in Japan since 2001. The first generation was sold as Airtrek in Japan and Outlander in other markets. Production of the Airtrek ceased in 2008 and the name was dropped entirely. The third generation was launched in 2012 with a new hybrid known as the Outlander PHEV injected into the lineup. The PHEV is a radically different SUV with plug-in capability and most Kenyan buyers are interested in its long-term suitability to this market. For a detailed analysis of the Outlander PHEV, refer to the Mitsubishi Outlander Buyer’s Guide

The 4WD non-hybrid models are powered by a 2.4-Litre 4J12 MIVEC petrol engine and the 2WD models are powered by a 2.0-Litre 4J11 MIVEC petrol engine that are linked to a 6-Speed INVECS-III CVT transmission. The 4WD modes are electronically controlled allowing the driver to select between three modes; 4WD ECO, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK. The 4WD ECO mode automatically switches between 2WD and 4WD to match road surface and driving conditions. The 4WD Outlander is a capable off-road vehicle with a drivetrain that borrows heavily from the successful Pajero platform.

The Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-Litre 4B11 petrol engine that is coupled with a plug-in hybrid EV system that comes with 5 components, these are; a drive battery, 2 electric motors, the 2.0L engine, a generator and a transaxle. The PHEV is available in full time 4WD. We have done an in-depth analysis of these engines in the Mitsubishi Outlander Buyer’s Guide and if you want to know the most reliable and suitable engine for the Kenyan market, refer to the Mitsubishi Outlander Buyer’s Guide.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Grades

  1.  Mitsubishi Outlander 20G – This is the base grade that comes with the 2.0L engine, 18-Inch alloy rims, Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), fully automatic climate control, 2WD, 7 airbags, 7 seats and Active Stability Control.
  2. Mitsubishi Outlander 24G – This grade comes with the 2.4L engine, 18-Inch alloy rims, Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 7 seats and Active Stability Control.
  3. Mitsubishi Outlander 24G Safety Package – This grade comes with the 2.4L engine, 18-Inch alloy rims, Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 7 seats, Active Stability Control and e-Assist.
  4. Mitsubishi Outlander 24G Navi Package – This grade comes with the 2.4L engine, 18-Inch alloy rims, Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 7 seats, Active Stability Control, e-Assist, power tailgate, Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System(MMCS) with a high-definition 7-inch display
  5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV E – This is a made-to-order hybrid grade. Buyers have the option to select the equipment they want.
  6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV G – This is the base hybrid grade that comes with Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), 18-Inch alloy rims, fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 5 seats and Active Stability Control.
  7. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV G Safety Package – This is a hybrid grade that comes with Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), 18-Inch alloy rims, fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 5 seats and Active Stability Control and e-Assist.
  8. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV G Navi Package – This is a hybrid grade that comes with Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), 18-Inch alloy rims, fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 5 seats and Active Stability Control, e-Assist and Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System(MMCS) with a high-definition 7-inch display
  9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV G Premium Package – This is a luxury hybrid grade that comes with Auto Stop & Go (AS&G), 18-Inch alloy rims, fully automatic climate control, 4WD, 7 airbags, 5 seats and Active Stability Control, e-Assist, Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System(MMCS) with a high-definition 7-inch display, Rockford Forsgate sound system and genuine leather.

Interior
Legroom & Space
The interior is composed of a black color theme with a quality feel to it and an array of modern instruments. In the standard grades, the seats are upholstered with soft fabric and are available with options such as wood grain finish, a power glass sunroof and leather seats. All grades come with high-contrast gauge meters and a high-definition LCD multi information display.

The driver’s seat has power adjustment and both driver and front passenger seats are heated. At the first row quarters, the legroom is excellent with enough space to stretch and recline. The second row seats feature a new slide travel of 250mm providing more configurable legroom. The third row seat is wider and offers more legroom and comfort than its predecessor thanks to a width increase of 120mm.

Cabin Storage
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has many clever storage compartments. These are useful for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags etc. For the 1st row, there 4 cup-holders, door panel storage , a storage shelf below the dashboard, a glovebox and the center-box. For the second row, the only storage is on the front seat jacket pockets. For the third row, there is one pocket compartment on the left side.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Boot Space
The 2013 Outlander’s interior space is highly configurable for both passenger and luggage requirements. The 60/40 split second row seats come with a new double action folding mechanism that allows the user to move and fold the seats with ease. The third row seats now use a 50/50 split design and a one touch-tilt down mechanism that allows the seats to be lowered in a simple step. These changes give the luggage compartment a length of 1685mm which is 335mm longer than its predecessor.

Extras: Sunroof, Roof Rails

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features: 7 SRS airbags, Forward Collision Mitigation System(FCM), Lane Departure Warning System(LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control(ACC)

Exterior
The exterior design gives the new Outlander a refined look while keeping the body size virtually the same as its predecessor. The headlights and taillights have been upgraded to LEDs and the body contours have been refined to reduce drag and wind noise.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Fuel Consumption
2013 Outlander 2.0L Fuel Consumption: 15.2 Km/L
2013 Outlander 2.4L Fuel Consumption: 14.4 Km/L
2013 Outlander PHEV fuel Consumption: 18.6 KM/L(Hybrid Mode only).

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Acceleration
2013 Outlander 2.0L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 11.6 sec.
2013 Outlander 2.4L accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.8 sec.
2013 Outlander PHEV accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.8 sec.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 Litres

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Ground Clearance
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander has a ground clearance of 8.5 Inches(216mm) which is sufficient for off-road driving.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Stability and Handling
The Outlander has good stability and it feels reassuringly composed when driving around sharp bends. The 2.0L engine feels slightly underpowered especially when coming off a standstill and it takes long to accelerate.

Service and Maintenance Costs
Minor Service: At 10,000 km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, and Engine Oil
Major Service: At 15,000km. Requires Air Cleaner, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, ATF Filter, Cabin Filter, Plugs, Front Brake Pads, Rear Brake Pads, ATF Oil, and Engine Oil

Spare Parts Availability, Cost & Where to buy
Mitsubishi Outlander spares especially body parts are not as easily available in Kenya and they are sometimes expensive. Service parts are fairly affordable and easy to find within Nairobi and other major towns.

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Reliability

We have put together a detailed reliability report in the Buyer’s Guide. Click here to to purchase the Mitsubishi Outlander Buyer’s Guide.

Resale Value: Good

Mitsubishi Outlander Competitors: Toyota Harrier, Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Vanguard, Toyota Rav4, Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.

Cost of Ownership
See Latest Mitsubishi Outlander Prices here

Conclusion
The Mitsubishi Outlander is an outstanding SUV that makes a very compelling case especially to people with families. The 7-seater capacity and a spacious interior puts it above most of its competitors. Its 4WD system that borrows from the successful Pajero ensure that you can comfortably get in and out of muddy situations. Its definitely in the top tier and should not be overlooked when shopping for a mid-sized SUV.

What we like about the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
1. Spacious interior
2. Good off-road capability for the 4WD
3. 7 Seater capacity

What we don’t
1. Expensive parts

 

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