2022 Mitsubishi Outlander AWC – On a Budget 3-Row SUV Review

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: most affordable 3 Row Crossover Utility Vehicle comprehensively redesigned with greater flair and comfort care. Starting at $27k tester = $35k

FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND. As in DOLLARS. Mitsubishi Motors wants consumers to keep that figure in mind. Because as of September 2021 it is the average transaction price Americans paid for a new vehicle. Walk into the rarer Diamond Star brand showroom and their most expensive vehicle undercuts the average new car transaction price by a wide margin.

A completely re-designed 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5L AWC 3-Row, based on parent automaker Nissan’s Rogue 2-Row compact crossover, resumes its place on ROADBLAZING.COM On a Budget new vehicle list, filling any internet browser query for “most affordable 3-Row, 7-passenger mid-size crossover SUV in the land.”

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L AWC Driving Hits:

  • 181 horsepower = +10% hp improvement (vs. outgoing 2018 Outlander 2.4L SEL AWC) on 87 AKI unleaded gasoline

    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: Nissan sourced 2.5L DOHC gas I-4 sticks with CVT , offers all-wheel drive, enhances pep, returning 26 MPG
  • 181 pound-feet = +12% pound-feet torque                  ”                                 “
  • 8-step automatic continuously variable transaxle w/ center console toggle shift lever & steering wheel dorsal shift paddles
  • 5 drive modes: Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Snow Gravel (6th “Mud” mode in AWC only models)

    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: 6 drive modes
  • Peppier than predecessor’s 2.4L, without resorting to turbocharging
  • 26 combined miles per gallon, 438 miles highway range without resorting to electrification…yet.
  • ABS torque vectoring included
  • Fully independent suspension commendably filters any quiver from the immense 20″ inch wheels maintaining mostly adequate motion control
  • Large disc brake rotors at each corner
  • Vastly tighter panel seams (vs. 2017 Outlander 2.4L SEL AWC)
  • Substantial wind and road noise reduction

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L AWC Driving Misses:

  • No V-6 or turbocharging powerplant option trails competition
  • CVT’s don’t snap off redline shifts
  • Fair bit of body roll to accomodate 20″ wheels
  • Little road feel at the helm
  • Brakes response languid
  • No hybrid option…yet
  • Non-engaging engine or exhaust note

What It Has Got:

  • Pricing: from $26,990 (incl. destination) for an 8-step automatic continuously variable transaxle, front wheel drive 4th generation GN21 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L ES, replacing 3rd generation Outlander GG series.
    • As tested 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L ES AWC = $35,295

      2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: Bolder shoulder front end with lots of chrome bling
  • ALL NEW FOR ’22: Complete re-designed and newly powered 3-Row crossover utility vehicle, based on T33 Nissan Rogue.
    • Clamshell hood flows onto tri-lateral bar upper grill flowing outboard to thin directionals / DRL bars; Dark lattice middle center grille = flanked by chunky inboard fang housing LED light arrays, with chrome borders; Lower air intake splitter followed by body color simulated skid plate; Large wheel arches feature tracing creases;
    • Tall beltline allows for powerful splitting upper style line crease and pronounced lower cheatline; B & C pillars = darkened to match privacy glass tint. Gloss black upper and trailing edge of D-Pillar evokes “floating roof” effect; Subtle lateral scoop with boomerang wrap-around taillamps adorn middle Kammback liftgate; Lower liftgate is “U”scooped again for a license plate bowl; Body color matching lower bumper features false dual corner exhaust outlet bezel while contrasting simulated skid plate is is emphatic

      2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: “Floating roof” implemented
  • Dark clad, over-sized wheel arches accommodates up to 18″ to 20″ inch wheels
  • Fits 5 adults with spaciousness + 2 tyke sized

    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: 3rd Row in a pinch is a 3rd Row which pinches legroom
  • 3 Row seating, 2nd Row: 40/20/40% split folding backs, 60/40% split sliding bench; 3rd Row: 50/50% split folding backs
  • 34.1 (expandable to 65.4) cubic feet of belongings
    • Sub cargo floor storage (for 3rd Row headrests)
    • Cup holders x 4, Bottle holders x 6

      2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: versatile cargo hold configuration features low load liftover
  • Exquisite build, materials and control details levels
  • Comprehensive standard feature set
    • √ Power windows, front full express; Power door locks; Dual Row 1 vanity mirror sunvisors; Heated side mirrors
    • Keyless entry, push button ignition; 2-zone automatic climate control;
    • LED headlights & taillights, Delay windshield wipers & de-icer(AWC only), Headlamps washers (AWC only)
    • 7.0″ TFT gauge cluster multi-function meter
    • 8.0″ capacitive touch LCD media display
    • Bluetooth handsfree communication; SMS messaging
    • 6-speaker HD FM, AM radio streaming audio
    • Android Auto, AppleCar Play, MirrorLink phone projection
    • USB-A x 1, USB-C x 1, 12V x 2
  • Excellent safety features & ratings
    • IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus – 2022 MY highest possible safety rating
  • Driver assist tech (standard)
    • 10 Airbags including driver’s knee, Row 2 outboard and center; Roll over avoidance speed mitigation; Standard LED headlights; Automatic headlamps & high-beam activation; Rear view camera w/ park guidance grid
    • Autonomous driver assistance
      • Pedestrian and low speed forward collision avoidance braking, Blind spot warning, Rear cross traffic emergency auto-braking
  • 5 years / 60,000 miles bumper to bumper, 10 years / 100,000 miles powertrain warranties

What It Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • Blinding reflections from front-end exterior mirror chrome bling
  • No available front seat cooling
  • Row 3 legroom no better than outgoing model, suitable only for kindergartners
  • No Row 3 vents
  • No Row 2 Captain’s chairs option, cushions short
  • Front center armrest distant; Miniscule center console sub-armrest bin
  • Scheduled maintenance not included

Standout Feature(s) on 2022 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 2.5L SEL AWC :

  • 20″ alloy wheels
  • Puddle lamps;  genuine turned aluminum accents
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror, Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • 3-Zone automatic climate control,  Row 2 front center console aft climate controls
  • Power folding side mirrors, Power liftgate (SE and up)

    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: quilted leather seating, 8-way driver, 4-way pax powered w/ heating
  • Heated quilted Leather seats (SEL and up), 4-way passenger power adjust, driver’s 3 position seat & side mirror memory
  • 12.3″ inch variable digital driver instrument cluster

    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: available 12.3″ digital gauge cluster duplicates map from 9.0″ navigation equipped infotainment screen
  • 9.0″ inch touch & voice command, guidance native GPS cloud navigation media display, w/ Sirius Travellink apps
  • Qi inductive wireless phone charging tray; Row 1 overhead console retracting sunglasses bin
  • Mi Pilot Advanced Autonomous Driver Assistance:
    • Stop and Go full adaptive cruise control; Lane keep assist steering correction; NaviLink traffic dependent navigation routing

      2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5L SEL AWC: vehicle and ADAS status displayed in available 12.3″ digital gauge cluster

One Final Available, but non-included, Splurge  SEL Touring Package:

  • ♦ Heated steering wheel; ♦ 10.8″ Heads Up Display; ♦ Bose 10-speaker audio; ♦ Aniline leather seating; ♦ Panoramic power moonroof; ♦ 2nd Row door manual sunshades

Which Trim to Pick:

  • Roadblazing.com “Best Value Trim Pick”: 2022 Mitsubishi SE AWC Launch package = most SEL cosmetics and amenities, except leather seating, power passenger seat and 2nd Row climate control, saves $2300.

Competition to Consider: Kia Sorento: less showy look, available 2nd Row captain’s chairs, adult usable 3rd Row legroom

Buying Tips:

    1. When possible, locate an outgoing model year vehicle. They come with greater manufacturer sale and lease incentives.
    2. Do Your Homework.” Scour manufacturer websites for “Rebates”, “Incentives” or “Special Offers.”
    3. Be flexible on options and colors. Be willing to consider what other consumers might readily pass on.

Roadblazing.com Says: Newly, Nissan nicely nuanced, meeting small family need for affordable 3 Row crossover SUV.

An automotive enthusiast since an orange toy VW Beetle ended up in his playpen and following him everywhere, George Straton has been chief editor at ChicagoNow.com/Drive-He-Said automotive lifestyle blog since 2010. In 2017 George established Roadblazing.com, dedicated to accurate automotive reviews, news and road trip stories. George is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Phoenix Automotive Press Association. George also happens to be an attorney and Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers fan. Present ride: 2022 Mazda 3 Turbo AWD Hatchback.

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