2020 mitsubishi outlander

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander adds its name to the growing popularity of compact SUVs. There is a lot of competition in this category, and I am not sure that the Mitsubishi Outlander can come out ahead. I think it comes down to the non-negotiables you have when purchasing a vehicle. So, let’s check it out.


Model Options

You will have plenty of trim options with the Outlander. ES, SE, LE, SP, SEL, and GT round out the six trims you have to choose from.

What’s new for 2020?

An 8.0-inch touchscreen is new for most trim levels. The rear seats now have USB ports. A new midlevel SP trim has been added to the Outlander lineup.  


An 8.0-inch touchscreen is new for most trim levels. The rear seats now have USB ports. A new midlevel SP trim has been added to the Outlander lineup.

This compact SUV seats 5-7 passengers in three rows of seats. If you go with the plug-in version you will only get two rows. Decent is the word that seems to fit the amount of cargo capacity.  

Compared to its rivals, Outlander’s interior is not as upscale or modern. This aging design does sit in a cabin that is quiet and well built.  

Drive Time

The Outlander has the only plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) which can run solely on electricity for short periods of time. The gas engine will provide backup when the battery runs out. You can expect to get 25 city and 30 highway mpg.   

Tech and Safety

Technology is on the top of a lot of people’s list, so this might be a deal breaker. Yes, the Outlander comes standard with a touchscreen and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, but the infotainment system is unattractive and less than intuitive. Outlander provides up to three USB ports and three 12-volt outlets, which seems like more than enough, but most of its competitors have more power points. A little bounce back, the GT plug-in hybrid has an exclusive 1500-watt AC power supply with two outlets that can power an LED TV or other power-hungry devices. 

Available for this 2020 is emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Also available are: available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.   

Final Thoughts

I guess if you are not asking for much in a vehicle, this compact SUV will do the job. The amount of trims available might prove that there is something that works for you. However, I wouldn’t jump to committing to this vehicle before looking at others.

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