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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Review: Expected Release Date, Price, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist June 30, 2020 at 07:30 AM
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is rumored to come with fresh new updates and supposed to be a redesigned car. The current model has been around for quite some time now and was launched in 2014 in the US market. Hence an update has been long overdue and the new Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi car that will take advantage of the Renault and Nissan partnership. Based on the Nissan Rogue platform, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to outperform the competition by a huge margin.

Initially known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek, the Outlander has received minor upgrades over the years. Now with the demand for SUV seeing no end, Mitsubishi seems to be taking the segment seriously, and hence the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to come with a major overhaul. It is rumored to offer the best value and offer a plug-in hybrid model as well. The 2020 Outlander has been in the limelight for its high ground clearance along with good fuel efficiency and Four-Wheel Drive with low emission.

The 2021 model will be the fourth-generation of the car and is expected to go through significant changes, based on the Engelberg Tourer concept and Renault-Nissan alliance. The comfort features and upgraded specifications are yet to be announced officially but the spy shots have been out. With our eyes waiting to capture even a fleeting look of this brawny beauty, here is what we do know about the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander.

What to expect under the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander’s hood?

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is rumored to offer a larger capacity engine option and add a plug-in hybrid model to the line-up. The current model has declared itself to be an adventurous vehicle, an explorer, and a complete package with 3-powertrains to keep its customers happy. On a high note, it will offer an improved PHEV model with an all-electric range of a decent 22-miles and good fuel economy. It will use a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that shall put out 126 horsepower, according to the rumors. The engine will be paired to two electric motors that will generate 93 hp of power. The battery will offer an electric-only range of around 22 miles.

The rest of the engine line-up is expected to remain the same with engines in a different state of tune. The current model’s base engine is not what would overwhelm everyone but the upgraded optional ones are quite impressive. The top of the line GT trim offers a V6 engine with better transmission making it the best performer amongst its siblings. The Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) comes with a 224HP V6 and standard 6-speed automatic transmission. An economy mode is also available which can be paired with all the drive modes including AWD and snow mode. The overall performance especially of the upgraded engine is comfortable and smooth. The 2021 Outlander is expected to be loaded with modern turbo-tech and will come with better capabilities as compared to the current model and its rivals.

Models

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander (expected)*

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sorento

Base MSRP

$24,895 est

$25,965

$26,170

$28,110

Engine

2.4L 4 cylinder MIVEC SOHC

2.0L TSI DOHC Turbo 4-cylinder

2.0L 4-cylinder, SOHC I-VTEC

2.4L 4-cylinder GDI Dual CVVT DOHC

Transmission

CVT w/OD

8-speed Automatic

CVT w/OD

6-speed Automatic

Horsepower

166@6000

184@4400

154@6500

185@6000

Torque

162@4200

221@1600

189@4300

178@4000

*2020 Model used for reference

The relatively cheaper price of Mitsubishi Outlander is certainly a plus point for people looking for a classy SUV with a price that is easy on the pocket. It gives a satisfactory performance whereas its rival, the Volkswagen Tiguan, gives quite a competition to the Outlander in terms of horsepower and torque. However, the current Outlander feels a bit outdated and its rivals like the Kia Sorento feel leaps ahead.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Outlander deliver?

The 2021 Outlander's 2.4–liter MIVEC motor is intended to expand its proficiency and efficiency while providing an invigorating driving experience. The current model offers an acceptable level of fuel efficiency but its rivals have moved to more modern engine setups and hence offer better fuel efficiency.

The current Outlander’s smooth CVT is intended to utilize less oil for much more noteworthy effectiveness. However, its engine being an old block consumes more fuel than you might expect. The GT trim’s 3.0–liter MIVEC V6 has a 6–speed programmed for an amazing motor that is both spotless and frugal. The 2021 Outlander is expected to offer at par fuel efficiency with its new engine and platform.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander (expected)*

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sorento

MPG (city)

20

22

28

22

MPG (highway)

27

29

34

29

MPG (combined)

23

25

30

25

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

16.6

15.3

14

18.8

Range (city/highway) (miles)

332/448

336/444

392/476

414/545

*2020 Model used for reference

Due to good fuel capacity, the Outlander offers at-par as range in comparison to its rivals. It overcomes its low fuel efficiency with a bigger tank especially if you compare it to the Honda CR-V. For the 2021 models, you will be able to choose the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) model for better fuel efficiency. The Kia Sorento and the Volkswagen Tiguan offer exactly the same fuel economy. 

What to expect from the Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior?

With a substantial amount of hard plastics being present and a musty feel, the interior holds back the 2020 Outlander from being crowned an overall achiever. Hence, this section requires the most prominent changes which could upgrade the level of the car altogether. We expect the 2021 Outlander to come with a new and a redesigned dashboard and upholstery. The current model comes with standard cloth upholstery and an optional leather version. A leather-fitted tilt-steering wheel is provided with a digital panel including voice control. The driver seat has an option of power lumbar support but none of the seats offer the best-in-class comfort.

All the Outlander trims offer seating for 7 passengers but the plug-in version will only offer a seating option for 5 because of the presence of a battery pack. A third row can be created in all the trims, except the plug-in version, which is very convenient. Carbon fabric is present on the dashboard as well as the doors providing a sleek look. The space provided is decent at the front and the second row is comfortable but the third row and trunk could be made a little more spacious. It offers the least amount of cargo space being its third-row currently and all its rivals are ahead of it. Hence the 2021 Outlander needs a complete interior makeover to hold its ground against the competition.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander (expected)*

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sorento

Passenger Capacity

7

7

5

7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.6/56.4/40.9

39.6/57/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.4/56/37.3

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.3/58/39.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

10.3 cu.ft

12 cu.ft

39.2

11.3 cu.ft

*2020 Model used for reference

With a 7-seating which is not very common in its class, the Outlander also provides a better and comfortable seating space especially in the first two rows than the rest of its competition. On the other hand, the Honda CR-V offers the biggest boot due to its 5 seater capacity. The Tiguan offers the best amount of boot space behind the third row.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander- Infotainment System

The 2020 Outlander offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard which can feel a tad bit small for a car of its size. It also offers features such as the dual-zone automatic climate control, 6-speaker sound system, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM audio, and HD radio. To make it a better option for the tech-savvy drivers, the Outlander comes with some optional features which include steering mounted voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio, push-button start, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an 8-speaker audio system. With the benefit of being the top trim, the Outlander GT boasts of a Rockford Fosgate sound system, a 10-inch subwoofer, and a 710-watt amplifier. The 2021 model is expected to increase the list of features on offer which will help it compete in the segment.

The current model also offers blind-spot assist, cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, heated power seats, powered automatic trunk, road-side assistance, and a 360-degree camera. The list does not end here as it is a well-equipped and safe vehicle with automatic high beam headlights, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, hill start assist, auto-dimming rearview mirror. Overall, the 2021 model can be expected with a more convenient and upgraded infotainment system to overcome its 2020 model’s drawbacks.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander will move up to become a mid-size SUV from the compact SUV with the 2021 model. With modern styling and design, the 2021 model is going to have the sharpest exterior to date on an Outlander. The substantial size of the car will be a plus point for family buyers as it will liberate more space on the inside. It is expected to arrive with 18-inch aluminum wheels and a lot of black chrome to enhance the overall look. In the front, the spy shots suggest a stylish grille with black chrome finish, LED daytime running lights, and projector-beam headlight. You will also get projector fog lamps and heated power side mirrors in the in higher trims. More of the black chrome work can be seen around the windows, roof rails, and doors.

The side view of the car is the best with its large windows, a chiseled lower body, sharp curves, and a floating roof effect. The rear end has diamond tail lights meant to give an elegant look. The higher trims even get a sunroof and rain-sensing window wiper. With a delightful variety of color options including Cosmic Blue Metallic, Mercury Gray Metallic, Quartz Brown Metallic, Labrador Black as well as optional Red Diamond and Pearl White, and many more waiting to be discovered, the new Outlander will surely have a vibrant look. Mitsubishi never disappoints with its exterior finish and hence we expect the 2021 Outlander to match a great expectation level with upgraded and better features.

Model

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander (expected)*

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Kia Sorento

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3329

3757

3337

3810

Length (in.)

184.8

185.1

182.1

189

Width (in.)

71.3

72.4

73

74.4

Height (in.)

67.3

66.3

66.1

66.3

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.5

7.9

N/A

7.3

Wheelbase (in.)

105.1

109.8

104.8

109.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

N/A

62.2/61.8

63/63.7

64.3/64.7

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Outlander is known for its ground clearance which is very good for a hassle-free ride. The standard wheelbase, height as well as length is something which keeps it on the line with the Honda CR-V and the KIA Sorento. If you want the best road presence, the VW Tiguan and the Kia Sorrento are SUVs to go for.

Will the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander be worth the money and time?

Mitsubishi Outlander has evolved over the years and has managed to retain its position on the sales chart. With its rugged exterior styling, a long list of standard features, and an All-Wheel Drive on offer across all trims, the 2020 Outlander is already one of our favorite SUVs, especially due to its price. With Mitsubishi’s past experience coupled with the Renault-Nissan effect, we expect to see a better base engine, improved interior design, and an altogether new and upgraded 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. Hence we will definitely suggest you wait for the 2021 model rather than going for 2020 one.

FAQs

How much will the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander cost?

Mitsubishi hasn't revealed the pricing of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander yet. However, based on the rumors and the competition, the 2021 model shall start somewhere between $24,895 and go up to $38,000. 

What will be the warranty offered with the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2021model is expected to offer the current Mitsubishi warranty which is 5 years/60,000 miles, bumper to bumper warranty. Electricals such as the in-car audio and navigation systems come with a shorter warranty that lasts for 3 years/36,000 miles.

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