2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP $22,345 - $27,895

Ranked #15 in Suv

7.0

Overall Rating

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Mitsubishi, being a Japanese car manufacturer, has always brought practical and value-for-money vehicles to buyers worldwide. Riding on the immense popularity and success gained from the legendary Pajero SUV, the brand decided to enter the compact crossover segment, which was slowly gaining momentum then, with the Outlander. The SUV is built on the Mitsubishi GS Platform which is also shared by none other than the DaimlerChrysler group.

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Pros

Tight and precise handling for an SUV

Unique tailgate design

Excellent cargo capacity

Segment-leading warranty coverage

Commendable fuel economy for the segment

Cons

Sub-par interior quality 

Cramped third-row seats

The steering wheel lacks telescoping adjustment

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22345

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

167 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

183.7 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3384 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1311 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/28 mpg

highway range

464.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

ES 2.4$22,345 onwards

SE 2.4$23,345 onwards

GT$25,895 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander in Cosmic Blue Metallic color
Cosmic Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


The price of the SUV starts at $22,345 and offers a V6 to entice enthusiasts. In the segment, Outlander competes against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the Kia Sportage.


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Features

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is offered in three trim levels, two powertrain options, and two drivetrain layouts. The base ES trim doesn’t get 4WD even as an option but offers a decent blend of practical and convenient features. The price for the base ES trim is set at $22,345 and it goes all the way up to $27,895 for the 4WD GT trim and leaving a considerably less price difference in between the trim levels. The top-end GT with the 4WD layout offers some excellent off-roading techs such as active front differential and advanced model selector for the 4WD layout. It also gets a better cabin with soft-touch dashboard materials which could’ve been offered in the lower trim levels. Two additional packages include Premium package, Touring package, and some standalone features to better equip the SUV.

Trims

ES

SE

GT

MSRP

$22,345

$23,345

$24,845(4WD)

$25,895

$27,895(4WD)

Features

16-inch wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

Xenon headlights

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Integrated turn-signal in ORVMs 

Hill-start assist

 

Roof rails

Keyless ignition and entry

Soft-touch dashboard material

 

Reclining rear seats

Six-disc CD changer audio system

Automatic rain-sensing wipers

 

Remote keyless entry

Sliding function for second-row seats

Active front differential

 

Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Steering-column-mounted paddle shifters

Advanced mode-selector for AWD layout

We recommend

We would recommend the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE trim with the 4WD layout. You can also opt for the Premium Package to avail some extra premium features.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander gets a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-pot motor under the hood for the first three trims while the bigger 3.0-liter V6 is reserved for the top-end GT trim. The base four-cylinder motor generates about 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of maximum torque. The motor is not so interesting and its power figures are adequate for daily driving and occasional highway cruises. The base motor gets a standard CVT transmission but fortunately, the gearbox offers manual shifting capability too for a slightly more engaging driving experience. The 0-60mph sprint takes a long 9.9 seconds which is about average against the segment rivals equipped with a similar capacity motor. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage LX

MSRP

$23,345

$24,490

$24,050

$20,800

Engine

2.4L Inline-4

2.4L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.4 Liter Inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

4WD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

5 Speed Automatic

4 Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

168hp @ 6000rpm

185hp @ 7000rpm

179hp @ 6000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

167lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

163lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

172lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

9.9

9.3

9.3

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

14

15.5

13.5

17.1 sec

Top Speed

119MPH

121MPH

N/A

113 mph

The Honda CR-V gets a similar capacity motor to the Outlander but dishes out a segment-leading horsepower output of 185 horsepower. The Toyota RAV4 takes the second spot in terms of horsepower but has the best torque figure among the rivals here. The Kia Sportage also gets a 2.4-liter motor and has a decent set of power and performance figures on offer. All three contemporary SUVs are better performers taking 9.3 seconds to the 60mph mark, however, the Honda and Kia lose their way in the quarter-mile sprints. 

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander has some excellent EPA ratings as opposed to the segment. The city mileage is rated at 23mpg while the highway mileage is rated at 28mpg. The combined mileage is rated at 25mpg. The SUV has a fairly big gas tank of 16.6 gallons hence offers some impressive driving range. However, opting for the V6 engine option will cause a decline in efficiency.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage LX

MPG (City)

23

22

21

21

MPG (Highway)

28

30

27

30

MPG (Combined)

25

25

24

25

Fuel Capacity

16.6

15.3

15.9

15.3

Range 

381.8/464.8

336.6/459.0

333.9/429.3

321/459

The Honda CR-V impresses with its 30mpg of highway mileage and so does the Kia Sportage. The combined mileage is more or less similar across all the rivals here. On paper though, the Toyota RAV4 has the least fuel economy figures of 24 MPG but only by a slight margin. All three SUVs, the Kia, Toyota, and Honda, have somewhat similar fuel tanks and manage almost equal range when on the go. 

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

6.0/10

The cabin of the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of its major weak points. The interior gets an overly minimalist treatment with bland and dull black colors. There are cheap and hard plastics all over the cabin and only the top-end GT gets a soft-touch treatment for the dashboard and the doors. The steering wheel only offers an outright disappointing tilt function. The front seats are quite comfortable and supportive while the back seats offer a decent level of comfort too. The third-row seats are practically non-existent with extremely cramped and small dimensions, making them useful for storing luggage and extra cargo items only. The cargo capacity is also quite generous when compared to the rivals. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage LX

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

40.3/56.4/41.6

39.9/58.6/41.3

40.8/57.1/41.8

39.1/56.7/41.4

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

38.3/56.1/36.8

38.6/56.4/38.8

39.7/55.3/38.3

38.5/55.1/37.9

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

34.3

37.2

36.4

26.1

The Honda CR-V offers the best and most practical cabin here along with the highest cargo storage capacity of 37.2 cubic feet. The Toyota RAV4 also offers excellent headroom and a spacious cabin like the Outlander along with a comparable cargo hold as well. The Kia Sportage has a stylish and sharp interior design but is laden with hard plastics throughout. 

Some interior features are:

  • Cloth Upholstery
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Steering-column-mounted paddle shifters
  • Keyless entry
  • reclining rear seats

How intuitive is the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Outlander offers an extremely basic infotainment system in its base ES trim. It only comes with a six-speaker CD stereo and an auxiliary audio input jack. Stepping up to the SE trim will get you a six-disc CD changer. The Premium Package adds a 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system and satellite radio while there is also a rear-seat entertainment system available as an option.

Some infotainment features are:

  • A six-speaker CD stereo
  • Auxiliary audio input jack
  • Six-disc CD changer
  • A 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system(Optional)
  • Satellite radio
  • Rear-seat entertainment system(Optional)

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Exterior

7.0/10

From the outside, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander looks exactly the opposite of its interior. It gets an aggressive front fascia with a wide and big front grille and nicely accentuating headlamp units. The front-end also has some sharp styling bits with a sculpted design on the hood, giving an overall handsome appeal. The side profiles remain neat while the rear-end looks striking with LED-halogen combo taillights and a unique tailgate design. The ground clearance on offer is also excellent at 8.5-inches. It is also the longest SUV on offer measuring 183.7 inches with a ground clearance of 105.9 inches. It is also the tallest SUV in the segment having a total height of 67.7 inches

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander

Honda CR-V 

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage LX

Curb Weight (lbs)

3516

3426

3494

3186 

Length (.in)

183.7

178.3

181.9

174.8 

Width (.in)

70.9

71.6

71.5

73.0 

Height (.in)

67.7

65.1

66.3

64.4 

Ground Clearance (.in)

8.5

6.7

7.5

6.8 

Wheelbase (.in)

105.1

103

104.7

103.9 

The Outlander has the longest wheelbase among the rivals here followed by the Toyota RAV4. The Honda CR-V has a striking and sedan-like front fascia only to be disappointed by the awkward rear-end design. The Kia Sportage also has an attractive design language but none can match the masculinity and appeal of the Outlander.

Some exterior features are:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels, 
  • Fog lights 
  • Integrated turn-signal in outside rearview mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Automatic wipers

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety

6.0/10

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander has a strong safety department like any other Japanese vehicle out there in the market. The SUV bagged a top 5-star rating from the NHTSA while the IIHS gave it the best possible rating of “Good” as well. Some of the standard safety techs include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. Rear parking sensors are offered as optional extras.

Some safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Full-length side curtain airbags

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Final Verdict

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is a solid offering with an all-rounder package at a competitive price. The SUV suffers from poor interior materials but has a lot going for it such as a spacious cargo hold, a striking exterior design, a decent list of features along with additional features, and a strong safety department as well. Performance-wise, it doesn’t disappoint either as compared to the rivals and even returns some impressive mileage figures as well.

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