The driving position in the Outlander—like in the Subaru Forester—seems a bit lower to the road; thus, the Outlander feel sportier than most small SUVs.
Compared to the Forester, the standard four in the Outlander doesn’t come across nearly as strong as the standard flat-four in the Subaru even though their power figures are close, but the Outlander has it beat with its V-6.
For a few thousand dollars more, the Mazda CX-7 seats only five, but it's perceived as a more complete performance package, with very comfortable seating, sporty suspension tuning, and a rorty turbocharged engine.
The Forester and CR-V remain the best for those who are safety-minded; they're both IIHS Top Safety Picks.
The Outlander has more spirited performance and sportier handling than the Toyota and Honda, though the ride is firmer and less comfortable on some surfaces.
|2009 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-7Browse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door ES||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Wagon||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|NA||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|