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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander  -  First Drive, March 2013
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You simply won’t find the athletic, precise driving feel in the Outlander that you get in models such as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape.

That’s not the intent, anyhow, as the Outlander takes a closer aim than before toward the middle of the market and models like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Outlander is a little bland in design next to the Santa Fe, or even the new 2013 RAV4, but its strength over any of these models is that it offers third-row seating.

For such an accommodating vehicle, its 25-mpg city rating, with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, is especially noteworthy.

The Dodge Journey is built on the same platform as the previous-generation Outlander.

The Journey also offers third-row seating, albeit as an option; but it’s real strength is its excellent (and relatively fuel-efficient) optional Pentastar V-6.

The Chevrolet Equinox is roomy and well-designed, with four-cylinder models that are especially fuel-efficient—and an available V-6—but its interior trims can be a bit disappointing in some versions.

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The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t the distinctive, sportier outlier that the previous version was, but it’s now a better pick for frugal families who want seven seats and lots of features for the money.
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The 2014 Dodge Journey offers three rows of seats in an easy-to-manage package, all for an affordable price.
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The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
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The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets mainstreamed in all the right ways, though engine noise and the teensy third-row seat are minor letdowns.
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The sharp-looking 2014 Subaru Forester gets a lot more comfortable inside, and offers some useful driving aids and safety electronics.
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The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
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