Advertisement
Go
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander Photo
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE
INVOICE
$19,048
BASE
MSRP
$19,990
Quick Take
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web
Styling
Performance
Quality
Safety
Features

Sporty styling with useful rear tailgate/liftgate design

Edmunds »

Smallish digital display in the center of the gauge cluster can wash out at times

ConsumerGuide »

Mitsubishi certainly got it right with the vehicle's styling

Car and Driver »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$19,990 $25,210
MSRP $19,990
INVOICE $19,048 Browse used listings in your area
2WD 4-Door ES
Gas Mileage 20 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.4L
EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
See Detailed Specs »
8.2 out of 10
Browse Mitsubishi Outlander inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

The Basics:

To bring you this extensive review on the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander, the automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com sifted through the range of available information on the Web. Then TheCarConnection.com’s editors brought their driving experience with the Outlander to create a comprehensive review.

The Outlander is Mitsubishi's compact crossover utility vehicle; it was completely redesigned for 2007, with the new model slightly longer, taller, and wider than the previous edition. A small third-row seat is now offered on the Outlander.

The rudimentary engine on base ES models of 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and CVT automatic, which provides barely adequate performance with quite a bit of engine noise when accelerating. All other models get a 220-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that is much smoother, delivers its power through a responsive, easy-shifting six-speed automatic with steering-wheel paddles, and has more power to spare overall. The V-6 gets several mpg less in city fuel economy but has the same rating (25 mpg with front-wheel drive) on the highway. All models come with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The Outlander shares some of its underpinnings with the Lancer sedan, and like the Lancer, it has very good, communicative steering. It handles better on the road than some of the more trucklike or rugged utility vehicles, and it has the nice, firm braking of a performance car. The ride is firm and can be choppy over railroad tracks and the like, but a nearly full load makes it more settled.

The Outlander's design is very space-efficient, fitting comfortable seating space for five into a package that's more than a foot shorter than a typical mid-size sedan. Officially, there's seating in back for up to seven--if they're very small children--but the second row slides fore and aft and reclines. In back, the third and second rows of seating fold to create an impressive, continuous cargo space of nearly 73 cubic feet behind the front seats. At the back, the fold-down tailgate can support 440 pounds. Up front, the seating position is great and the instrument panel is very attractive, looking like it might fit in a sporty coupe, but up close, the mix of dull plastic and matte-metallic surfaces doesn't feel as good as it looks from a distance.

Four different models of the Outlander are offered: base ES, LS, SE, and XLS. The base model has the four-cylinder and keeps it simple, though it includes air conditioning, keyless entry, and a six-speaker sound system. At the top of the lineup, the luxurious XLS picks up fog lamps, steering-wheel audio controls, remote starting, a Bluetooth hands-free system, cruise control, and automatic climate control.

Options include a navigation system with a 30GB hard-drive-based music server, a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, or a DVD rear-seat entertainment system.

All Outlanders come with front side airbags, side curtain bags covering the first two rows, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes. The Outlander does extremely well in all crash tests, with top five-star ratings in the federal government's frontal impact and side impact exams, along with "good" ratings from the insurance-supported IIHS in frontal impact, where it earned a "Top Safety Pick" award.

Likes:

  • Drives more like a small sport sedan
  • More aggressive styling than most small crossovers
  • V-6 brings brisk performance
  • Excellent steering and handling

Dislikes:

  • Four-cylinder is slow and loud, but not much more frugal
  • Steering wheel doesn’t telescope
  • Noisier interior than typical
  • Ridiculously small third seat
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Advertisement
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

More From High Gear Media


 
 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.