2008 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Like the Toyota RAV4, the Outlander offers a small third-row seat that will probably go unused most of the time but is nice to have; and like the Honda CR-V, its interior is very spacious.

But 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.

Compared with the Subaru Forester, which also feels sporty, the driver's seat appears lower to the ground in the Forester, and the Subaru's four-cylinder engine certainly comes across as stronger than the standard four in the Outlander, but the Outlander has it beat with its V-6.

For a few thousand dollars more, the Mazda CX-7 has seating for 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 for 2008.

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Quick Specs
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.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
The 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a good choice for single folks or couples who might not prioritize backseat or cargo space but want sport-sedan performance with a lot more utility.
The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door ES4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door Wagon4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
NAManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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