2010 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander AWD 4-door GT Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The most direct rival to the 2010 Outlander is likely the Toyota RAV4 Sport, which, like the Outlander, can be equipped with a small third-row seat.

The RAV4 is much more refined and agreeable with the base four-cylinder engine, while its optional V-8 is even more powerful.

The Forester is another top rival; in this case, too, the standard four in the Outlander doesn’t seem nearly as strong as the standard flat-four in the Subaru, even though their power figures are close.

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; for 2010 there's also a new base version, with a still-adequate 2.5-liter four, that costs a bit less.

The Forester and CR-V remain the best for those who are safety-minded; they're both IIHS Top Safety Picks.

For those who don't need a third row but want a roomy, comfortable interior, the Honda CR-V is probably the best pick, though it's not nearly as engaging to drive.

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Quick Specs
The Mitsubishi Outlander has a sportier look and feel than most crossover utes—and it gets better for 2010.
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
If you want the driving experience of a sports sedan but need the versatility of a wagon, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 remains one of the better choices.
The 2010 Subaru Forester may not be as powerful or well-equipped as its rivals, but it really shines in its more carlike dynamics and superior handling.
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door ES2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door i SV4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door Wagon5 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
CVTAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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