2012 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2012 Outlander is one of a small set of crossovers offering a third-row seat.

The Dodge Journey does too, and its V-6/automatic version is a good performer, and its revamped interior is much richer than before.

The Toyota RAV4 also offers either four- or six-cylinder drivetrains and a third-row seat.

If you're willing to skip the final two seating positions, crossovers like the Chevy Equinox offer seating for five, exceptional four-cylinder gas mileage, and much better road manners than the outdated Outlander.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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Quick Specs
It's aged less rapidly than other American-made Mitsus, but the 2012 Outlander still is bypassed by other compact crossovers.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
Practical without being too prim, the 2012 Dodge Journey cuts an interesting figure and spans the gulf between compact crossovers and family-grade SUVs.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
2WD 4-Door ESFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door SE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4-Door Wagon4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2012 Chevrolet Equinox2012 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2012 Dodge Journey