2014 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander  -  First Drive, March 2013
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.
The 2014 Dodge Journey offers three rows of seats in an easy-to-manage package, all for an affordable price.
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.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets mainstreamed in all the right ways, though engine noise and the teensy third-row seat are minor letdowns.
The sharp-looking 2014 Subaru Forester gets a lot more comfortable inside, and offers some useful driving aids and safety electronics.
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is sensible and spacious; but if driving fun is a priority, you can do better.
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