The Mitsubishi Outlander isn't the performer you'll find the Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape—but those crossover SUVs are all both slightly smaller and less versatile.
The Mitsu is a more direct rival to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Honda CR-V, and the availability of a third row gives it an edge for big families.
We'd also consider the Dodge Journey with its third-row option, as well as its optional V-6.
There's also the Chevrolet Equinox, which feels extra spacious if you're not looking for a third row.
The Equinox gets a mild refresh for 2016.
And for those who really would like better fuel-efficiency, there's the upcoming 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
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|2016 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2016 Dodge JourneyBrowse Used Listings||2016 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings||2015 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|2WD 4-Door ES||FWD 4-Door L||FWD 4-Door SE||4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV||FWD 4-Door LE (SE)||2WD 5-Door LX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2016 Chevrolet Equinox||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2016 Dodge Journey||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2016 Subaru Forester||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2016 Toyota RAV4||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2015 Honda CR-V|