2017 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Mitsubishi Outlander isn't the performer you'll find the Mazda CX-5 or Ford Escape—but those crossover SUVs are 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.

The CR-V is new for 2017, and it includes more room, more technology, and a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engiie.

There's also the Chevrolet Equinox, which feels extra spacious if you're not looking for a third row.

A new Equinox is coming for 2018.

For those who really would like better fuel-efficiency, there's the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the new Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

We'd also consider the Dodge Journey with its third-row option, as well as its optional V-6.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander provides functional family appeal for a reasonable price, but the powertrains are weak, the third-row seat space is tiny, and the infotainment features are behind the times.
The 2017 Chevrolet Equinox is a solid compact crossover SUV. What it lacks in advanced powertrains, it makes up for in available tech.
The 2017 Dodge Journey is a minivan in every way except its doors. Families will be tempted by the price, but there are better, safer picks out there.
It's hard to imagine a compact crossover better aligned with the needs of most buyers than the 2017 Honda CR-V.
One of the best small SUVs, the 2017 Subaru Forester is a good value, with remarkable interior volume, thrifty fuel economy, and top safety scores.
There's a RAV4 for just about everyone, and while we applaud Toyota for adding more safety technology for 2017, the competition is worth a good look, too.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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