The Mitsubishi Outlander has been a consistent entry in the crossover SUV segment for several years. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander recently underwent a much-needed makeover, adding a plethora of technology and safety features that place it on par with competitors. Offered at an affordable price point, and featuring four, easy to select trim levels, this reliable SUV continues to be one of the best buys.
For 2020, the Outlander was spiced up to keep up with the Jones’. The addition of a seven-inch infotainment screen, upper trim enhancements and safety features including lane departure warning, collision warning systems and automatic high beams have significantly improved the appeal of the Outlander. All models are packed with consumer-friendly features such as dual-zone climate control, optional all-wheel drive, and continues to offer this affordable SUV with seven-passenger seating.
There are two powerplants offered with the Outlander. The base is stuffed with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT that produces 166-horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. In standard front-wheel drive configuration, it returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon combined. AWD editions drop slightly to 26 mpg combined. A step up to the GT trim comes with standard all-wheel drive is the 3.0-liter V6 which bangs out 224-horsepower that is paired with a six-speed automatic and nets 23 mpg combined.
Mitsubishi does make a plug-in hybrid if that’s appealing to you. The Outlander PHEV is available in two trims and is powered by a hybrid-electric engine that produces 195-horsepower from the gasoline and electric powered motors. The PHEV can travel 22 miles while in electric only mode. The combined EPA estimated mileage is 74 mpg.
The traditional 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander offers four trim levels; the ES, SE, SEL, and GT. The base ES is equipped with standard features you’d commonly see in a base and can be spiced up with ala carte upgrades including LED interior lighting, a remote starting system, and rear seating entertainment system. Stepping up to the SE adds heated front seats, additional USB ports, push-button starting system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, and voice control. A glass sunroof can be added to the SE.
The SEL trim includes significant safety features including rear traffic alert, blind-spot warning, and lane change assist. A remote liftgate and leather seats are standard features along with chrome exterior accents and roof rails. The top of the line GT is arguably the best value. It includes standard all-wheel drive, the upgraded 3.0-liter engine and automatic transmission. Premium items including a rearview camera, upgraded sound system, a sunroof and LED headlights spice-up the Outlander quite well.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
is value-based but competes rather well in the sea of crowded crossovers. By no means is this a luxury vehicle, but consumers have the flexibility to upgrade their Outlander to fit their needs and budget. Take time to visit a Mitsubishi dealership to test drive one to explore your options.