Quantum Leap: The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5 S-AWC

Updated: Apr 1


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5 S-AWC front 3/4 view

To really appreciate the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, you have to remember what the old one was like. My review from 2018 might help. The TL:DR on it is that generation of Outlander had been on the market since 2013, and was put together when Mitsu was in some serious financial straits---so in a lot of ways, it was more a vehicle from 2003 than from 2013. "Mitsubishi death watch" was a thing for most of the last decade.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.5 S-AWC rear 3/4 view

But that's all changed. Mitsu has entered into an alliance with Renault and Nissan, giving it access to some contemporary platforms. And that means the '22 Outlander shares a lot with Nissan's all-new Rogue. But unlike the bad old days of badge engineering (see GM, 1990s), platform sharing allows for a lot of distinction between the models doing the sharing. If you parked a new Rogue and a new Outlander next to each other, your first impression would be that you were looking at two competitors in the same category---which is true.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 GT S-AWC hood up

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 GT S-AWC engine

Both the Rogue and the Outlander have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 181 horsepower and both have a continuously variable transmission. Patience is a virtue at the wheel of the Outlander. It weighs 3,800+ pounds and 181 horses need 8.6 seconds to get it up to 60.

I haven't driven the new Rogue yet. The Mitsu's EPA fuel economy estimate is 24 miles per gallon city/30 highway.


Another point of difference is the all-wheel-drive system. The Rogue uses Nissan's, while the Outlander has Mitsubishi's S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC liftgate open

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC cargo area

Yet another point of difference---the Outlander is a three-row SUV. The Rogue, despite identical dimensions, is two rows. Frankly, there's not much room back there. It's best for small people over short distances.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC rear seat

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC front seats

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC front seat detail

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC instrument panel

Mitsubishi also designed its own interior. And it's very tastefully done---with decent-quality materials, good fit and finish and a design that is utterly contemporary.


The base price of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC is $33,745 (there are other models with lower starting prices). The window sticker is at the end of this review so you can see for yourself, but among the standard equipment highlights at that price are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front and rear leather-appointed seats, a nine-inch display with navigation and a six-speaker audio system and three-zone automatic climate control.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC infotainment and HVAC

Our tester also had the $2,700 SEL Touring Package (heated steering wheel, synthetic leather door insert with quilting, a semi-aniline leather seat upgrade, a 10.8-inch head-up display, a ten-speaker Bose Premium audio system, a power panoramic sunroof and rear door sunshades), a $195 tonneau cover, and a $160 "Welcome Package" (carpeted front floor mats and portfolio, touch-up paint pen and a center console tray mat).


With $1,195 destination and handling, the as-tested price of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC is $37,995.


2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC front view

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC side view

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC rear view

The styling and interior appointments put Mitsubishi, for the first time in decades, where they can sell the Outlander at typical prices for the segment, rather than being a bargain-basement special. More power in the engine room is about all we'd ask for.


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