This week we have the first update on our newest long-term, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. ’22 begins the 4th generation of this compact crossover; now built upon Renault-Nissan’s CMF-CD platform that it shares with the Nissan Rogue.
It’s bigger in every dimension from the previous generation, and Mitsubishi has gone to great lengths to accentuate that with bold truck-like SUV proportions, including a tall front end and long flat roofline. That more substantial size is accompanied by a more solid feel on the road, but the transformation inside is even more drastic.
We spent a long time in the 2019 Outlander PHEV, so trust us when we say this 2022 Outlander’s interior is a massive upgrade. For the driver it all starts with the digital gauge screen. It’s crystal clear and comprehensive without being cluttered. But to be honest, we’re not looking down at it so much because the head up display equally useful and right there in our line of sight.
A 181-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated I4 delivers power through a CVT to the front or, in our case, all four wheels with Mitsubishi’s optional Super All Wheel Control.
It’s only been with us for a month, but we’ve already added 1,500-miles onto the odometer; averaging an acceptable 24.9 miles-per-gallon.