If the Outlander isn’t the best deal among compact SUVs we don’t know what is. At under $26k it gets alloys, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, heated mirrors, more soft surfacing than rivals, a leather steering…

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC Road Test Review

I don't know about you, but to my eyes the Outlander looks much nicer in this taupe-mocha metallic than it did in black. Quartz Brown, as Mitsubishi calls it, softens the SUV's harder elements and highlights its subtler charms, seeming to smooth out its long, upright profile, giving it an all-round classier appearance.

The Labrador Black model just noted was a four-cylinder ES AWC Touring trimmed version I tested just prior to this one, whereas the model before you today is a top-line V6-powered GT S-AWC variation on the Japanese brand's compact crossover theme. I lauded the less equipped version for its improved styling, luxurious interior filled with more standard and optional features for the money than most competitors, excellent performance and thrifty fuel economy, so you'd be right in guessing that this more upscale, performance-oriented Outlander would also get an enthusiastic thumbs up.

For starters, the differences between the two are nominal at first glance, Read Full Story
The only thing separating the latest 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander from the luxury compact CUV class is its tri-diamond brand and low pricing, its standard features including alloy wheels, LED DRLs and taillights,…

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ES AWC Touring Road Test Review

The Outlander is a compact crossover that most people don't think about when trade-in time comes around. It's sales prove this point. Of the 13 models available amongst mainstream volume brands it's dead last in both Canada and the U.S., with 2015 calendar year sales totaling 6,108 and 19,055 units respectively. It made up a sizable chunk of Mitsubishi's 21,384- and 95,342-unit Canadian and U.S. overall brand-wide auto sales last year, however, so while the Outlander's numbers might be small compared to direct competitors within the compact SUV segment it's still big business for the Japanese automaker.

Attracting buyers has been an uphill struggle since Mitsubishi arrived on the Canadian market in 2004, and it hasn't been much easier on the south side of the 49th where it's been purveying its wares much longer, with U.S. sales of 345,111 units in 2002 sinking to a low of 53,986 in 2007 and then slowly rising, falling and rising again to the aforementioned sum arrived at when Read Full Story
No one can argue against the engineering prowess of either Nissan or Mitsubishi. One makes a world-class supercar and the other a four-door rally car replica, both capable of dominating their pricier…

Mitsubishi and Nissan to build joint venture electric car

Let's face it, coming to market with a new plug-in electric vehicle hasn't proven to be a very sound business model. Certainly there's a lot of positive exposure for the brand, both Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and Nissan's Leaf helping to shed a greener light upon the two automakers, but from a dollars and sense profit scenario, it's a losing cause. Reason enough, it seems, for two of the very few mainstream electric vehicle producers to combine forces for an upcoming EV.

According to Japanese daily newspaper Nikkei, Nissan and Mitsubishi have formed a joint venture to produce a small, affordable EV that will come to market by 2016 or 2017. The publication cites 1.78 million yen as the target price, which is just a bit over $19,000 CAD.

This new alliance follows a similar team-up to develop and build the Dayz and Dayz Roox microcars in Japan, while reportedly there are other shared projects in the works as well.

According to the report, the two automakers will announce Read Full Story
With the 2014 Outlander, Mitsubishi has completely rethought design and execution in the compact crossover SUV class. Now larger, more conservatively penned, more refined inside, and featuring more features,…

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander V6 Road Test Review

The completely restyled 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander got a jump on its competitors by being released mid last year, and sales figures show the crossover has enjoyed its highest popularity in seven years. A more conservative but attractive exterior as well as extensive tech and safety features have no doubt contributed to the success, but an underpowered six-cylinder and bland interior somewhat hold the mid-size crossover back.

I got an opportunity to drive the Outlander when it was first launched on our shores in June and was glad to see the trapezoidal front end replaced by a subtle grille, integrated into widened and squared off headlights with a more standard separated bumper intake underneath. The sides of the car have been both smoothed and sharpened to help it cut through wind-resistance to the tune of a seven-percent reduction in drag, says Mitsubishi. In the back, the tri-diamond manufacturer has brought back the clear and red taillight housings popularized by the Toyota Read Full Story
It seems that if you want a smaller SUV with a six-cylinder engine you’d better move quickly… quickly to the Mitsubishi store Photo: Jennifer Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press that is. Gone are…

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Road Test Review

It seems that if you want a smaller SUV with a six-cylinder engine you'd better move quickly... quickly to the Mitsubishi store that is. Gone are the days I think back to with fondness. Days of flannel and socks with Birkenstocks, and driving a big SUV without feeling guilty for the environmental costs or the financial burden of ever rising gas prices. The Mitsubishi Outlander is the only mainstream compact crossover in Canada available with a V6 (the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins aren't very compact despite how GM categorizes them). I spent the week in a base model ES model that only has a four-cylinder engine, and I was faced with a now more common dilemma: fuel economy or power?

The ES model's four-cylinder is 2.4 litres in displacement and sends power to the front wheels through a CVT, a fuel-saving 166 horsepower made in the process. The V6 I spoke of before is a 227 horsepower 3.0-litre unit available with SE and GT models that comes paired to a six-speed automatic Read Full Story