Mitsubishi Outlander SUV History

Understanding the history of the Mitsubishi Outlander to help you find the right used SUV

When shopping for a used car or SUV, it can be difficult to know exactly which model you’re looking at. Sure, you can understand the features and specs of the specific model you’re considering, but it’s also a good idea to do some research into the history of that model. With an understanding of which generation your prospective vehicle was built, you can get insight into its reliability, recall history, and the general sentiment around that vehicle around the time it was released.

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For this blog post, we’ll provide a brief history of the Mitsubishi Outlander so you can decide whether a new or used model is right for you.

Today’s Mitsubishi Outlander

The current Mitsubishi Outlander, or the fourth generation model, features two engine options – a four-cylinder and a V6 – and is available in four trim levels. With a great equipment set for its price range, the current Mitsubishi Outlander is widely considered a bargain in the SUV segment. You can read a full review of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander on our site for more detail.

Third-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander

Introduced for the 2014 model year, the third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was more focused on fuel-economy than its predecessors. Released at a time when gas prices were nearing $4 per gallon, the new four-cylinder engine and aerodynamic design were highly touted for the efficiency gains they brought.

While the initial release was well-received, a facelift in 2016 gave the Outlander a more stylish exterior without sacrificing that aerodynamic design that helped it achieve such strong fuel-economy ratings. This facelift also added a rear seats that folded much easier than before, a new SEL trim, and an improved infotainment system. All-Wheel Control also became an option on the base model with this refresh.

Second-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander

Released in 2007 and running through 2013, the second-generation Mitsubishi Outlander made some notable improvements that were absent from its initial release. First, Mitsubishi delivered a V6 engine option, which provided 220 horsepower. Second, the automaker offered a third-row seat option, plus additional cargo space. These additions made the Outlander more versatile and practical than its predecessor.

With a significant refresh in 2010, you’ll notice much more aggressive styling and an influx of interior tech, like a new LCD display, voice commands through Fuse hands-free link, and an improved navigation system.

First-generation Mitsubishi Outlander

On the market from 2003 to 2006, the first Mitsubishi Outlander was introduced to meet the increasing demand for mid-size SUVs. Its major advantage was its driving experience, which had the handling and maneuverability of a car while providing the space of an SUV.

You can find new and used Mitsubishi Outlander models near Denver, CO on the Shortline Mitsubishi lot. Don’t miss an opportunity to save big and get behind the wheel of one of these incredible SUVs.

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