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2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2005 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Equipped with lots of room, a comfortable cabin, and easy handling.

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The 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact SUV with plenty to offer the right used car buyer. This model is attractive, with a uniquely-designed rear end and assertive front end and grille. The body style is stylish and makes quite an impression when around town and on the highway. The available powertrains are more than sufficient to provide adequate acceleration and passing ability. Inside the cabin, many people appreciate the spacious interior and easy-to-see and -use controls. Storage space is available in spades as well. Overall, it is a good choice for families, young professionals or anyone looking for reliable SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Outlander LS, Mitsubishi Outlander XLS, Mitsubishi Outlander Limited

What's New

There are several changes introduced for the 2005 model year on the Mitsubishi Outlander. This year’s model offers new advanced airbags, slightly restyled rear end, and four-wheel disc brakes on all models. Some of the different trim levels receive changes as well. The LS model is available with a manual transmission. The Limited version is introduced as the highest trim level available for the 2005 model year, and leather-trimmed seats are standard for this model. The Limited and XLS models feature 17-inch alloy wheels.


The 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander is the company’s answer to the influx of compact SUVs to hit the market. This model sports a recently redesigned back end. It also has a unique look for a SUV and is sure to gain a great deal of attention. The front end is assertive with a slight point in the grille that gently slopes away to the front fenders. The sides are mildly curved with sleek, modern lines. Mitsubishi chose to offer this vehicle in several fashion colors including Phoenix Red, Electric Blue, and Diamond Pearl White. The Limited version was only available in Phoenix Red, Labrador Black Pearl, and Graphite Gray, as well as Cool Silver Metallic.


Much like Mitsubishi’s other SUV, the Outlander features a comfortable and easy to use interior. There have been several features added to ensure driver and passenger comfort such as plenty of head and leg room, front bucket seats, and power accessories including door locks and mirrors. The back seats are split fold designed with a convenient armrest in the center with storage space. In the front, the center console and front door pockets provide storage. Controls for the air-conditioning and audio system are found in the front of the SUV as well. The upper trim levels also feature cruise control and a leather trim steering wheel. Leather also finds its way on the shift knob as an elegant trim material.

Performance & Handling

While there isn’t a lot of negative to say about the Outlander, there is plenty of good news to share. It’s important not to expect this compact SUV to be the most powerful or fastest vehicle available, but it is more than adequate for driving around town or on the highway. Most test drivers have been more than satisfied with the performance and handling of this SUV. The drivetrain works to make the Outlander a reliable and effective choice.


Mitsubishi has included a long list of safety features for the Outlander family of SUVs. On the base model, standard seatbelts, child safety locks, and child seat anchors are standard. These models also feature daytime running lights and an engine immobilizer. The XLS has all of those features as well as front seat pre-tensioners and front and rear headrests. On the Limited model, the safety features also include dual front side mounted airbags, front height adjustable headrests, and rear, center three-point belt. Other standard features are the front fog and driving lights and ventilated front disc and rear solid disc brakes. Unfortunately, the Limited is the only version of the Outlander with the front side mounted airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Outlander LS: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Outlander XLS, Limited: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of interior space
  • Well-designed cabin
  • Comfortable handling
  • Drives well in town

You Won't Like

  • More power would be nice
  • Limited cargo space
  • Anti-lock brakes only available on upper trim levels

Sum Up

Equipped with lots of room, a comfortable cabin, and easy handling.

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