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2006 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2006 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

A potent combination of a passenger car and an SUV.

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The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, a Japanese automaker. The first generation Mitsubishi Outlander made its debut in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show and used the Mitsubishi Airtrek name and the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle as a base. Built on the Mitsubishi GS platform, the second generation Mitsubishi Outlander debuted in 2005. Mitsubishi drops the Airtrek name in favor of Outlander since the latter has a global appeal. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander marks the least expensive and smallest utility car. It seats five passengers and offers the option of front- and all-wheel drive.

The Range

Body Styles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Outlander LS, Outlander LE, Outlander SE

What's New

Mitsubishi stops manufacturing the XLS trim level, and the new Special Edition (SE) is introduced as its replacement. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander SE has all the features of the XLS, with a few additional upgrades to the exterior. The SE trim model also has standard automatic climate control. Other than the new trim level and a few cosmetic additions, the 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander remains largely unchanged. Some 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander new additions include anti-lock brakes and standard side airbags for all models.


The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander’s image, attitude, and character are encapsulated in its unique and aggressively styled design. The gray painted bumpers, two-toned colored body, and appealing hues give it the distinctive image and character of a large SUV. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander SE model comes in an electric blue color. The SE model shows off a distinguishable exterior design characterized by the monochromatic treatment for the side air dams and fender flares.


The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander interior is replete with various comfort and convenience features. It offers room and a comfortable environment with easy-to-use functions. The outer-slide style sunroof creates more headroom. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander also has flexible seating; the rear seating with adjustable back features a fold to flat mechanism that offers more cargo space when needed. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior design involves the extensive use of soft-touch materials, which lend a comfortable feel and upscale look to the cabin. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander's interior offers several map pockets and storage bins to store items. Mitsubishi offers optional leather upholstery for the interior.

Performance & Handling

All 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander trim levels come equipped with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, inline four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The four-cylinder engine has Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control (MIVEC), which generates 162 lb-ft of torque; more than the horsepower generated by other V-6 engines in competing cars. This makes the 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander more competitive than other cars in the small SUV segment. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander engine sits on a four-point inertial axis system with liquid-filled mounts in the bay, which reduces engine vibration and results in improved ride quality. The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander all-wheel drive lacks low range gearing, thereby taking away a bit from the driving pleasure.


The 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander includes a good list of safety features and other equipment in all trim levels, such as four-wheel ABS, dual front and side-mounted airbags, ventilated front-disc and solid rear-disc brakes, two front and three rear headrests, an engine immobilizer, rear-door child safety locks, and electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Outlander: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Convenient for a highway driving
  • Comfortable seating

You Won't Like

  • Four-cylinder engine lacks power
  • Mediocre visibility
  • Jerky ride on rough surfaces

Sum Up

A potent combination of a passenger car and an SUV.

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See the New 2015 Outlander.

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