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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

May have its faults but is still stylish and attractive for young drivers.

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While the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander may be a bit of an obscurity, it remains one of the best small SUV models on the market. The small size of the Outlander makes it great for city driving. The interior is comfortable, although some of the plastics and the useless backseat ruin what is an altogether well-built vehicle. However, there is plenty of space elsewhere. The engine choices give you some flexibility with fuel economy and power. The Outlander was completely redesigned in the 2007 model year. The 2.4-liter engine is new for the 2008 model year, improving the line greatly.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door small SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: CVT, six-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Outlander ES, Mitsubishi Outlander LS, Mitsubishi Outlander SE, Mitsubishi Outlander XLS

What's New

The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is now available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine offered on the base ES model and the SE model. The SE trim line is also new for the 2008 model year. The sliding second-row seat on the ES and LS trim lines are discontinued this year. The XLS model still has the sliding seat. The optional navigation system also receives and update.


The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is a four-door small SUV. It has attractive, smooth curves all along the body that complements its smaller size. The Outlander has a dual-opening rear hatch that makes loading the vehicle a breeze. The tailgate portion is capable of holding 440 pounds for hauling. The Outlander comes with skid plates. The standard ES comes with 16-inch steel wheels, while the LS come with 16-inch alloy wheels. The LS also boasts a roof rack. The SE and XLS come with 18-inch alloy wheels.


The interior of the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has a good build quality, but unfortunately, there is a bit of cheap plastic ruining an altogether good design. There are other disappointments as well. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it difficult for larger drivers to fit comfortably in the vehicle. However, there is nice hard drive-based navigation system as well as a decent music delivery system. The music server system is the first of its type in this class of vehicle. Although difficult to learn at first, the system is worth the effort. The improved navigation system gives the driver information on carpool lanes in the area as well. Space in the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander is decent, although the third row seat has minimal room for adults. The seat is also flimsy, making it unsafe for pretty much everyone. The third row folds into the floor but doing so is a difficult task. Cargo room is substantial though at around 73 cubic feet when the second and

Performance & Handling

Two engines are available on the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is new for the 2008 model year. It produces 168 horsepower and is married to a CVT transmission system. A 3.0-liter V-6 engine is also available that produces 220 horsepower with 204 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 models sold in California have the PZEV emission standard rating, but the horsepower is dropped to 213 horsepower. All Mitsubishi Outlander models are available with front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive options. All-wheel drive gives you a two-wheel-drive option that allows the driver to switch to front-wheel drive to save on fuel. When AWD is selected the vehicle shifts 15 percent of power to the rear wheels at all time. The 4WD lock mode sends a greater amount of torque to the back wheels for towing or off-road driving.

Driving the Mitsubishi Outlander is a lot of fun. The chassis gives the Mitsubishi Outlander a sporty feel and gives good feedback to the driver in turns. The ride quality is also comfortable. The four-cylinder sometimes feels a bit weak, but the 3.0-liter V-6 feels pretty good. Unfortunately, it is a little lacking in low-end torque.


The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has all the standard safety features expected from a SUV. The Mitsubishi Outlander includes anti-lock disc brakes on all models, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Front head restraints have an anti-whiplash design.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Outlander ES: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Outlander LS: 17/25 mpg/city highway
Mitsubishi Outlander SE: 20/25 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Outlander XLS: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great handling
  • Sport styling and lovely curves
  • Great rear tailgate design
  • Lots of features
  • Extended warranty

You Won't Like

  • Useless third-row seat
  • Low-grade plastic materials
  • Hard to fold second and third-row seating
  • Weak low-end torque

Sum Up

May have its faults but is still stylish and attractive for young drivers.

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