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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander stands apart from other compact crossovers. Its aggressive stance and sporty handling make it an appealing choice for customers who want something different from the regular family crossover SUV.

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The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors. The vehicle was originally introduced in the Japanese market in 2001, as the Airtrek. The Outlander reached American shores in 2003, as a replacement for the Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

The first generation Outlander in the U.S. market was bigger, and had a different grille than the Mitsubishi Airtrek. It shared the same platform as the Mitsubishi Grandis, which, incidentally, was also released in 2003.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander, based on the company’s GS chassis, has been quite successful in Japan, but not as successful in the United States. Nevertheless, it still is one of the unique crossovers in the segment.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander belongs to the second generation, and was launched on October 17, 2005. However, the prominent front grille of the vehicle was not added until 2009, when the Outlander GT Prototype was exhibited at the New York International Auto Show. By late 2009, the vehicle received a facelift and the front grille, which is based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, was added.

With four trim levels, and a plethora of configurations and features, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is quite a competitive SUV. The features offered in the Outlander can be suited for luxury-minded customers as well as performance enthusiasts. Overall, the Outlander is smart, aggressive and unique on the outside, classy and stylish on the inside, and fun and responsive when driven.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with the base ES trim, SE and XLS, and top-end GT trim levels.

The Range

Body Styles: compact crossover SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission (CVT), six-speed automatic
Models: ES, SE, XLS, and top-end GT

What's New

  • The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander benefits from few minor improvements this model year:
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Minor modifications to available features


Exterior features on the base ES include roof rails and 16-inch steel wheels. The ES returns 21/27 mpg city/highway when fitted with the standard front-wheel drive. The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE trim has some changes from the base model, like 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded gauges, and steering-mounted paddle shifters. The XLS is fitted with a larger three-liter V-6 engine, which delivers better performance. It also features chrome exterior and interior accents and automatic xenon headlights. The XLS trim runs 19/25 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive installed. The GT trim level has all of the features listed above, along with Xenon headlamps. This particular model only comes in all-wheel drive, and returns a fuel economy of 18/24 mpg city/highway.


The interior of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is quite good, in spite of the presence of cheap plastic bits in some places. The best interior, of course, can be found in the XLS and GT trims, thanks to their soft-touch instrument panel, double-stitch accents, and much more. The Fuse navigation system simplifies the Outlander’s controls even further.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander base ES is fitted with standard features like cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cruise control, steering-mounted audio controls, six-speaker stereo system with CD playback and auxiliary input jack, and reclining rear seats.

The SE trim level is fitted with the same four-cylinder MIVEC engine as the ES, and delivers similar fuel economy to the base model. However, this trim level has additional features, like fog lights, sliding second-row seats, six-disc CD changer, and sport seats.

This XLS model comes with the same features as the SE, along with additional features like automatic wipers, aluminum pedals, soft-dash and door trim, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.

The GT trim level includes all the above, as well as hill start assist, active front differential, and advanced all-wheel drive mode selector. This top-end trim also comes with a power glass sunroof and 710-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo system. All four trim levels of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander came with 60/40 split fold and tumble seats. All-wheel drive is available as an option on the SE and is standard on the GT. The XLS is only available as a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

Performance & Handling

The ES and SE trim models are fitted with a 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp of power and 167 lb-ft of torque. The upper-level XLS and GT trims have a 3.0-liter V-6 that puts out 230 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. The powertrains and performance of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander are not very notable, but it does pack a noticeably sporty punch for an SUV. The suspension, along with the responsive steering, makes it a joy to drive.


The 2011 Outlander comes with all the expected safety features, such as anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and a host of airbags including front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Front head restraints help reduce whiplash in the event of an accident. The top-level GT comes with hill start assist.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with one of the longest warranties in its segment, and that definitely says something. The vehicle is quite reliable with regular services, and no parts are likely to be replaced soon.

EPA Fuel Economy

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander: 23/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Aggressive stance
  • Sporty handling
  • Long warranty
  • Responsive steering

You Won't Like

  • Third row is incredibly small, and is strictly suited for small children
  • The fabric seat bottom of the third row is not supportive and the seatback is Uncomfortably placed over the tailgate glass
  • Lack of power in either the straight-four MIVEC or the V-6
  • Both styles, while peppy, lose out in terms of power to competitors

Sum Up

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander stands apart from other compact crossovers. Its aggressive stance and sporty handling make it an appealing choice for customers who want something different from the regular family crossover SUV.

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See the New 2015 Outlander.

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