The term “all new” is a bit overused by carmakers looking to create interest in their product offerings, but in the case of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, it’s an accurate assessment. Developed in conjunction with Mitsubishi’s corporate partner Nissan, the 2022 Outlander shares nothing with its 2021 predecessor but the name. And it makes pretty much every other offering in Mitsubishi’s U.S. lineup look at least 10 years old.
The Outlander’s new look, while sporting a recognizable Mitsubishi face, has a more upright theme — with a taller front end, a flatter Land Rover-like hood and roof, a wider stance, and shorter overhangs — that’s more SUV than crossover. Filling those big fender wells are 20-inch wheels, standard on all but the base model. The Outlander’s robotic-looking front visage glares with high-mounted, dagger-like LED running lamps, bolstered by low-mounted LED headlamps and fog lamps. Call it cyborg meets Montero, the latter a reference to Mitsubishi’s rally-proven, tough-nuts SUV of years past. All 2022 Outlander models also come with standard third-row seating. Including the $1,195 destination charge, this compact SUV lineup includes the base ES ($26,990), midlevel SE ($30,040), well-equipped SEL ($33,140), and loaded SEL Touring ($35,660). All-wheel drive, which Mitsubishi calls Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), is an $1,800 upcharge with all trims.