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UPDATED: Aug 21, 2019

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The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t have eye-catching looks, nor does it have attention-grabbing numbers when it comes to price. However, it does offer sportier handling than many other compact SUVs.

U.S. News and World Report calls the 2011 Outlander “fun to drive,” and notes that it packs plenty of power if you opt for the 230 horsepower GT model.

The Outlander’s other strengths include a long warranty that’s rivaled only by the Hyundai Tucson’s and the Kia Sportage’s. It also boasts a larger-than-average cargo bay at between 14.9 and 39.5 cubic feet, depending on the configuration.

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Another feature that sets the Mitsubishi Outlander apart from many of its compact SUV competitors is its optional third row, which allows the vehicle to accommodate up to seven passengers.

Reviewers complain that even children may be uncomfortable in this cramped bench seat, though. The Mitsubishi Outlander’s other weaknesses include a sluggish base engine and mediocre reliability scores.

How much is auto insurance for a Mitsubishi Outlander?

Drivers usually pay about $87 a month to insure their Mitsubishi Outlanders, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reports. Over 12 months, that will total $1,045 in auto insurance payments, and it will add up to $5,226 after five years.

The NADA projects identical rates for the Nissan Rogue, but drivers of most other compact SUVs will pay higher rates. Honda CR-V drivers pay $1,200 per year on average, and Chevy Equinox owners pay about $1,356 annually.

Estimated auto insurance rates are even higher for the Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota RAV4. Tucson drivers are projected to pay just over $1,400 annually, and RAV4 drivers will pay about $50 more than Tucson owners each year.

Auto insurance rates are based in part on the length of your driving history. The estimated rates reported above are for drivers who have over seven years of experience.

If you have just three to six years’ driving experience, you’ll pay closer to $2,000 in auto insurance premiums each year.

Mitsubishi Outlander drivers who have less than three years of on-road experience should anticipate paying over $3,000 each year for auto insurance coverage.

Mitsubishi Outlander Repair Costs

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s warranty will cover repairs for the first 60 months or 60,000 miles that the vehicle is driven. The total 5-year repair bill that most drivers report paying for their Outlanders is $1,566, all of which is payable during the fifth year of ownership.

Although the Mitsubishi Outlander has an unusually long warranty that pushes the first out-of-pocket repair cost payment back by a few years, Outlander owners still pay a lot more for auto repairs than their counterparts who drive other compact SUVs typically do.

Nissan Rouge drivers are expected to pay about $1,406 over five years to cover the cost of repairs, but drivers of the Hyundai Tucson, the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, and the Chevy Equinox all pay about half this amount.

With the exception of the Tucson, these vehicles also have shorter powertrain warranties than the Outlander does, so it’s possible that the total costs will even out over time.

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Maintaining a Mitsubishi Outlander

The projected maintenance costs for the Mitsubishi Outlander aren’t the highest among compact SUVs, but they’re not the lowest, either. The NADA projects a total maintenance bill of $2,706 for the 2011 Outlander for five years. This total includes a $162 maintenance bill during the first year of ownership and a $299 bill the second year.

During the third year, be prepared to pay $1,335 for scheduled service. The fourth year and fifth year maintenance bills should be around $675 and $235, respectively.

Chevrolet Equinox maintenance costs are among the highest in this class, at roughly $4,000 over five years. To maintain a Toyota RAV4, you’ll also pay a relatively high 5-year rate of $3,434.

Nissan Rogue maintenance costs typical owners $2,362 by the time their vehicles are five years old, and Hyundai Tucson owners pay just a bit more than this.

Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates vehicles’ crashworthiness in four categories: whiplash protection, roof strength, side-impact, and frontal offset. In the latter two tests, the Mitsubishi Outlander earned the organization’s highest rating.

However, it only earned the second-highest rating in roof strength and whiplash protection tests. Five competing vehicles earned higher scores than the Outlander, including the Jeep Patriot and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Three vehicles, including the Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Nissan Rogue, earned the same score as the Outlander on the roof strength test. The Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, and Honda CR-V earned lower scores.

In the IIHS’ whiplash protection test, the Jeep Wrangler and the Grand Vitara earned lower scores than the 2011 Outlander, but all other compact SUVs that were tested earned higher scores.

Some vehicles earned the highest available score on all four tests, and are your best bets if safety is a high priority for you. They include the following compact SUVs:

  • Honda Element
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sportage

Mitsubishi Outlander Fuel Economy

The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t offer best-in-class fuel economy, but it comes close. The Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain actually offer the best highway fuel efficiency of all compact SUVs, at 32 mpg.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in a close second, delivering 31 mpg highway, and the Ford Escape Hybrid takes third place, with its 30 highway mpg rating.

The Jeep Patriot gets 29 mpg highway, and the Mitsubishi Outlander and the gas-powered Ford Escape both deliver 28 mpg. In city driving, the 2011 Outlander is also reasonably competitive. It gets 23 city mpg, and the Outlander Sport gets 24 mpg.

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