Skip to main content

Seating capacity is one of the most crucial qualities in a family hauler. But finding a three-row SUV without breaking the bank can be challenging. However, a few affordable options exist, such as the Mitsubishi Outlander. This seven-seat crossover is one of the cheapest three-row SUVs. And the 2024 Outlander delivers even more value by adding an appealing perk.   

The 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander packs plenty into an affordable package 

Black 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander on the road
2024 Mitsubishi Outlander | Mitsubishi Motors

Though it’s more comparable to the Kia Sorento and Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2024 Outlander rides on the same platform as the two-row Nissan Rogue. With its additional third row, the Mitsubishi SUV is one of the smallest and cheapest to seat seven. Pricing starts at only $28,395.    

The standard 2024 Outlander packs a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine making 181 hp. It pairs with a continuously variable transmission to deliver a smooth ride, but it sometimes feels lazy at highway speeds due to the CVT’s lack of noticeable gear shifts. While the standard configuration is front-wheel drive, optional all-wheel drive is available for an upcharge. Overall, the vehicle has admirable driving ability and composure. 

Meanwhile, the interior boasts an assortment of modern tech features. They include a head-up display and a digital gauge cluster. Depending on the trim, an 8.0- or 9.0-inch touchscreen centers the infotainment system. Both units include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

In addition, the 2024 Outlander touts an attractive selection of advanced driver-assistance systems. They include a semiautonomous driving mode and adaptive cruise control.

What’s new for the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander?

  • Two years of limited maintenance for all models
  • Platinum Edition for Outlander and Outlander Plug-In Hybrid
  • Refreshed Outlander SEL Black Edition
  • SEL Black Edition available for the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid for the first time
  • Trail Edition for the Outlander Sport

For all 2024 models, Mitsubishi complements its generous warranty package with two years or 30,000 miles of free maintenance, whichever comes first. The program covers three tire rotations, three filter and oil changes, and one cabin air filter replacement. 

The 2024 Outlander brings other changes, too. For instance, the SEL Black Edition gets a mild refresh and is available for the first time for the PHEV. This package includes blacked-out trim on the body and inside the cabin, durable semi-aniline leather upholstery, and other touches.

Furthermore, a Platinum Edition is available for the gas-powered and plug-in hybrid versions. Expted an Alloy Silver roof color paired with Black Diamond body paint.

Shoppers should also expect a heftier price tag on the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid variant due to its improved fuel efficiency and upgraded tech features. The PHEV can go 38 miles in electric-only mode, courtesy of its additional battery pack and motor on each axle.

What does Mitsubishi’s future look like in America?

Mitsubishi, which has one of the best 10-year maintenance plans.
Mitsubishi logo | Tomohiro Ohsumi via Getty Images

As the automaker has sold fewer vehicles stateside in the past several years, speculation about Mitsubishi’s future in the U.S. market abounds. The company, one of Japan’s smallest automakers, recently announced its medium-term strategy, hinting at a greater focus on ASEAN/Oceania markets.

All signs point to Mitsubishi discontinuing the Mirage, one of America’s cheapest new cars. According to Fortune, the Mirage is “likely to be phased out” of the U.S. market by 2025. However, the 2024 Outlander updates indicate the company isn’t ready to bow out entirely. 

The automaker has already announced a massive investment in research and development. That includes a 50% focus on electrified vehicles while the company concentrates on a carbon-neutral future. As Mitsubishi’s new flagship (alongside the Eclipse Cross), the Outlander could bring even more exciting updates for the 2025 model year.