The rise of Japanese automakers hasn’t worked out very well for Mitsubishi in recent years. The outgoing Outlander was never a buyer’s favorite. The all-new 2022 model, however, has a Range-Rover look and an opulent, tech-filled interior at an affordable price. It’s also available in a Black Edition trim, which not only looks good, but adds elements of menace to the Mitsubishi logo.
The Outlander is the only Mitsubishi nameplate to have been around for over two decades. The company has discontinued its iconic Lancer and is now focusing on the SUV category. The Outlander shares a lot with the Nissan Rogue, but it promises a whole different game with their Outlander. The 2022 Outlander can also be configured with a hybrid version, and it goes with cars like the Honda CRV, Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5. Starting at $27,000 for the cheapest model, is the extra $4,000 worth it? Let’s find out more.
Outlander Black Edition Trim
the The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander gets a refreshed design inside and out. It was described as having a Range Rover-like exterior, thanks to Outlander lettering on the hood and similarly shaped elements like the headlights and an aggressive look.
All of these will be standard on all trim levels, but the Black Edition is what looks best with this model year. With the Black Edition version, the Outlander gets 20-inch black alloy wheels, black mirrors and door handles. The list goes on as the headliner and pillars are blacked out with black accents on the front and rear bumpers. An additional $595 gets buyers a Diamond Black exterior color.
A lighter Labrador Black Pearl is free, but if you really like that deep black exterior look, the Diamond Black is the way to go.
If you ask us, we think the Mitsubishi Outlander Black Edition exceeds expectations.
Black Edition Version: Outlander Update
The 2022 Outlander marks the 4th generation of this nameplate. The refreshed exterior design makes it a bigger and bolder compact SUV, desirable for everyone. Most notably, the straight roofline helps the Outlander stand out in the crossover category. Most crossovers these days have this floating roof, which adds aerodynamics but lacks space for second-row passengers.
Speaking of which, it’s the only compact SUV that comes standard with third-row seats. So that straight roof not only makes the Outlander so distinctive, but also adds more headroom to the third-row seats. Plus, the 2022 Outlander comes standard with a handy list of safety features, like most Japanese cars these days. The latter benefits from blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, collision mitigation, rear automatic brakes, lane departure warning and driver attention warning.
Outlander Black Edition Trim: Power and Drive
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander gets a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine. That’s 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to an 8-speed CVT with paddle shifters by wire. Different riding modes are available to distribute the power according to the selected riding mode.
The 2022 Outlander comes front and all-wheel-drive, but acceleration is a bit less than most competitors. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,800 to the bill. According to Motor Biscuit, the Outlander does 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is estimated at 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Towing capacity is rated at 2,000 lbs, which is just above average considering this is a compact SUV.
Outlander Black Edition trim: interior upgrade
We can’t stop mentioning how good the 2022 Outlander is compared to its outgoing model. The interior is where you’ll find most of the updates – panoramic sunroof, dual climate control, third-row seats and a very well-designed interior are standard with all 2022 Outlanders.
We also like how the infotainment system gets physical buttons, though it’s missing an update when it comes to software. The competition is just ahead when it comes to the infotainment system, but Mitsubishi seems to be catching up. The driver’s side gets lumbar support, a digital cockpit and a head-up display. Just like many 2022 cars, the center console offers a ton of space and smart features like wireless charging.
A Final Look at the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Black Edition
The 4th generation Outlander promises a lot but lacks some very important key points. For starters, the powertrain would be better off small-displacement and turbocharged — that 181 horsepower might sound like a lot, but a naturally aspirated engine will work harder to hit that number. Third-row seats come standard as we mentioned, but they’re lacking in space – that’s a fair amount of space if you’re driving toddlers through kindergarten, but nothing more.
On the other hand, the Outlander makes up for a lot of features at a very considerable price. The Black Edition makes the Outlander a luxury vehicle. If you ask us, the Outlander is already a cheap model to buy, and going with the Black Edition makes it look much better and offers attractive value.
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