Nissan Rogue Fans Would Be ‘Foolish’ to Ignore the New Mitsubishi Outlander, MotorTrend Says

by Gabrielle DeSantis

In many industry critic circles, the Nissan Rogue dominates. But as the new 2022 model rivals begin to emerge, there are some suggesting consumers take a look elsewhere. In fact, MotorTrend recently evaluated the impressive and redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. If you need a functional SUV with a third row, the Outlander is a definite must-see.

Even Nissan Rogue fans should take a look before making a purchasing decision. MotorTrend says you’d be “foolish” to ignore what the Outlander is bringing to the table this year.

Mitsubishi announces the 2022 Outlander

Mitsubishi announced the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, and there are significant improvements across the board. Primed to compete with the likes of the Nissan Rogue, the Honda CR-V, and the Kia Sorento, the Outlander is a small, three-row SUV with a ton of perks.

It seats seven and comes in five trim levels: the ES, SE, SE Launch Edition, the SEL, and the SEL Launch Edition. Every variation comes with a four-cylinder 181-hp engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Most of these trims come with front-wheel drive, according to Edmunds. But Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) is optional. And, there are additional add-on packages, including the Tech Package that brings a panoramic roof and 10-speaker Bose audio system.

Is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander better than the Nissan Rogue?

The team at MotorTrend spent some quality time with the new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. And there are a few notable remarks.

For starters, the driving dynamics for the Outlander are impressive. The steering is secure, and the handling is comfortable. But the naturally aspirated engine feels sluggish and pales in comparison to the punchy performance of the Nissan Rogue.

While the two SUVs share much of the same underpinnings, the Mitsubishi Outlander is slower. The team points to Outlander’s heavier weight as the reason. Braking distances are on par with each other as well. And while the Outlander offers a third row, it’s a small space, not necessarily comfortable for adults over long trips.

What MotorTrend says about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

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MotorTrend has plenty more to say about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. This three-row may be the most competitive effort the automaker’s put forth in 10 years. And climbing inside, the upgrades are substantial.

The team liked the 360-degree camera, citing how easy this SUV was to park. They also point out the real strengths are the “capacitive touch buttons” and user-friendly controls.

Upon delivering the verdict, the MotorTrend team also points out the more robust warranty coverage of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Enjoy a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty while the powertrain has coverage for a whopping 10 years or 100,000 miles.

That’s longer than the Nissan Rogue’s three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty and five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Even the roadside assistance service is two years longer on the Outlander than with the Rogue.

In the end, MotorTrend says consumers would be “foolish not to consider it.”

Which SUV is the better value?

When choosing a new SUV for your driveway, there are likely certain features or amenities you find more valuable. But in terms of base MSRP pricing, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in slightly lower than the 2022 Nissan Rogue.

According to Mitsubishi, the base price is $25,795. The 2022 Nissan Rogue is expected to release later this year and estimates start at $26,000. Considering the extra seating and the more significant warranty coverage alone, the Outlander may be the better deal.

You may not have been a Mitsubishi fan before, but the 2022 Outlander offers plenty of reasons to reconsider your position. And even if you’re the ultimate Nissan Rogue enthusiast, the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander may be worth your consideration. After all, MotorTrend says you would be foolish not to explore your options.

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