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How reliable is the Mitsubishi Outlander?

I have seen some concerns from owners and automotive publications. Consumer Reports suggest to never buy any Mitsubishi Outlander, yet a reasonable number of them are out there being driven. Sale have been strong. One of the best for Mitsubishi and decent for the segment.

 

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How reliable is the Mitsubishi Outlander?

I have seen some concerns from owners and automotive publications. Consumer Reports suggest to never buy any Mitsubishi Outlander, yet a reasonable number of them are out there being driven. Sale have been strong. One of the best for Mitsubishi and decent for the segment.

It almost seems like there's a tendency to sh*t on the Mitsubishi brand in general by the auto industry. There doesn't seem to be any good reason for it either, especially from a reliability standpoint. All of the auto reviewers will dump on Mitsubishi for "reliability issues" noting engine and transmission issues, but if you go to the sites where these issues are reported by actual consumers (like carcomplaints.com) engine and transmission issues are virtually non-existent. As for customer satisfaction, the common theme in the pro-reviews is that Mitsubishi has low consumer satisfaction. But, if you check actual consumer reviews on Edmunds; Outlander scores higher than CRV and Rav4.

So why the hate for Mitsubishi??? Maybe it's the conspiracy theorist in me, but my sense is that there's some behind closed doors shenanigans going on. Stone cutter type stuff. Maybe that sounds crazy but how else do you explain it? The claims of bad reliability and poor customer satisfaction just don't stack up to the actual numbers. Outlander has class leading AWD system, tried and true proven reliable powertrains, higher consumer and reliability ratings than the "gold standards" of the segment, and the best warranty in the industry. But still no love. Is it possible that the people who actually own Mitsubishi's are wrong about how much they actually like their cars and what problems they actually have???? Or is there something else going on behind the scenes??? You can make your own decision but I have a tinfoil hat on standby, just in case.
 

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It almost seems like there's a tendency to sh*t on the Mitsubishi brand in general by the auto industry. There doesn't seem to be any good reason for it either, especially from a reliability standpoint. All of the auto reviewers will dump on Mitsubishi for "reliability issues" noting engine and transmission issues, but if you go to the sites where these issues are reported by actual consumers (like carcomplaints.com) engine and transmission issues are virtually non-existent. As for customer satisfaction, the common theme in the pro-reviews is that Mitsubishi has low consumer satisfaction. But, if you check actual consumer reviews on Edmunds; Outlander scores higher than CRV and Rav4.

So why the hate for Mitsubishi??? Maybe it's the conspiracy theorist in me, but my sense is that there's some behind closed doors shenanigans going on. Stone cutter type stuff. Maybe that sounds crazy but how else do you explain it? The claims of bad reliability and poor customer satisfaction just don't stack up to the actual numbers. Outlander has class leading AWD system, tried and true proven reliable powertrains, higher consumer and reliability ratings than the "gold standards" of the segment, and the best warranty in the industry. But still no love. Is it possible that the people who actually own Mitsubishi's are wrong about how much they actually like their cars and what problems they actually have???? Or is there something else going on behind the scenes??? You can make your own decision but I have a tinfoil hat on standby, just in case.
I completely agree!

Hence me mentioning so many of them can be spotted. People simply love them, and it doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Bashing on Mitsubishi is just an easy and safe bet for these publications. Actual analysis is hard work.

Lucky for Mitsubishi, consumers know better and sales numbers speak for them...

April 11, 2019
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV HITS 200,000 GLOBAL SALES MILESTONE
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces that the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, has achieved a key milestone with sales of 200,000 worldwide since its launch in 2013.

The Outlander PHEV is MMC’s technology flagship, and its success demonstrates the scale of consumer demand for electrified vehicles as the automobile industry undergoes a profound technology change.

Since making its debut in Japan, the Outlander PHEV has been rolled out to more than 50 countries across the world. It has become the world best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle as at the end of December 2018*1. It also has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle for continuously over the past four years (2015-2018)*1, a testament to its constant evolution, brilliant engineering and technological innovation. In 2018, Outlander PHEV was Canada’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle.
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I wonder what they'll say when the next-generation Outlander arrives.
 

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I have a 2015 Outlander. I have had absolutely no issues with it. I have driven in the snow, rain and on the beach. I have laid the seats flat and put an amazing amount of stuff in the back. It rides comfortable on long drives. The heated seats are amazing. This is the first time ever for me with heated seats. After a long day at work and your lower back hurts. Put the seat heater on low and it has nice heat on your lower back and when I get home. No pain.
 

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My 2014 Outlander SAWC SE has 236,000 trouble free miles on it with Original Engine and CVT. Everything still works on it!

I also owned a 2011 Outlander Sport ES FWD that i put 157,000 miles on it before i traded it in on the 2014 Outlander. Great cars! Enough Said

How reliable is the Mitsubishi Outlander?

I have seen some concerns from owners and automotive publications. Consumer Reports suggest to never buy any Mitsubishi Outlander, yet a reasonable number of them are out there being driven. Sale have been strong. One of the best for Mitsubishi and decent for the segment.

 
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