Mitsubishi are a steadfast competitor in the medium SUV space, with the 2023 Outlander LS Black Edition offering something a little different from the standard fare. Well presented and pragmatic, it’s practical and loaded with value.
What sets it apart is its distinguishing features, such as the sleek black 20-inch alloy wheels, and blacked-out mirrors, lower bumpers, grille, and pillars. Inside, it offers a touch of luxury with suede and leatherette seat trim.
A black headlining, and a generous dash of piano black surrounding the gear shifter add to a spacious interior. A 9.0-inch infotainment display features a user-friendly interface and physical controls, and strikes a balance between functionality and ease of use.
Power outlets include USB-A, USB-C, and 12V plugs, along with a wireless charging pad. You’ll also find wired Android Auto and both wired and wireless Apple CarPlay. Comfort is key across the first and second row, with the latter providing ample leg room.
That’s complemented by air vents and clever storage solutions. In row three, things may feel tight for adult-sized occupants, and there’s a lack of curtain airbag coverage, but the overall space is well-utilised.
The Outlander’s boot is roomy, with a generous 478-litres of space when using the five-seat setup. Shifting to seven-seat mode trims it down to 163-litres, which is still ample for a grocery haul or tossing in a couple of school bags.
Its substantial 4.7m length also positions it as one of the larger contenders in the mid-sized SUV segment. Safety-conscious drivers will find reassurance in the Outlander’s five-star ANCAP safety rating (2022).
The comprehensive suite includes autonomous emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assistance, and more. While the LS Black Edition misses out on some advanced safety features, it still maintains a strong level of protection.
On the road, the Outlander offers a pleasant driving experience, with its Nissan-sourced 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and responsive CVT automatic gearbox. The front-wheel-drive setup handles everyday driving scenarios.
There’s good ride quality and refinement, although you may manage a bit of wheel spin on the front end when you push it hard during acceleration, or when on an incline in wet conditions. The steering feels slightly heavy but remains well connected.
Delivering an overall dynamic appeal and praiseworthy performance in the efficiency stakes, the Outlander achieves economy figures close to the claimed 7.7-litres/100km. The 20-inch alloy wheels and the CVT transmission contribute to a smooth driving experience.
In the bustling mid-sized SUV segment, the Mitsubishi Outlander stands tall, striking a balance between affordability, features, and practicality.
While it may not boast the same level of efficiency, power, or cutting-edge technology as some competitors, the Outlander charms with its well-matched engine and gearbox, comfortable interior, and overall value proposition.
For those in search of a reliable and stylish family companion, the Outlander makes a compelling case without going over the top. A reasonable capped-price servicing program and a standard 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty adds to that.
You can even stretch the latter to 10-years if you maintain your car through the Mitsubushi dealership network. If you’d like to know more, visit the car maker’s Australian website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.
Our test vehicle was provided by Mitsubishi Motors Australia for review purposes.