2012 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0


Probably the best vehicle I've owned


I broke the driver's side cup holder with my knee.

Other than that, absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this vehicle.

General Comments:


Good - The seats are comfortable, and the heated seats are an absolute blessing. Everything is well laid out and easy to understand. There is a lot of hard plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap. The second row seats have lots of room for adults. They slide back and forth, and recline for added comfort.

Bad - The fabric on the seats is comfortable, but is a dog hair magnet. The driver's side cup holder is in the perfect position while driving, however the position lends itself to hitting it with your knee while getting into and out of the vehicle. Mine is currently broken. The 3rd row seat would work in a pinch, but to be honest, I never use it and I would much rather have a cargo area in its place. I wish the second row seats folded flat. As comfortable as the driver's seat is, it gets a little tiring on long road trips.


The pig nose on the front is something you either love or hate. In my case I love it. The 2 part tailgate is awesome and very handy. The LED taillights are a nice feature.


The 3.0 and the 6 speed auto are a really good match. I'm sure there are faster vehicles out there, but it doesn't take away from the fun of pushing the go button. It makes me smile every time and never gets old. There's some body roll if you push it in the corners, but hey it's an SUV, what do you expect. I find on less than ideal traction situations (gravel, wet, etc) it can get a little squirrely if you have it in 2WD. With it in AWD there are no issues.

The AWD system is flawless and has never left me stuck in the mud or snow. Driving this vehicle is deep snow is an absolute blast.

Overall, this vehicle is fun to drive in any and all conditions.


Outside of fluid/filter changes, I haven't done a thing to this vehicle. Mine came without a block heater and I was worried as winters here get blistering cold. But it hasn't become an issue. -30C to +30C, starts every time.


My only other gripe about this vehicle is, there is very limited aftermarket selection. IE: If you wanted to do performance/suspension/body upgrades, there is not a lot out there in the market. Not a big deal for me, but for some people it may be a deal breaker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2018

29th Apr 2018, 03:28

Nicely detailed review - thanks :)

22nd May 2018, 11:24

It is impossible a car to drive to 130000 miles with only oil changes and no repairs. This review has no credibility.

22nd May 2018, 20:40

That was 90,000 miles over five years. It is possible - in my own experience (in a supposedly not very dependable BMW hatchback).

The odd problems I've had were due to the age of the car (now hitting 17 years old) rather than mileage itself. I bought my car at 9 years old, and it's only started having the odd gremlins (crank position sensor, for example) within the last 6 months.

The radiator was changed when the car was 15 years old. I drive a good 15-20K km/year.

The Mitsubishi, being Japanese and quite young, if maintained properly, can do very high mileages in a few years with very few problems. A Czech friend put about 150K km over two years on a brand new Subaru Legacy due to his job, driving between Prague and Paris very often, over two years. Besides oil changes, the one thing that went wrong was the right rear brake light bulb.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 3.0L V6


Hidden gem


Changed tyres to Nokian WRG2 and put on Bosch Ikon wipers. Other than that, nothing yet. Keeping my fingers crossed.

General Comments:

Bought this for my wife, and she is extremely happy about how well it is put together.

Stock Goodyear Eagle tyres were garbage, due to which I got them replaced by Nokian WRG2. Now winter and summer driving is taken care of.

Got HID lights, sunroof, 18" wheels. Voice recognition and Bluetooth are fantastic.

Split tailgate and Fastkey are a pleasure.

Will try to do periodic updates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th January, 2013