At its cheapest price the Mitsubishi Outlander is an honest soft-roader that isn’t without appeal, but at the more expensive end of the model range it’s not really a contender.

The main problem is that the Outlander is one of those cars that, at one point, was recommendable but the class has moved on.

The Outlander was at one point recommendable, but the class has moved on

Its on-paper merits fail to outweigh the real-world flaws, and with such accomplished competition, the Outlander is hard to justify next to the similarly priced rivals.