A New, Redefined Direction For The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
When you think about Mitsubishi, a lot of things could come to mind when picturing the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander.
With the EVO heritage and collection of rally cars, some fun and unique styled cars, and some interesting convertible shapes, you might think of an easygoing, fun, zip-around SUV. Over the last few years and following the behaviours and demands from customers, we are seeing a new, mature and more refined Mitsubishi emerge.
The Mitsubishi in a few years from now will be much different than the cars of the past years. You can tell with Mitsubishi’s decisive approach to an upgraded driving experience. A more commanding presence and a finer look at what goes into driving (and enjoying) a car from the ground up.
Enter The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
The design of the 2022 Outlander has a very strong presence for an SUV.
The front has a high front with streamlined lights the follow the line of the hood dipping down to the middle where it curves accented with chrome blades to accommodate the larger set of LED headlights with a smaller bottom grill finishing the front look of the grill. This new generation of the Outlander is more aggressive and modern for a large upfront presence that tapers off in modern intensity as you get further back.
Continuing to the side of the Outlander, you can see shapely lines continuing the contoured look towards the back and shape the side. You can see they have created a more floating look with the pillars of the car being blacked out for that sleeker look.
The rims are a particular favourite of mine. The silver and black accents and 20” size look great as they provide a forward progressing design. You can tell the wheels and the car really want to move forward and really compliment the modern front well.
The back of the car becomes more traditional to the front and side, really allowing the car to round out to a nice complete package.
When you first step into the 2022 Outlander, you are greeted by a meaty steering wheel and a good ride height.
The seats in this particular model showcase durability and style with a nice quilted leather seat, which provides good comfort and a nice textured look to the smooth lines that contrast around it. Continued through the cabin you can see some of these leather accents as well. The stitching brings an element of Japanese craftspersonship to the whole cabin.
The heads-up display makes the driving experience more seamless and is usually found in top-of-the-line sports SUVs, so it was a welcomed feature for the Outlander. The large panoramic roof brings in a lot of light during a bright day and fills up the interior.
The leather accents really frame the driver and passenger’s perspective nicely while the driving experience is really user-friendly.
Just with a few motions towards the center console, you are off and enjoying the pillowy suspension that has a floating quality with your drive. The ride is particularly smooth and it acts as a way for you to enjoy the experience of getting from point A to B.
This SUV is less of a speedster and more of a way to enjoy a more patient and comfortable ride to your destination.
The 2022 Outlander has a lot of punch off the line. The front lifts up and the back moves back down when accelerating a bit and the pick-up feels good. For those who know me, especially with city driving, pick-up is everything.
When it comes to lane changes or going at speed, I wish they had more of a sport mode to help with overtakes. They have Tarmac mode which helps a bit, but I feel like it could be a bit more powerful or have a different engine upgrade available for purchase.
Overall, the driving experience and the list of standard features were made for a nice ride. The added features of Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA), Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Automatic Emergency Braking make for great safety points just in case you have a busy car or a sudden change you have to make. The multiview camera makes for easy parking in tight parking garages and busy shopping mall parking spots.
Another aspect I noticed about riding in the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander was how quiet the ride and insulated the cabin was. It was nice to be able to just close the door from downtown Toronto and have the distracting symphony of construction, dogs barking in Liberty Village, and cars honking come to a quiet.
- Four Wheel Drive Modes (4WD)
- 4-Cylinder Engine (efficient, great on gas decent on power)
- 181 Horsepower
- 2.5L MIVEC DOHC Direct Injection Engine
When it comes to the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, I had it for a couple of days and I must say, it’s very easy to live with. The higher resolution cameras make it easy to navigate populated parking malls and parking garages. The second row makes it easy to get in and out of. The trunk space is good for really any sport I can think of and really carries most things you that you give it.
I was invited by Mitsubishi to spend an afternoon enjoying one of my favourite pastimes, golf. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is perfect for a golf trip. Not only can you fit 4 golf bags in there comfortably, but your entire round buddies in there as well.
Enjoying A Round of Golf At Piper’s Heath Golf Club
Wanted to take this to a new course I have never played before just outside Oakville at Piper’s Heath Golf Club.
Piper’s Heath is a very beautiful 18-hole golf course designed by Graham Cooke and is only 40 minutes from downtown Toronto.
This enjoyable and shaped 5,200 – 7,054 yard par 72 is not only enjoyable to cart but easy to enjoy walking as well. The links-style course uses sculpted and wild grass to keep it interesting on every hole. Some tee shots provide a good viewing platform to where you want to put your shots next, some actually challenge you to take a line that you believe may help you, but you might find yourself close to a well-place hazard. It adds to the fun, the challenge, with every hole feeling very different than the last.
Accurate players are rewarded most here with more fescue outlining each hole, adding some extra motivation to stay in between the lines.
This course is definitely not your fairway course where you are going to find every shot that you hit wrong. It’s one that takes on your abilities to maybe lean off killing it off the tee and think a little bit more about strategy.
The par 3’s are particularly stunning, intimidating in the best possible way as well. Both are very scenic and distracting, in a good way.
The 20-acre property allowed the course to not feel like it was squeezed into a space. It looks like it was very meticulously planned and the shape of the course and the maintenance was really very nice. The course was in really great shape.
Mix that experience with the great after-round food, friendly staff, and really nice practice facilities, it makes me want to be in charge of where we play next. And that course is Piper’s Heath.
Bringing It All Home
After the round and the drive home, I was actually looking forward to getting into the Outlander. It was something that really fit in nicely with the activity of the afternoon, mixed with a refined way of heading home for the night.
In order to improve the newer iterations to come for the 2022 Outlander to make it more of a luxurious ride, I would consider a stronger engine upgrade, a stronger and larger primary screen for the driver, and even a built-in second screen for the passenger.
The Bottom Line
After driving Mitsubishis for over the last 10 years in different facets, this is the first time I would consider Mitsubishi a buyer’s contender for a purchase of an SUV. I would add it to your list of test drives.
I wanted to write this particular story because I felt like it was a noticeable change and step up from the last iterations to a more refined and luxurious approach to their vehicles. This car would definitely suit the young professionals, the families looking for a more stylish vehicle, and those who like to wear a suit the same day they went hiking or played a sport.
For more information about the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, be sure to visit their website.
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