Mitsubishi Outlander: Tough Enough for Iceland?

The Outlander is an affordable way to get into an SUV with plenty of cargo volume. Still, my time with the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander left something to be desired in the otherworldly landscape of Iceland. So what’s wrong with the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander, is the 2023 Outlander better and is it at least tough enough to handle it in harsh countries like Iceland?

Is Iceland too rugged for the Mitsubishi Outlander?

Although the Mitsubishi Outlander offers PHEVs in older model years and a cheap entry point into SUV ownership in later models, it’s not tough enough to tackle Iceland. With 126 horsepower, the 2021 Outlander PHEV is underpowered and not confident enough for a demanding campaign.

considering an Icelandic vacation.

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander a 4WD?

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander offers full-time All Wheel Drive (AWD), while newer, post-facelift models have Front Wheel Drive (FWD) standard with . However, Outlander’s “lock 4WD” feature simulate the locking of a central differential.

Mitsubishi Outlander is more at home in Los Angeles than Icelandic F-roads | Mitsubishi

While it’s fine for most trails and dirt roads, it’s not good enough for off-roading. If you want to bring an all-terrain vehicle with confidence to a country like Iceland, you should try something with a traditional 4WD application, including a lockable differential.

Is Mitsubishi Outlander a reliable car?

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander boasts above-average reliability. According to , the Mitsubishi model scores a 4.0 out of 5.0, or better than average. Additionally, the Outlander ranks eighth out of 26 in the SUV segment. As a result, Outlander is a reliable SUV option among competitors.

Better yet, RepairPal says the Outlander has an average annual repair cost of around $519. That amount makes it cheaper than many other popular SUVs to maintain and repair.

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander is more powerful than the 2021 model year, so it will likely handle the rugged terrain of Iceland.
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Mitsubishi

What are the most common Mitsubishi Outlander problems?

Fortunately for owners of a late model Mitsubishi Outlander, the vehicles have very few common problems. However, no vehicle is without its problems. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the 2021 Outlander Sport has a software issue that, if not mitigated, could stall the engine.

At the end of the day, the 2021 Outlander just isn’t tough enough for the rugged landscape and F-roads of Iceland. The Mitsubishi model has no hope of competing with old-school 4WD setups like that of a Land Rover Defender or Suzuki Jimny. Of course, the newer models make a lot more torque, so they should perform better when traversing the Icelandic countryside.

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