Cars on board: Mitsubishi’s striking new Outlander

Outlander Side View

Aug 26, 2021

By John Morris

For many boat owners who have gear to tote and the occasional stretch of bumpy road to negotiate, a mid-size SUV is just the ticket. Recently, I borrowed a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and found it to be a fine ride with quite a few bonuses.

One of those extras is a third row of seats. This is surprising for a vehicle that’s basically the same size as many of its competitors; the seats are not really roomy, but they are there. When you don’t need them, and I didn’t, they fold into the floor nicely. The second row folds down too, so you can create a significant amount of carrying space.

The Trunkroom for stuff

This Outlander has a number of other happy features (I borrowed the top of the line of course). The panoramic sun roof opens twice the distance of conventional hatches – lots of fresh air. The vehicle comes with a very complete set of safety features including front and rear crash avoidance, blind spot beeping, adaptive cruise control. In fact the whole vehicle is pretty high tech including a big centre screen that shows navigation, a buffet of audio options, HVAC settings plus all-round cameras (more on that in a sec.)




interior luxe

In place of the conventional instrument cluster in front of the steering wheel is a separate screen that monitors all vehicle functions on top of the basic speed, tach, fuel etc. I kept the heads-up display on all the time and set it to show speed limits as well as vehicle velocity – hate those tickets! Two multi-adjust power seats, and pretty most of you’d look for on a luxury car are there. The look and feel of the interior with those snazzy screens and some really some really tasteful, cushy upholstery will appeal to your spoil-me self. As a lower volume player in the Canadian market, Mitsubishi is clearly trying catch your eye with a very aggressive package of perks to the $40k-ish marketplace.


Outlander Backup Camthe screen shows the entire picture as you back to the hitch

The central screen also shows all-round video, nice for parking of course, but as an exercise I backed up to a trailer hitch. This becomes a pretty easy matter even without people standing behind the vehicle yelling and waving their arms. Electronic technology is truly helpful.

Outlander Hitch






So any concerns? Not much although initially the exterior was a bit of a moment. Perhaps I am getting old and staid, but the shape of the Outlander really is quite a departure. Thanks to a Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the Rogue and the Outlander are sibs in many drive train and mechanical ways but not in suspension goals and not at all in looks. The Mitsubishi designers have really created a whole new look with a dramatic front end, repositioned headlights and lots of sculpture. The Mits has 20-inch wheels, the Rogue 19s. It looks bigger and more powerful in a Land Rover kind of way. It took me a minute, but when the folks at the boat club came over to check it out, it was clear that maybe the world is ready for a re-fresh.

The Outlander may not have the instant recognition of a Rav4 or CRV, but it’s a very worthy Japanese rival and well worth considering as your drive to the boat.

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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Sunset off St John

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A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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