2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Collision Avoidance and structural issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

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Customers who want a low-cost SUV with three rows of seats often look to the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. Even though it costs less, the automaker claims that drivers will “get thunderstruck.” Driving the Outlander can feel like getting struck by something, but it’s normally just the headaches from the forward collision avoidance and structural defects.

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Problems with the Forward Collision Avoidance

Today’s advanced safety systems are designed to protect all occupants. One important system is the forward collision avoidance, which appears to be defective in Mitsubishi Outlander models.

One NHTSA complaint states, “Bought this New 2022 Outlander 10/01/2021, but on 11/07/2021, the car’s software suddenly disabled the Adaptive Cruise Control function and Forward Collison Warning when I driving on the highway. I tried to drive to a safe place, stop the car and restart it, and the warnings disappeared. But after driving for a few dozen miles, the warning suddenly reappeared. Then the following function and collision prevention function are all disabled, if the front vehicles suddenly brakes and slows down on the highway, my car will probably crash directly into it. I will go to the car store today to ask the problem and hope to get a reply. For the time being, I have not produced an accident, but the car software keeps failing, which is scary. This car’s warning lights keep popping up every few dozen miles of driving with the radar safety system these fail, restarting and then getting better, then getting same problem over and over again. And if there is a car in front, the radar does not detect the vehicle in front, the car system or continue to drive, and will not slow down with the car in front.”

If these systems fail, it’s a hope of most drivers that the air bags will work as intended, but that might be a problem as well. It wasn’t that long ago that Mitsubishi was named in a massive lawsuit revealing the automaker intentionally failed to disclose that the air bags and seat belts could fail during a head-on collision because of electrical defects. Whether this same defect is present in 2022 models has not yet been revealed, but the problem does showcase the level of integrity this automaker offers. Thunder is going to be the least of the drivers’ worries if an accident occurs while in the Outlander.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

It’s always nerve-wracking heading down the highway in a metal box, knowing that anything could go wrong along the way. However, drivers of the Mitsubishi Outlander find that the drive could become even more dangerous because of structural issues.

One Edmunds review says, “Yesterday we picked up our stylish new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander ES at a dealership 180 miles from our home. It was a windy day and our almost three hour drive home became a hair-raising experience. When we left the dealership and got on the highway the front hood of the vehicle began lifting and flexing with the wind. My husband thought it wasn’t properly latched and stopped to remedy the situation but he found it was properly closed. We drove the entire trip home watching the hood violently undulate. (I kept thinking the hood was going to snap off). I called the dealership where our salesman tried to make light of it and said there are no recalls for it—‘yet’.”

These customers should be concerned, especially with two structure-related recalls. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V821000 says that some vehicles might have the center pillar welded wrong. The automaker blames the problem on a welding robot that failed during production. If a crash occurs with this defect, the body of the vehicle might not protect occupants the way it should. Additionally, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V596000 says that some Outlanders were built with first- and second-row seat belt retractors that could deactivate prematurely. If this happens with a child seat buckled in, it could cause the baby to be unsecured, leading to injuries during an accident. If one didn’t know any better, they could think that Mitsubishi is trying to harm people with all of these glaring issues. These basic problems shouldn’t be occurring and there’s no excuse that makes it all okay. Maybe customers should avoid any automaker that boasts about getting “thunderstruck” and choose something that’s safer from the get-go.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Pam

    We bought a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander new and from the beginning have been trying to get the hood fixed! It’s worrisome driving the car feeling like the hood is going to fly up at anytime! Now the cvt at times will shudder and rev up and not go! We have almost been hit due to that. Took to dealership today and of course it did not duplicate the issue so they can’t fix it! Now there’s a recall on the fuel pump! This car is definitely a LEMON! It now has 25,000 miles on it due to being out only vehicle for many months! Does it qualify? It was new and the hood was reported right after we got it many months ago but hasn’t been fixed yet. It causes my anxiety to go up every time I drive it!

  • Kimberly S

    I have a 2015 Mitsubishi outlander , the transmission went out at 117000 miles I can’t drive my car because I was told that the transmission is slipping,, I still owe Bruce Walters car dealership close to 12,000 dollars I’m low income , and I don’t have a choice but to pay for the car , please help with info , I believe there’s a class action lawsuits on these vehicles.

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