The layout underneath the Outlander is like that of most crossovers in this class, with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension. An electric power steering system helps provide good weighting and responsiveness while reducing fuel consumption
The Outlander may not present as a hard-core off-roader, but it has enough toughness and ground clearance to get through loose, rocky trails and the occasional forest road. S-AWC models (with all-wheel drive) include an electronically controlled center coupling and an open rear differential. The system is supplemented by an active front differential that helps get the torque split correct between front wheels, which is especially helpful in low-traction situations like ice, snow and mud.
In all models, the second row can fit up to three, and it's 60/40 split, with the seatbacks folding forward for more cargo capability or reclining.
Standard equipment included include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat heat ducts, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, cruise control, an 8-inch touch-screen display, steering-wheel audio controls and a 6-speaker sound system with 140 watts.
High-tech safety come standard on all trims which include Forward Collision Mitigation and Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and rain-sensing wipers.