2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Towing Capacity: Specs By Trims & Years

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So, you're almost ready to tow with a brand-new Mitsubishi Outlander. But first, you need to know some info about the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity or the specs for another recent model. We'll take a closer look at the max tow ratings for several model years and give you some insight into what you can carry with that tow rating. Then we'll discuss how towing changes your vehicle's drive. Keep reading for all the pertinent information about the Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity.

Mitsubishi Outlander Towing Specs

For the 2023 model, the Mitsubishi Outlander can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped. You might not think that's a ton - no pun intended - at first, but there are so many possibilities. You can tow a lot that's under 2,000 pounds. "A lot" includes the following and more:

  • ATV (~480 lbs.)
  • Grand Piano (~700 lbs.)
  • Jet Ski (~700 lbs.)
  • Pop-Up Camper (~850 lbs.)
  • Snowmobile (~480 lbs.)

See that? You're far from limited with the Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity. You can carry two or even several of most of the items above, and that's not even making mention of all the other things you could tow with your Outlander. The possibilities are endless, so tow your heart out.

Other model years get similarly impressive numbers - even more in some cases. For example, some 2018 and 2019 models are rated for up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. See the chart below for a more extensive outline of the Outlander towing capacity.


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2023 Outlander ES, SE, Black Edition, SEL, 40th Anniversary Edition 2,000 lbs
2022 Outlander 2,000 lbs.
2020 Outlander ES, SE, LE and SEL 1,500 lbs.
2020 Outlander GT 3,500 lbs.
2019 Outlander, 2.4 liter models 1,500 lbs.
2019 Outlander, 3.0 liter models 3,500 lbs.
2018 Outlander, 2.4 liter models 1,500 lbs.
2018 Outlander, 3.0 liter models 3,500 lbs.

How Towing Affects Your Drive

There are a few things you might want to know about how the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity will impact your drive before setting out on an adventure. As you might have suspected, towing anything with your vehicle will have an impact on your expected Outlander MPG performance. It requires a lot of extra energy to be able to pull that much weight, so the SUV needs to use more fuel to efficiently pull all that weight while you're driving. The moral of the story here is: Don't expect to maintain the same fuel economy while towing as you get while you're not towing.

Towing will also alter the handling of your vehicle, so it's a good idea to do a short test drive with all your towing equipment attached before you set out on a longer ride. Taking a test drive will also help you to identify any issues in your towing connection. If your vehicle rocks side to side or back and forth, there may be misalignment in your towing equipment. Maneuvering around tight spaces, corners, and turns is a bit trickier while towing something. Take it slow and be cautious of your surroundings, as your towing vehicle will be more likely to roll over while towing. Finally, when you're towing, your stopping distance is also increased, so hit the brakes a little earlier than you normally do.

Your Mitsubishi Outlander Towing Package & Accessories

You can find the required equipment to boost your towing capacity at our Mitsubishi dealership when you order the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing package.

In most cases, the Mitsubishi Outlander Class II Towing Package comes with everything you'll need to get started. It provides a tow hitch and a ball mount receiver with a 2-inch ball to accommodate most trailer hitch-ups. You'll also get a protective cover to keep the ball mount receiver clean and ready to pull. Plus, this Mitsubishi Outlander towing package includes a wiring harness to operate crucial trailer safety features, such as brake lights.

An Outlander with this towing package installed will be ready to tow most trailers, but some specialized trailers or towed loads may require a different type of receiver, wiring harness, or hitch adapter. If that's the case, you can find what's needed in our catalog of Mitsubishi Outlander towing accessories. The Outlander towing accessories cover everything from hitches to wiring harnesses and add-ons that will make each of your long-haul trips a more effortless experience.

Contact our Mitsubishi parts and accessories department today to get started boosting your 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity. Also, don't forget that your new Outlander comes standard with trailer stability assistance to make towing safer and even more satisfying.

Mitsubishi Outlander Payload Capacity Specs

So now you know that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing specs allow you to tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds,1 but what about the stuff you haul inside your Outlander? The spec for that is called the payload capacity, and it's pretty straightforward to figure out. First, take the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR is the total weight your vehicle can handle) and subtract your Outlander SUV's specific curb weight (the vehicle's weight without fuel, cargo, or passengers).

Almost all gas-powered 2023 Outlander SUVs have a GVWR of 5,192 pounds. Using the lightest weight model, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander ES, we find a curb weight of 3,593 pounds. Subtract 3,593 from 5,192, and we get 1,599. So, we can determine that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander payload capacity for the ES trim is 1,599 pounds, meaning this configuration can carry a maximum of 1,599 pounds of weight.

However, this is a strict maximum, and exceeding your GVWR can cause severe mechanical damage. The payload on board can also lower your Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity figures. To find your specific Mitsubishi Outlander payload capacity and more details on your towing vs. payload capacity, please consult your owner's manual or contact Gunther Mitsubishi to learn more.

Tow Your Outlander With Confidence

Do you think you're ready for Outlander towing? We'd say you're pretty close! If you need any help setting up your equipment or figuring out weight numbers, our team is on standby to assist you. Give us a call with any and all of your 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity questions, and we'll make sure you're ready to tow with confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Mitsubishi Outlander good for towing?

Yes, the Mitsubishi Outlander is an excellent SUV for towing. It has a mighty towing capacity and comes with many tech and engineering optimizations to help with your towing tasks. For example, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander has Trailer Stability Assist to offer peace of mind, a towing package with everything needed to get towing, and a powerful yet efficient engine.

How much weight can a Mitsubishi Outlander tow?

Your specific Mitsubishi Outlander towing capacity will vary depending on optional equipment, trim level, model year, and other factors. However, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, letting you bring along adventure gear like a pop-up camper, an ATV on a trailer, and many more possibilities.

Can a Mitsubishi Outlander tow a trailer?

Yes, the Mitsubishi Outlander is well-optimized for your trailer-towing needs. The towing capacity of 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs is 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, which can accommodate a wide variety of trailers. The Mitsubishi Outlander can also tow a boat trailer with a relatively small watercraft on top, a hauler trailer with an ATV on top, campers like the pop-up type, and more.

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1Towing capability varies by configuration. See the towing guide in the Owner's Manual for proper use and additional information.

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