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10. Mitsubishi Outlander – Lost in the Crowd

Green Score: 42
Fuel economy rating (EPA city/highway combined): 27 mpg
Base price range: $24,045-$29,045

Redesigned last year, the Outlander still comes wrapped in nondescript (some might say dull looking) styling, but it otherwise remains a reasonable – and affordable – choice among midsize crossover SUVs. The base front-drive version with a 2.0-liter 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine and gearless CVT automatic transmission is the greenest choice here, though those with a need for speed can instead avail themselves of a stronger 3.0-liter 224-horsepower V6 in the top-of-the-line GT version. All-wheel-drive is optional on the two most affordable versions and comes standard with the GT. The Outlander remains attractively designed and sufficiently roomy inside, though the third row seat can be cramped quarters even for kids and there’s scarce cargo space to take advantage of unless the rearmost row seatbacks are folded flat. The base version eschews all but the necessities to maintain a low price, though most versions come well equipped with amenities like a touchscreen-based audio system, heated seats, push button entry/ignition and a hands-free Bluetooth interface. Forward collision and blind spot warning systems are optional for added safety.

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