• 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $23,820
  • SE priced from $23,620; GT from $28,620
  • Plug-in Hybrid coming early next year

Mitsubishi recently announced pricing for its all-new 2014 Outlander. The small crossover will start at $23,820 with shipping, making it only slightly more expensive than the outgoing model. Mitsubishi also detailed the Outlander's trim levels.

According to Mitsubishi, the $23,820 figure buys a base-level Outlander ES. Drivers looking for more features will step up to the mid-level Outlander SE, which starts at $24,620 with shipping. That model includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1-in touchscreen, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also uses Mitsubishi's FAST key system, which includes a push-button starter. Both ES and SE models use Mitsubishi's 170-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

At the top of the 2014 Outlander range is the upscale Outlander GT. Starting at $28,620, the GT's main benefit is a 230-hp 3.0-liter V6. In a small crossover like the Outlander, that engine should provide serious muscle. The Outlander GT also includes SiriusXM satellite radio, Xenon headlights and standard all-wheel drive.

The Outlander's pricing places it squarely in competition with rivals. The 2013 Toyota RAV4, for instance, starts at just over $24,000. The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape both start around $23,500. The Hyundai Tucson is among the least expensive small crossovers with a base price of just over $20,000 with shipping.

One model was missing from Mitsubishi's detailed list of Outlander trim levels and pricing: the upcoming Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV won't debut with the rest of the Outlander range, which is scheduled to go on sale this summer. Instead, the PHEV will reach dealers early next year.

Fuel-conscious crossover shoppers will certainly appreciate the PHEV. With the Ford Escape Hybrid no longer available, the least-expensive hybrid SUV is the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which starts around $41,000. The Outlander PHEV will likely be cheaper -- and its plug-in hybrid drivetrain should give it a range of around 35 miles in electric mode.

The Outlander isn't the only new Mitsubishi set to arrive at dealers shortly. The brand recently showed off the 2014 Mirage, a new 5-door subcompact set to go on sale later this year.

What it means to you: On paper, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander looks like a viable small SUV rival. Stay tuned for our opinions after we get some time behind the wheel.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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