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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S assessment: Higher than anticipated

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S assessment: Higher than anticipated

This Mitsubishi Outlander obtained plenty of appears to be like over the weekend. I believe these have been principally from individuals who have by no means seen this automobile — it appears to be like somewhat bizarre and futuristic — or possibly they only haven’t seen the three-diamond brand in so lengthy they forgot what it was. The entrance finish is likely to be somewhat odd for me, now that I stare at it. The massive, darkish space beneath the headlights and grille is an excessive amount of. Possibly Mitsu may have executed one thing extra with the physique shade. Aspect, rear and three-quarter views are all positive, even cool. Visually, it falls squarely into “midsize SUV” territory for me.

Inside, it feels somewhat … I hate to say low-cost, possibly simply easy. It’s principally black on black, with somewhat woodgrain thrown in. It’s much better than being too busy. The plastics are principally exhausting, and the sprint has a rubbery really feel to it, but it surely’s flat, and outward visibility is sweet. It feels roomy inside, and looking out towards the again seat there looks as if loads of area for folks and cargo. I did should scoot the entrance seat up a bit to suit the automobile seat again there, however there was nonetheless loads of room.

I usually don’t like aftermarket radios, however this Rockford-Fosgate unit appears to be like good. It’s fully built-in with the sprint, and the controls are simple to determine. It is also loud, however I anticipated that as a result of I’ve had mates with Rockford tools, principally in highschool, that was a lot loud. At all times love seat and steering wheel warmth. I hope wheel warmth turns into as ubiquitous as seat warmth.

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The three.Zero-liter V6 is peppy, and I’d have guessed someplace within the 250- to 270-hp vary by the butt dyno. The engine’s eagerness, throttle tip-in and steering quickness make this utility really feel quicker than anticipated, and it is nimble, too. At three,600 kilos, it’s gentle for an SUV, in order that feeling is smart. The six-speed auto is the slowest factor about this automobile and was sluggish in each handbook and computerized modes. I performed with the paddles for a couple of minutes. I don’t know why I used to be anticipating Evo-like shifts.

Like I stated, the Outlander feels gentle all the best way round and thin-walled. You’ll hear some street, tire and wind noise, however the suspension soaks up potholes effectively — even the jagged, unavoidable huge ones. I didn’t have any climate to cope with so I didn’t use a lot of the Tremendous Dealing with All-Wheel Management, although I did play with the button. There’s no sport mode — simply regular, eco and snow, sadly. C’mon Mitsubishi, you guys couldn’t amp it up for one of the choices!?

At $32,000 base, it’s not a foul worth, though the bottom Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 begins at virtually the very same worth. The Jeep feels dearer total, it’s faster too with extra horsepower and it appears to be like higher. Checking the scale, it’s additionally a number of inches greater, although it didn’t really feel like an enormous distinction inside or on the street. The Grand Cherokee has all the time been my go-to comparability for non-luxe midsizers, and it’s nonetheless my alternative within the section.

Mitsubishi is form of piecemeal out there proper now. We all know the corporate could make an pleasing automobile, and at a good worth. This Outlander is shut; one other few years, a number of upgrades, a number of extra horses, this SUV will likely be within the combine.

— Jake Lingeman, street take a look at editor


As a legacy fan of Mitsubishi, it’s been exhausting to observe the automobile firm answerable for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the 3000GT almost vanish. The final time I used to be in a Mitsu product was the ultimate version Lancer Evo. Whereas that was an important driving fanatic automobile, it felt ripped straight out of the early 2000s. I used to be anticipating one thing related from Mitsubishi’s newest Outlander and was pleasantly shocked.

Granted, it doesn’t really feel premium, however the Outlander is filled with the creature comforts you need out of a contemporary SUV. Like Jake mentions, that doesn’t imply it’s one of the best on the market for the cash, but it surely no less than means this Mitsu has a preventing probability.

The three.Zero-liter V6 solely sends 224 hp to the six-speed computerized, but it surely feels peppier than that. You gained’t be dissatisfied while you depart a stoplight, however you additionally gained’t be thrown into the rear seat with the acceleration. The Rockford-Fosgate sound system does the deed and sounds good. The media display is gorgeous and snappy, and nearly as good as absolutely anything available on the market at the moment. There’s a sticker-like emblem on the highest nook of the display’s body which is able to finally fall off, however you gained’t discover it when it’s gone.

It is improved sufficient to make the oldsters who stroll previous the ocean of Mirages on the native Mitsubishi dealership do a double take at these Outlanders.

— Wesley Wren, affiliate editor

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $32,590

As Examined Worth: $34,090

Drivetrain: three.Zero-liter SOHC V6, AWD six-speed computerized

Output: 224 hp @ 6,250 rpm; 215 lb-ft @ three,750 rpm

Curb Weight: three,626 lb

Gas Financial system: 20/37/23 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Choices: GT Touring Bundle together with multi-view digicam system, ahead collision mitigation, adaptive cruise management, lane departure warning, computerized excessive beam and heated steering wheel ($1,500)

Professionals: Feels faster than anticipated; price range entry

Cons: Numerous noise, quirky appears to be like

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