2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Power and Drivability

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 10:18 PM

2017mitsubishioutlander475After a full redesign just last year the Mitsubishi Outlander comes into 2017 with few updates. New standard equipment includes the 6.1-inch touchscreen and rearview camera. There are new optional features too, a heated steering wheel, CarPlay, Android Auto, 360 camera system, and automatic high beams.

As family-sized crossovers go the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a contender in the large pack of people movers. With it’s standard third row, plentiful standard features, excellent safety scores, and reasonable price tag, the Outlander is an appealing choice when choosing a family-sized crossover.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover SUV that comes in four different trim levels: ES, SE, SEL and GT. This review will focus on the GT trim.

The GT trim gets all the goodies including: roof rails, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, gloss-black interior trim, leather upholstery and a power driver seat. Also standard are: a sunroof, a power liftgate, power folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Optional equipment is the Touring Package which was included on my test vehicle of adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning.

The all-wheel-drive GT gets a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 224 horses and 215 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Expect to get 20/city, 27/highway, and 23/combined mpg.

2017mitsubishioutlanderintIn government crash testing, the Outlander with all-wheel drive earned a top five-star rating for overall crash protection, with four stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection.

On the inside of the Outlander is where it shines with high-quality materials and easy to use technology features. Front and second row seating is comfortable and spacious but leave the third row for the kids. With the third row up, the Outlander offers 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the second row there’s 34.2 cubes, fold the second and third row down, and there’s a spacious 63.3 cubes.

The V6 engine on the GT trim gives the Outlander an extra oomph when entering freeways or passing. It has a quiet cabin due to improved sound-deadening. Taking turns in the Outlander is easy and secure. With the all-wheel-drive slogging through mud is possible without getting stuck.

Looking for a family-sized crossover that offers a little fun? Give the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT a test drive.