Buying an SUV means finding the right options to match your priorities. For this reason, it’s important first to distinguish which are the most important options, as this can help you pinpoint the right model for you. To illustrate, if you want an SUV which is affordable, efficient, and stylish, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander might be right for you.
As noted above, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander delivers excellent value. The SUV’s base model, the ES, starts from $23,495. For the midsize SUV segment, this is an incredible value with the average cost of its immediate peers being $33,450, resulting in the Outlander saving you $9,955 on average. Its price point alone makes it an enticing choice for anyone looking for a good value.
Mitsubishi offers multiple engine options for the Outlander. The standard offering is also the most efficient, as the 2.4L MIVEC engine achieves up to 30 highway mpg and 25 city mpg, both of which are better than segment averages. To illustrate, the Outlander’s combined efficiency of 27 mpg places it above comparable models such as the Ford Edge SE (25 combined mpg) and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (24 combined mpg).
If you do much driving on the highway you’ll find the Outlander to be a great choice. Per tank, it can go up to 498 highway miles, allowing the SUV to go an extra 41 miles —per segment average. This makes a significant difference in fuel savings over the life of ownership if you do much in the way of highway driving.
Using the 2.4L MIVEC engine as the comparison, the Outlander won’t blow you away with its power capabilities. In fact, it’s pretty weak, with its 166-horsepower output, placing it well below the 281-horsepower average by other 2017 midsize SUVs.
Mitsubishi does supply a more powerful engine, as you can upgrade to its GT model that earns 224-horsepower. Still, when compared to its immediate peers, it falls woefully short. Therefore, if you are seeking some power under the hood, the Outlander won’t be the best option for you.
Though deficient in power, the Outlander does deliver a fun ride thanks to its two transmission choices. The CVT transmission with Acceleration Control maximizes efficiency and keeps oil consumption to a minimum. The result is the brisk performance you crave that won’t tax your SUV.
Another option is the six-speed automatic transmission that Mitsubishi paired with its 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 engine. This pairing gives you the best in power and responsive handling which won’t break the bank in fuel costs thanks to its excellent efficiency output.
Enhancing performance is the paddle shifters–available on the GT Trim. These shifters give you the option to downshift or upshift to give your SUV a sports car feel.
Not surprisingly, the Outlander struggles to deliver in power capabilities. One area where it does a great job is in its 1,444-pound payload capacity, which is 122 pounds more than what its immediate peers average. If you need to tow larger items, the Outlander won’t be for you. It has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds; this is 2000 pounds less than what other midsize SUVs average. Again, if you need maximum power to haul a trailer or other items the Outlander will fall short of your demands.
The Outlander follows a similar pattern of disappointment as it pertains to interior space. It has a trunk space of 10.3 cubic feet, falling well short of the 31.5 cubic feet of trunk space offered by its immediate peers.
Meanwhile, the Outlander possesses 63.3 cubic feet of cargo room. To give an illustration of how much room you can receive with comparable models, the Chevrolet Traverse LS has 116.30 cubic feet of cargo room while the Ford Explorer Limited possesses 81.70 cubic feet of cargo space. This shows how much more cargo volume you receive with other models.
One area where the Outlander redeems itself is in its technological offerings. The Outlander comes available with the Smartphone Link Display audio system. The system allows you to connect your smartphone easily so you can access apps, play music and make calls with ease.
Another outstanding feature is the Eco Driving mode. This mode maximizes fuel efficiency by using sensors on the S-AWC to shift between two to four-wheel drive–when needed.
If you want to transform your SUV into an audio machine, you can upgrade to the Rockford Fosgate sound system. This system delivers 710-watts through its nine-speaker system. In addition, to keep music sounding crystal clear, the system encompasses features such as Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround and more.
Similar to other manufacturers, Mitsubishi offers proactive safety features on its Outlander model. Some of the available equipment you can have installed, depending on the trim you select, includes rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot warning with lane changing assist and forward collision mitigation system. Furthermore, Mitsubishi made the Outlander with its Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body, which uses crumple zones to absorb crash energy during collisions to direct some of the energy away from the SUV’s occupants.
What the Experts Say
“Despite its distinctive exterior, the Outlander lingers at the bottom of the crossover barrel. The interior is quiet, with room for seven in three rows of seats. The base engine is a 166-hp 2.4-liter four mated to a CVT with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The GT has a 224-hp 3.0-liter V-6, a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. Handling is composed, but both engines are challenged by the Outlander’s weight—especially the four-cylinder with all-wheel drive.” -Car and Driver
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander delivers if you are on a tight budget and need a midsize SUV. However, if you want an SUV which has a good power punch and storage capacity, the Outlander falls woefully short. Therefore, cost aside, there are other midsize SUVs that would be better fitting for many family’s priorities.