2017 Outlander New Car Test Drive
The mission of the Mitsubishi Outlander is to offer value-minded families efficiency, comfort, and space; it's close in size to the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester, but it feels roomier inside. The 2017 Outlander gets interior updates.
Outlander offers seating for up to seven, although the third-row seat is small.
Today's Outlander was introduced for 2014, and was updated for 2016, with changed styling, better interior materials, more sound deadening, and an updating of the transmission.
2017 Outlanders get new cabin features.
Outlander comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 166 hp mated to a CVT.
The Outlander GT features a 224-horsepower V6. Displacing 3.0-liters, the GT accelerates from zero to sixty in about 8.0 seconds, slower than rivals. However it increases the towing capacity from 1500 to 3500 pounds, and has a pleasing exhaust note.
AWD comes in two versions. Outlander ES gets a new system with a locking center differential. Outlander GT gets a more sophisticated system that controls differentials front and center.
Outlander ES is estimated by the federal government to get 25/30 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined (24/29/26 mpg with AWD). That's among the highest mileage vehicles with third-row seating.
The GT, with V6 and all-wheel drive, gets 20/27/23 mpg, on Premium gasoline.
On a fast drive over mountain roads, we got 21 mpg in the four-cylinder, and 20 mpg in the V6, both AWD. We found the four-cylinder underpowered, but the V6 isn't much quicker.
Mitsubishi plans to introduce an all-wheel-drive Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) as a 2018 model. It will be able to function as a series or parallel hybrid, whichever is most efficient at the time. The system combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two 60-kilowatt motors, with an electric-only range of more than 30 miles. Charging it completely will take about 4.5 hours on a 240-volt outlet.
The Outlander gets top results in every category of the IIHS tests, to achieve the insurance industry agency's Top Safety Pick+ status. From the NHTSA, it gets four stars overall for front-drive models and five stars with AWD.
Available safety features include lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and, new for 2017, pedestrian detection. Those items can all be had together on the mid-range SEL, as can three new features: blind spot monitors, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alerts.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in ES, SE, and SEL models, and the V6 GT, with front- or all-wheel drive. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Outlander ES ($23,495) comes standard with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, six-speaker 140-watt audio system, 60/40-split folding second-row seats, 50/50-split third-row seats, power locks, windows, and mirrors; under-floor rear storage, rain-sensing wipers, leather-wrapped steering-wheel and shift knob, three 12-volt power outlets, USB port, 6.1-inch touchscreen HD radio, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Outlander ES AWC ($24,995) comes with all-wheel drive.
Outlander SE ($24,495) adds satellite radio, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. It also comes with fog lamps, heated seats, and high-contrast instruments. Outlander SE S-AWC ($26,495) gets the upgraded all-wheel-drive.
Outlander SEL ($25,495) upgrades with leather seating surfaces, remote power liftgate, and Rockford Fosgate Audio with satellite radio. The SEL also gets a power driver's seat, power-folding mirrors, roof rails, gloss-black interior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener. Outlander SEL S-AWC ($27,495) gets all-wheel drive.
Outlander GT 3.0 S-AWC ($31,695) gets the V6, the 710-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, the heated steering wheel, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights. The GT Touring package adds the multi-view camera system, forward collision warning with emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.
Options include a rear-seat DVD player, remote engine starting, and additional cargo solutions.