2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

With the demise of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution last year, the company’s Outlander GT became the de facto best vehicle sold by the three-diamond brand. Of course, that has been a low bar of late. The 2017 Outlander GT, however, is a genuinely acceptable crossover SUV.

Straddling the line between compact and mid-size, the Outlander’s pricing and its 105.1-inch wheelbase put it in the former class, while the crossover’s standard third-row seat and 184.8-inch overall length would seem to cast its lot with the latter. Because of its third row, C/D classifies the Outlander as a mid-size crossover, even though it would not even be the largest vehicle in the compact-crossover segment, where the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain sit on longer wheelbases and cast larger shadows. And inside, the Outlander’s standard 50/50-split third-row seat’s 28.2 inches of legroom fall 3.2 inches short of what’s available in the compact Nissan Rogue’s optional third row. Cargo space with all seats raised is markedly similar, with the Outlander’s 10 cubic feet barely edging out the Rogue’s 9 cubes. Folding each vehicle’s rearmost row also results in a disparity of 1 cubic foot, with the sunroof-equipped Outlander GT V-6 offering 33 cubic feet of cargo volume to the Rogue’s 32 cubic feet.

Value Pricing

Despite the fact that most adults will prefer walking to being stuffed into the Outlander’s cramped third row, its presence is noteworthy given the Mitsubishi’s $24,390 base price, which is $1560 less than the least expensive seven-passenger Rogue. That low starting price is for the base Outlander ES; there are also the SE, SEL, and GT. Our test vehicle was the last trim, which starts at $32,590. While ES, SE, and SEL models are motivated by a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that frequently drones because of the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) it’s mated to, the GT is the sole trim level available with Mitsubishi’s 224-hp 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, an option on four-cylinder Outlanders, is standard with the V-6 as well.

Although 2017 base Outlanders equipped with all-wheel drive use a more run-of-the-mill setup, the SE, SEL, and GT trims rely on Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) hardware. A simplified version of the unit found in the now defunct Lancer Evolution, S-AWC is able to shift engine output between the front and rear axles as well as left to right across the front axle. This dance is accomplished courtesy of a coupler that engages and disengages drive to the rear differential and a front limited-slip differential. An active yaw-control system both feathers the brakes and lightly adjusts the electrically assisted power steering to further regulate torque distribution. A button located aft of the gearshift lever can be tapped to engage one of four S-AWC drive modes: Eco, Snow, Lock, and Normal.

This Ain’t No Evo

S-AWC is a capable all-wheel-drive system, and its ministrations kept the nose-heavy Outlander GT’s cornering behavior nearly neutral through the tight hairpin turns on some of our favorite back roads. Sadly, the Outlander is a less than ideal vessel for the performance capability of S-AWC, as, even in GT V-6 form, it’s softly sprung and lacking in athleticism. And the Outlander’s lifeless steering relays little information about what the tires are up to.

In spite of its comfort-oriented suspension setup, our 3768-pound Outlander GT test car managed a class-competitive 0.78 g around our skidpad, improving on the 100-pound-lighter four-cylinder Outlander SEL AWD, which pulled just 0.74 g. (Both vehicles wore the same 225/55R-18 Toyo A24 all-season tires.) The braking performance of our V-6–powered GT test car also improved on the four-cylinder model, albeit only slightly, with a 179-foot stopping distance from 70 mph, one foot better than the SEL AWD.

The Outlander’s proclivity to list at every turn of the steering wheel and rock with each stab of the brake pedal means that dynamic or stop-and-go driving is not the Outlander’s forte. Conversely, the Mitsubishi’s softly suspended chassis delivers a supremely comfortable ride at cruising speeds, as road irregularities are soaked up with aplomb, while cabin noise is kept to a class-competitive 69 decibels at 70 mph. However, pin the throttle, and the coarse V-6’s ruckus readily enters the cabin. At 76 decibels, the Outlander GT V-6 is 4 decibels louder at wide-open throttle than a Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD.

Mitsubishi’s bent-six is able to move the Outlander with reasonable quickness, at least off the line. Zero to 60 mph takes just 7.6 seconds, and the quarter-mile arrives after 16.0 seconds at 89 mph, bettering its four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive counterpart by 1.7 and 1.3 seconds. Unfortunately, the Outlander GT V-6 is disappointingly lethargic once up to speed, as 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph passing times took 4.3 and 6.0 seconds—slower than a 175-hp four-cylinder 2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco AWD. Blame the Outlander’s sluggish six-speed automatic transmission; thankfully, it comes equipped with a chunky pair of column-mounted shift paddles for manual override. Fuel economy is rated at a respectable 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway; however, Mitsubishi asks that you feed this V-6 premium fuel.

What’s New, Mitsu?

As part of a handful of modest updates for 2017, the Outlander’s cabin adds a new center console with a covered cupholder slot; an electrically actuated parking brake on all-wheel-drive SE, SEL, and GT models; and a new touchscreen infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Standard on the SE, SEL, and GT, the unit’s 7.0-inch display is crisp and clear, but the small, squished buttons make inputs while driving a challenge. (Last year’s 6.1-inch infotainment system lives on in the base Outlander ES.) Alas, a factory navigation system, which previously was an option, is no longer available.

With a starting price of $32,590, our Cool Silver Metallic Outlander GT test car came with an as-tested price of $34,090 due to the addition of the $1500 GT Touring package, which includes a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beams, and a 360-degree-view monitor.

For those in need of a third-row seat and a more manageable size, but who still want a 200-plus-horsepower engine, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT V-6 carves out its own niche in an increasingly crowded segment. Still, consumers who are content with seating for five will find more enjoyment behind the wheel of dynamically superior competitors such as the Mazda CX-5 and the Honda CR-V, while a larger mid-size crossover or SUV with a more comfortable third row may better serve those genuinely in need of seven-passenger seating.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 29
Cruising Range – City : mi 398.40
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 26
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 481.40
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 16.6
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 : in N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings : in N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height : in N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 : ft³ 63.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 : ft³ 34.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 : ft³ 10.3

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
Disc – Front (Yes or ) : Yes
Disc – Rear (Yes or ) : Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 11.6
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness : in 11.9
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 6.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : Four Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 1
Trans Description Cont. : CVT w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 2.63 – 0.38
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 1.96
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 6.03
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High : N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low : N/A

Vehicle

EPA Classification : Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity : 7
Passenger Volume : ft³ 128.2
Front Head Room : in 40.6
Front Leg Room : in 40.9
Front Shoulder Room : in 56.6
Front Hip Room : in 52.6
Second Head Room : in 38.4
Second Leg Room : in 37.3
Second Shoulder Room : in 56.1
Second Hip Room : in 51.7
Third Head Room : in 35.7
Third Leg Room : in 28.2
Third Shoulder Room : in 51.4
Third Hip Room : in 39.4

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 3505
Curb Weight – Front : lbs N/A
Curb Weight – Rear : lbs N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity : lbs N/A
Curb Weight : lbs N/A
Total Option Weight : lbs 0.00

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 1500
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 150
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. : lbs 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. : lbs 150
Maximum Trailering Capacity : lbs 1500

Engine

Engine Order Code :
Engine Type : Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement : 2.4 L/144
Fuel System : Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM : 166 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM : 162 @ 4200

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : 620
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : 130

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear : Multi-Link
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P225/55HR18
Rear Tire Size : P225/55HR18
Spare Tire Size : Compact

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 18 X 7
Rear Wheel Size : in 18 X 7
Spare Wheel Size : in Compact
Front Wheel Material : Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material : Steel

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 34.8
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 105.1
Length, Overall : in 184.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 71.3
Height, Overall : in 66.1
Track Width, Front : in 60.6
Track Width, Rear : in 60.6
Min Ground Clearance : in 8.5
Rear Door Opening Height : in N/A
Rear Door Opening Width : in N/A
Liftover Height : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 2.4L SOHC I4 MIVEC 16 Valve
Transmission: CVT
6.026 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 4,795 lbs
Transmission w/Oil Cooler
Electronic Transfer Case
Part And Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
70-Amp/Hr 620CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
130 Amp Alternator
1 Skid Plate
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
16.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Auto Locking Hubs
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
Cell Phone Pre-Wiring

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 18″ x 7″ Aluminum Alloy
Tires: P225/55R18
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Black Bumper Insert
Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Chrome Bodyside Insert, Rocker Panel Extensions and Black Wheel Well Trim
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Chrome Grille
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
LED Brakelights
Front Fog Lamps

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/MP3 Player -inc: 7.0″ Smartphone Link Display audio system w/Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual USB ports, Digital HD radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/3 month subscription, Hands-free Link System w/Bluetooth technology and steering wheel controls
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Single CD, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
Automatic Equalizer
Digital Signal Processor
Integrated Roof Antenna
6 Speakers

INTERIOR

Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat and seatback pocket
60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Cloth Door Trim Insert
Leather Gear Shift Knob
Fabric Seat Trim
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Digital/Analog Display
Seats w/Cloth Back Material
Includes Fold Flat
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera

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