• 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Test Drive: A Redesigned and Reengineered Compact SUV



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    Mitsubishi’s advertising tagline is “Find Your Own Lane” and the Japanese automaker seems to have done just that with their 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT model and the rest of the lineup.
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    Mitsubishi has dropped several once popular vehicles from their inventory and has devoted their primary focus on maintaining a competitive position with the Outlander, of which there will be four specific models, ranging from the Outlander ES 2WD to the Outlander GT S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control). In between will be the Outlander SE 2WD and S-AWC, and Outlander SEL 2WD and S-AWC. Note that the two middle trims are available in either 2WD or S-AWC, while the GT trim comes only in S-AWC, and the ES trim is only available in 2WD.
    All Outlanders fall into the premium compact SUV category, and the 2017 stable of Outlanders are elevated to a higher level of sophistication, with better quality, improved driving dynamicism, technological advancements and more efficient operation. This latest iteration Mitsubishi Outlander comes with, LED Headlamps and Position Lamps, fascia with skid plate styling. The sheet metal from the windshield forward forms what Mitsubishi refers to as a “Dynamic Shield”. There’s also LED Tail Lamps, and power folding sideview mirrors.
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    Interior features include: a knit headliner and pillars, contrast stitching on the instrument cluster cover and cloth seat contrast seat stitching, a chrome logo, cloth sat fabric and additional center console padding. There’s also an auto headrest fold function, along with an auto flip-up seat cushion. Last year, there are more than 100 improvements and enhancements in the Outlander, with third row seating becoming standard for all models.
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    Motive force for the 2017 Outlander GT comes from a 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine with continuous variable valve lift system that produces 224 horsepower at 6,250 rpm along with 215 pound feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. A 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder provides power for 2WD (front) ES, SE and SEL trims as well as S-AWC equipped SE and SEL trims. The ES trim offers AWC as opposed to S –(Super) Acute 3.0-liter V6 is coupled to a 6-speed Sportronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All 4-cylinder powered Outlanders deliver their energy to the driving wheels via a CVT transmission. The S-AWC provides four operational modes for optimization of driving efficiency: AWC ECO, Normal, Snow and Lock.

    In addition to trim levels, there are also available option packages that provide extra features. There’s a Sunroof Package; an SEL Premium Package; an SEL Touring Package; and a GT Touring Package. Port Options offered include: a Cargo Mat Package; an Interior Package, an Exterior Package; a Protection Package; a Cargo Tray Package; an Entertainment Package; an All Weather Package; a Towing Package; a Wind Deflector Package; a Park Assist Sensor Package; a Blue LED Illumination Package; and a host of individual accessory options.
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    During the national introduction and media drive, I was able to pilot both powertrain versions, but spent the most time in the 3.0-liter V6 powered Outlander in GT trim. I later tested the Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC on my home turf with a base price of $31,695., while the price as tested with the GT Touring Package and Destination and Handling charge totaled $34,090. The exterior sported a Quartz Brown metallic finish, while the interior was executed in Beige and Charcoal tones highlighted by gloss striated and metallic trim accents.
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    SUMMARY: The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, is unquestionably a visually appealing and sporty crossover SUV, adding new state-of-the-art technological features fro added comfort, convenience and security. My GT version featured an impressive list of standard features and equipment, with more than enough power to accomplish virtually any assigned task, delivering plenty of zip off the line. Shifting gears could be accomplished automatically or via the magnesium steering wheel mounted paddles. The S-AWS elevates the level of driver control along with Hill Start Assist. The system utilizes a first-in-class Active Front Differential and an electronically controlled center differential system. Driving force is directed intelligently from front to rear and left to right to the front wheels.
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    The Mitsubishi Outlander GT manages to blend pleasing driving dynamics with contemporary visual appeal, functionality and versatility. It’s not only comfortable, but agile as well. The S-AWC version may be operated “on-the-fly” via a simple control knob. Seating up front is infinitely adjustable for optimum driving comfort. Ride quality is comfortable and the 710-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system features digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and nine speakers, including an enclosed 10-inch subwoofer. The folding and reconfiguration of seating is simplified for optimum user friendliness.

    Fortunately, the Outlander is attainable for a wide range of consumers thanks to its broad price range and various trim choices across the model lineup. The optional equipment packages are also reasonably priced, allowing consumers to personally equip their selected Outlander model to best fulfill their requirements and desires.

    The 3.0-liter V6 is obviously superior to the 2.4-liter four-banger in terms of performance output, and the conventional 6-speed Sportronic automatic with paddle shifters is more fun to drive than the CVT. Should you happen to be in the market for a more compact crossover, the smaller Outlander Sport may likely prove to be more to your liking.

    SPECIFICATIONS: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

    Base Price: $30,995.
    Price as Tested: $35,195.

    Engine Type and Size: 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC, 24-valve, V6 with continuous variable valve lift system.

    Horsepower (bhp): 224 @ 6,250 rpm
    Torque (ft./ lbs.): 215 @ 3,750 rpm

    Transmission: Six-speed Sportronic® automatic with paddle shifters.

    Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine / Super All-Wheel Control.

    Suspension: Front – MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar.
    Rear – Multi-link with stabilizer bar.

    Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with 4-channel, four sensor ABS, EBD, BA, HAS, ASC and TCL.

    Tires: Toyo 225/55 R18 mounted on 5-”V”-spoke with 5 single separator alloy wheels.

    Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
    Length Overall: 184.8 inches
    Width: 71.3 inches
    Height: 66.1 inches
    Curb Weight: 3,593 lbs.
    Turning Circle: 34.8 ft.
    Fuel Capacity: 15.8 gallons
    EPA Mileage Estimates: 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway
    Drag Coefficient: Not listed.
    0 – 60 mph: Not tested.

    • Styling – 4.5 Stars
    • Performance – 4.5 Stars
    • Ride and Handling – 4.5 Stars
    • Utility – 5-Stars
    • Comfort and Convenience – 5 Stars
    • Economy – 4.5 Stars
    • Value and Competition – 5 Stars

    Summary: 4.71 Stars

    The Range Rover Evoque Convertible HSE Dynamic is ideal as a compact and off-road capable luxury SUV for those who also enjoy communing with nature.


    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring journalist and member and past officer of several noted automotive journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.

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