AUTO RECON: An Insider's Guide to New Cars & Trucks

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

​The Mitsubishi Outlander has long struggled to stand out in a market oversaturated with SUVs of every size and shape. The revamped-for-2017 Outlander, a three-row crossover that starts at a budget-friendly $23,495, is making consumers take notice. Who couldn’t use great gas mileage and lots of cargo space? Painted a cool silver metallic and featuring 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, our test model Outlander was good-looking and stylish. With a roof carrier plug-in, cargo utility hooks, and under-floor cargo space, the Outlander is ideal for your next road trip. Whether you’re jetting around town or driving cross country, the Outlander is a great fit for any lifestyle.

Under the hood:
Most Outlander models come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) designed to deliver good gas mileage from its 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. Our test model was rated at 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, both excellent numbers for a three-row crossover. The CVT has a bit of a rubber-band driving feel, but it’s not so glaring in people hauling SUVs like the Outlander, which are designed more for comfortably hauling kids and cargo than sporty handling on twisty roads.

For consumers who want a sportier driving experience, Mitsubishi offers the Outlander GT with a 3.0-liter V6 coupled with a six-speed automatic and paddle shifters. To expand the options even further, Mitsubishi added a four-wheel-drive system called All-Wheel Control (AWC), which allows the driver to select between driving modes to optimize traction.

What’s inside?
Open the door to comfort, and relax with heated front seats in the spacious interior. Seven seats wrapped in black leather ensure enough space for everyone. All seven passengers are able to enjoy their own music and connect to any device with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual USB charging ports are conveniently placed. Connect to the 710W Premium Rockford-Fosgate audio system via Bluetooth or USB, and jam out to your favorite artist. Convenience is key in the Outlander; if you can’t find your keys in your purse, or you have your hands full of groceries, FAST-key passive entry makes fumbling for your keys a thing of the past. Whether you are looking for space or convenience, the Outlander’s interior provides the best of both worlds.

MSRP (as tested): $32,390
Engine: 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder
Output: 166 horsepower
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
MPG: 24 city/29 highway/ 26 average

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