2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
A seven-seater that takes it easy on both gas and your wallet.No Comments
...The six does gets going in a relatively snappy fashion without tossing your money into a shredder.
The largest vehicle in Mitsubishi's lineup starts at a hair under $28,000. That alone is impressive, but once you consider it seats seven and gets halfway-decent gas mileage while doing so, it's starting to look very attractive on paper. The good news is that it retains that attractiveness in a real-world setting. The bad news is that not everything translates over.
The 2014 Outlander is all-new for this model year, and we've got to say, every single generation has the Outlander looking better and better. Our tester was the GT model, which shoehorns a 3.0-liter V-6 underhood, in lieu of the standard 2.4-liter four-pot (although the smaller motor drops the price by nearly five grand). That's a good thing, considering acceleration isn't exactly a focal point of the Outlander, and the six does gets going in a relatively snappy fashion without tossing your money into a shredder.
Overall, for somebody who needs the third row of seating at a decent price point, the Outlander does come in cheaper than its rivals, including the Mazda CX-9 and Kia Sorento. It might not be as attractive as the former, or as large as the latter, but its low price helps it fit into a Goldilocks-like spot between its peers. That said, you do get what you pay for.
While the Rockford Fosgate stereo provides for some quality high-volume listening, getting your iPod attached and working can be an exercise in futility. Attempting to plug the iPod in prior to the start of the vehicle will cause it to register as being plugged in about half the time. If you try to plug it in on the move, sometimes it works right away, and other times you have to open your iDevice, click the iPod app, lock the screen, place it on the ground and dance around it in a clockwise fashion, then sacrifice a small woodland creature.
When opting for the GT Touring package, you're provided with a number of stopping-distraction-by-doing-your-job-for-you gizmos, including a Lane Departure Warning that automatically turns on with the car and consistently tells you you're veering out of your lane. Given that most of these systems are built for highway driving, and given that most people don't start their car on a freeway every morning, it should be something you have to turn on, rather than turn off.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Power Output: 224 hp / 215 lb-ft
Fuel Economy: 20 city / 28 highway
Base Price: $27,795
As Tested: $34,720 (incl. $825 destination charge)
Optional Features: GT Premium Package (Power glass moonroof, leather seating, Rockford Fosgate sound system, power remote tailgate); GT Touring Package (GT Premium Package plus navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision system, lane departure warning); Entertainment Package (Rear seat DVD player, remote control); Towing Package (Class 3 hitch, trailer wiring harness); Exterior Package (Rear spoiler, airdams, front styling element); All Weather Package (Remote engine start, all-weather floormats)