A Complete Review of the 2017 Outlander

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is an exciting vehicle and one that many buyers are going to be considering picking up for a few key reasons. It’s roomier than expected, drives like a sedan and offers enough space for even large families. In short, it has a lot more to offer than it first appears.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Driving Mechanics

On paper it’s easy not to expect much out of Mitsubishi’s latest Outlander, but in the real world it’s pretty darned impressive. It’s peppy and can be even a bit touchy from a standstill. This car has speed and will make you feel like you’re driving something smaller than you are, and that’s a good thing. The 2017 Outlander is a fun ride, even if it isn’t the fastest vehicle out on the road.

You won’t expect much out of the 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine, but the all-wheel drive grip helps make the most of that 166 HP and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s capable and something that you’ll enjoy driving in.

Flashy on the Outside Simple Within

The Mitsubishi Outlander features several flashy design features like a chrome grille, a fin antenna, and nice shiny wheels, but when you climb inside it looks more neutral and laid-back. The cabin is nice and clean with few buttons around. Sure there is a brand-new infotainment system for you to play with, but it’s pretty straightforward and one of the only control panels you’ll have to deal with. There are just a few buttons here and there throughout the cabin, making it a good option for owners that like to keep things nice and clean. The faux wood accents throughout help to give it more of a premium vibe as well.

Pretty Efficient

When you buy a 3-row SUV you likely aren’t expecting fuel efficient performance, but the Outlander surprises in this regard as well. When you’re out on the highway you can expect figures in the upper 20’s with a peak rating of 29 MPG. In the city it dips down to 24 MPG, but that’s still pretty decent for a vehicle of this size. If you’re willing to switch to the front-wheel drive variation, you’ll see a jump up to 27 MPG combined instead of 26, but you’ll probably also notice a dip in speed and traction, so it’s hard to say if that’s worth the mild improvement.

Plenty of Available Features

The Outlander doesn’t come packed with tech as standard, but if you want to load it up with features, that’s pretty easy to do. There are plenty of available options to choose from, and you can create some exciting combinations.

There are premium safety features like the blind spot assist system and an advanced camera setup that uses multiple cameras. There’s also a dual-zone climate control option and heated seats and a steering wheel to make winter driving a bit more comfortable and enjoyable.

Roomy for a Compact

The 2017 Outlander is still considered a compact crossover even though you can add another row of seating to bump it up to three rows overall. The crossover offers 128.2 cubic feet overall, enough to store plenty of camping gear, a month’s worth of groceries or just about anything else. This vehicle even works pretty well for hauling furniture most of the time.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a Top Safety Pick Plus for Good Reason

Safety is a big deal when it comes to SUVs and crossovers. That’s why most families tend to pick out the vehicles that are named the safest in their respective categories. According to the IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) one of the top picks in 2017 is likely to be the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, because the vehicle received the Top Safety Pick+ designation for the fourth year in a row.

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What does Top Safety Pick+ Mean?

When the IIHS tests out vehicles they get one of two designations if they are deemed leaders in safety. They can either be named Top Safety Picks, which is a good rating, or they can be named Top Safety Pick+ models, which is like an excellent designation.

For the Outlander to receive the highest designation for four years in a row, that really says something positive about the crossover that’s chosen regularly by families around the country. That means that the car was able to earn top marks in five different crash tests that all try out different aspects of the vehicle to make sure it excels at preventing accidents and holding up when they do occur.

Noteworthy Safety Features

The 2o17 Mitsubishi Outlander is known for being built with a durable shell that holds up well in crashes, but it comes with several other noteworthy safety features as well, especially if you spring for one of the higher-end safety models.

The SUV comes equipped with a anti-lock brakes as well as an electronic brake-force distribution system that helps ensure that braking is smooth and reliable during intense stopping. The crossover comes with hill-start assist to prevent backward rolling, and it features active stability control and traction control logic to keep it stable in less than ideal driving conditions.

Finally the Outlander comes with a bunch of crash mitigation systems if you’re willing to pick up the SEL model. It features a lane departure system and pedestrian detection system that help you remain aware of your surroundings. The car also comes with a forward collision mitigation system that can reduce forward impacts or prevent them entirely even when you don’t notice that car slow down up ahead.

Overall the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the safest crossovers out on the road today. It’s a good solid option if you are looking for a vehicle to keep your family safe in a range of driving conditions. It also happens to be a good value and pretty nice to look at, making it a solid all-around vehicle for most families.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander Continues to be a Cutting Edge Crossover

Mitsubishi is known for quite a few quality vehicles to date, but there is one that stands out above all the rest, the Outlander. The Outlander is responsible for more than 1.5 million sales over its 3 generations, and it’s clearly the favorite among all the Mitsubishi offerings to date. There’s a few reasons for that, but the main one is that Mitsubishi continues to innovate with the crossover, and it offers all the right features in America’s most popular segment at the moment.

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The First Outlander

The very first Outlander stood out because it was dubbed a “crossover”. It’s essentially the first compact sport utility vehicle that was called a crossover and could even be considered the founder of the crossover term. This vehicle stood out in a fledgling segment and really turned heads. It was known as an Active Sport concept vehicle from the very beginning, and drivers looking for a rugged, sporty vehicle that’s still compact enough to be practical, were more than happy to hop behind the wheel of the first Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2nd Outlander

When the 2nd Outlander was released it kept that crossover heritage and aggressive tendencies, but it did so on a global architecture platform known as the Project Global C/D. It was a platform project supported by a range of auto manufacturers, which helped Mitsubishi come up with an even better base for the Outlander and to save some money doing it. All the new features and improvements offered by this global architecture helped to push the crossover to new heights of popularity.

The 3rd Outlander

We’re in the third generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander and it’s going just as strong as the original. This model is gaining in popularity because of the plug-in hybrid electric variant that’s set to be offered. It’s not going to be the first crossover to come with a plug and a hybrid setup, but it will be one of the most sporty options. It’s designed for buyers that want to cut down on fuel consumption and do something good for the environment, while still enjoying a sporty and fun driving experience.

Mitsubishi is pushing green technology just like many other top automakers today, but the Outlander continues to stand out amongst all the other crossovers, thanks to careful design decisions and features added to the vehicle to appeal to all the Mitsubishi fans out there.