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.