With the end of Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution process last year, the company’s Outlander GT became the de facto champion automobile traded by the three-diamond brand. The 2017 Outlander GT, however, is a genuinely acceptable crossover automobile. Being the formation between firm and mid-magnitude, the Outlander’s determining and its 105.1-inch spacing put it in the former collection, while the crossover’s quality third-line seat and 184.8-inch general length would seem to gathering its lot with the latter. Because of its third line, C/D classifies the Outlander as a mid-magnitude crossover, even though it would not even be the huge automobile in the firm-crossover part, where the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain sit on longer wheelbases and gathering large shades. And inside, the Outlander’s quality 50/50-split third-line seat’s 28.2 inches of legroom descend 3.2 inches abbreviated of what’s accessible in the firm Nissan Rogue’s elective third line. Merchandise space with all rooms lifted is markedly akin, with the Outlander’s 10 blockish feet barely advancing out the Rogue’s 9 cubes. Folding each automobile’s rearmost line also phenomenons in an inequality of 1 blockish foot, with the sunroof-supplied Outlander GT V-6 supplying 33 blockish feet of merchandise measure to the Rogue’s 32 blockish feet. Most people will prefer walking to being crammed into the Outlander’s incommodious third line, its being is worthy given the Mitsubishi’s $24,390 base value, which is $1560 less than the least high-price seven-passenger Rogue. That debased beginning value is for the base Outlander ES, there are also the SE, SEL, and GT.
Our try-out automobile was the latter trim, which starts at $32,590. While ES, SE, and SEL versions are induced by a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor joined to a sounding continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the GT is the unshared cut stage accessible with Mitsubishi’s 224-hp 3.0-liter V-6 motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, an option on four-cylinder Outlanders, is quality with the V-6 as well. Although 2017 base Outlanders supplied with all-wheel drive use a more run-of-the-mill equipment, the SE, SEL, and GT trims rely on Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel command (S-AWC) weaponry.
An easy version of the unit found in the now inoperative Lancer process, S-AWC is able to translation motor product between the front and rear shafts as well as left to right across the front shaft. This art is completed politeness of a coupler that engages and disengages drive to the rear differential and a front limited-slip differential. a progressive yaw-command system both feathers the brakes and lightly adjusts the electrically helped power steering to further command torque arrangement. A button find after of the gearshift bar can be touched to act one of four S-AWC drive methods, Eco, Snow, Lock And Normal.
S-AWC is an able all-wheel-drive system, and its aids kept the nose-heavy Outlander GT’s controlling behavior nearly objective through the firm turns on some of our beloved back anchorages. Sadly, the Outlander is a less than perfect tube for the performance ability of S-AWC, as, even in GT V-6 form, it’s softly moved and lacking in energy. And the Outlander’s dead steering passages little message about what the tires are up to. In malevolence of its comfort-oriented mixture equipment, our 3768-pound Outlander GT try-out automobile oversaw a collection-competitive 0.78 g around our skidpad, upgrading on the 100-pound-lighter four-cylinder Outlander SEL AWD, which moved just 0.74 g. (Both cars wore the same 225/55R-18 Toyo A24 all-season tires.)
The stopping performance of our V-6–energy GT try-out automobile also enhanced on the four-cylinder version, albeit only slightly, with a 179-foot stopping spacing from 70 mph, one foot acceptable than the SEL AWD. The Outlander’s inclination to database at every turn of the steering wheel and rock with each feeling of the restraint drive means that non-stative or stop-and-go steering is not the Outlander’s asset. Conversely, the Mitsubishi’s softly hung bodies delivers a supremely cozy drive at cruising accelerates, as street misbehaviors are immersed up with composure, while compartment sound is kept to a collection-competitive 69 decibels at 70 mph. However, the valve, and the coarse-grained V-6’s disturbance readily enters the compartment. At 76 decibels, the Outlander GT V-6 is 4 decibels big at wide-open valve than a Kia Sportage SX Turbo AWD. Mitsubishi’s bent-six is able to move the Outlander with commonsense skillfulness, at least off the formation. Zero to 60 mph takes just 7.6 seconds, and the quarter-mile arrives after 16 seconds at 89 mph, good its four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive equivalent by 1.7 and 1.3 seconds.
Unfortunately, the Outlander GT V-6 is disappointingly dazed once up to speed, as 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph passing times acted 4.3 and 6.0 seconds—sedate than a 175-hp four-cylinder 2016 Hyundai Tucson Eco AWD. The Outlander’s sedate six-speed automatic transmission, thankfully, it comes supplied with an unshapely set of column-mounted translation bats for manual rule.
Fuel economy is evaluated at a decent 20 mpg municipality and 27 mpg freeway, however, Mitsubishi asks that you provided this V-6 premium fuel. As part of a handful of retiring news for 2017, the Outlander’s compartment adds a brand-new area console with a covered cupholder position, an electrically initiated parking restraint on all-wheel-drive SE, SEL, and GT versions and a brand-new touchscreen information and entertainment system that’s accordant with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Regular on the SE, SEL, and GT, the unit’s 7.0-inch display is distinct and clear, but the little, slogged buttons make signals while steering a contest.
With a beginning value of $32,590, our air-conditioned Silver all-metal Outlander GT try-out automobile approached with an as-tested value of $34,090 due to the component of the $1500 GT Touring collection, which includes a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise command, lane-departure informing, forward-collision informing, automatic high-beams, and a 360-degree-view monitor.
For those in need of a third-line seat and a more administrable magnitude, but who still want a 200-plus-horsepower motor, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT V-6 carves out its own place in an increasingly crowded segment. Still, users who are collection with chairing for five will find more pleasure behind the wheel of dynamically ace oppositions such as the Mazda CX-5 or the Honda CR-V, while a large mid-magnitude crossover or automobile with a more cozy third line may acceptable suffice those genuinely in need of seven-passenger chairing.