A week with the new Mitsubishi Outlander at the beach is a good week. The standard third row option is a great option with kids, however if you do not need the extra row, the cargo space will come in handy for luggage (and groceries, see pic below). And speaking of luggage, with folded seats, the Outlander has more cargo space than other rivals in its class. The cabin is well designed with interior cubbies as well. Cupholders can be found in doors and in the center console. The interior is not extravagant, but economical.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is available in five trim levels: ES, SP, SE, BE and GT.
Standard ES features: LED lights, heated mirrors, rearview camera, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear setbacks, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a four-speaker audio system including a USB port, and 18-inch alloy wheels. There are some upgrades available with the ES Convenience package.
All Outlanders come standard with front-wheel drive, with All-wheel drive being optional. All also come with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The first four trims are all directed with a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine with 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. The GT trim has the stronger 2.4-liter four cylinder engine with 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque.
The SP package adds the Convenience package and the option of a spoiler and blacked-out grille.
Moving up to the SE trim, enjoy automatic headlights, foglight, proximity entry and push-button start, along with the richness of a leather wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system.
The BE trim stands for ‘Black Edition.’ I absolutely love this trim with the blacked-out painted wheels and blacked-out exterior details. This trim is similarly equipped to the ES trim plus the added Convenience package.
Last but not least, the GT trim offers features of the SE with upgrades to the upholstery, plus the more energetic engine.
The Texas coast, Aransas Pass specifically, is about 5.5 hours from the Dallas area so we had a good amount of time to test out the fuel economy. I need to mention that while it does not have the most impressive fuel efficiency in its segment, it does have the only Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). We received 22 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway for a combined total of 24 mpg.
The Mitsubishi Outlander does have a number of safety features. Key features include: Forward collision mitigation, which is able to detect an imminent collision ahead, warning the driver and automatically applying the brakes. Auto High-Beam Headlights, which switch between low and high beams according to oncoming traffic. Lane Departure Warning, which monitors the vehicle’s lane positioning, offering the driver a warning if the vehicle unintentionally leaves the lane.
The Outlander is a great choice for families looking for functionality in a vehicle, economical on your bank account and one of the most impressive warranty available.