The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC is one sporty crossover. The Outlander is a stylish, compact, seven passengers SUV. Available in three trim levels: ES, SE and GT, the Outlander GT S-AWC that I drove has 230-hp 3.0-liter V6 and though it has manual sportronic paddle shifter capability, helping to accelerate on hills, I primarily relied on the traditional six-speed automatic.
All trims are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The GT package gets automatic wipers, automatic xenon headlights, automatic climate control as well as an upgraded interior, including a leather wrapped steering wheel, 710 Watt Rockford Fosgate® punch premium sound system with nine speakers including 10-inch subwoofer, a power glass sunroof, power driver’s seat, auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated front seats, a rear camera system and a navigation system with real time traffic feeds.
Mitsubishi should be praised for Outlander’s family friendly design. The first and second row seating is comfortable and provides ample leg-room. The third row is always handy for extra passengers but do not expect as much leg-room, making it the absolute last place that you would want to sit, especially for an extended period. The third row is completely stowable and compact though, providing plenty of cargo space. Mitsubishi is well aware of what is lacking in the third row seating and will be redesigning this feature in the 2014 model. I might also mention the second row seating has recline/sliding functions for extra comfort as well as a center armrest with cup holders.
Many other comfort features include automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel, variable intermittent wipers, rain sensing wipers on the GT, power windows and side view mirrors, hands free link system with USB port, automatic on/off headlamps, heated front seats, steering wheel mounted cruise control and audio will all spoil your inner gadget goddess, not to mention the AM/FM 6 CD/MP3 in dash audio head unit with 6 speakers for ‘rocking out’ at red lights.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander offers you more than a decent quality ride they also designed it for your safety, with dual front airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, hill start assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, latch system for child seats, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm system and a fast key entry with panic alarm. The reverse camera is optional on the GT but is well worth the extra splurge!
One will also appreciate that the Outlander GT also includes aluminum pedals, automatic xenon headlights, 18 inch alloy wheels, aluminum roof panel, service reminder system, eco driver indicator light, an easy to read full color multi-information display and my personal favorite…. A unique flap folding tailgate. I have not come across many SUV’s that have the folding tailgate, but found it extremely handy when loading heavy items or on a family outing at our local drive-in theater.
As for driving impressions, the Outlander has low road noise on the highway unless you are driving into a very strong headwind. I found my inner Danica Patrick at times was screaming to go faster on take-off but while the Outlander is a fun ride, even a sporty ride, it probably won’t win you many races.
The ride is a fairly smooth one though and is well controlled and responsive. I was impressed with the gas mileage on everyday use; it actually earned more than the advertised 19 mpg in the city. Fuel economy is 25 mpg on the highway and I found that to be perfectly accurate.
The Outlander S-AWC (“Super All Wheel Control) is available on the GT model and includes a dial that is mounted on the console with three selector modes: snow, tarmac, and 50/50 lock.
For storage, the Outlander leaves no space unused. There were numerous areas for storage including the large dual glove box which is illuminated, an armrest that has a convenient tray for storing smaller items such as a cell phone, plus a larger compartment for storing CDs. The front and rear doors each have a built in bottle holder for 16-oz water bottles, center console has two cup holders as well as a slide out cup holder under the air vents on each side of the dash.
Overall, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is a versatile and sporty ride. It has great looks, gets great gas mileage all for a great value. The base price begins at $22,695 while the GT S-AWC model can be purchased for $28,595 with optional equipment an additional $4500.00. The Mitsubishi brand does not disappoint, what you see is what you get…..and with the Outlander, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
by Tabatha Moran Chovanetz