My first experience with Mitsubishi was driving my Dad’s Montero sport, he loved that truck and I have fond memories riding around with him. So when I was approached to test drive the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, I couldn’t resist. After driving this vehicle for a week, I hate to admit it but it was hard to give it back. First and foremost, the Mitsubishi Outlander is lighter and economical easier to manage compared to an SUV. It seats five people comfortably but can accommodate seven.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Taking a Test Drive
We took the 2014 Outlander GT for a test drive during thanksgiving weekend. I was impressed with how smooth it rides. The Outlander GT comes with 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 engine which produces 224-horsepower. The engine responded in all four driving modes: ECO, Normal, Snow and Lock. It has an average gas consumption of 23 miles per gallon. The meter displayed fuel level and average fuel consumption It has a push-button start, a power-glass sunroof with tilt and slide option. I had a chance to drive it on a snowy day, the traction was good, and steering was responsive. The interior was comfortable and with two kids in booster seats, they had enough leg room to sit and play comfortably. I don’t think the third row provide enough leg room for two adults to sit comfortable. However, it provided amble cargo space to transport our thanksgiving groceries and some sporting goods.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a few impressive safety features, Lane Departure Warning system, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control . These three were hands down my favorite safety features in the Outlander GT. The lane departure warming system, beeps when it detects that you’re leaving the lane unintentionally or abruptly, i.e without signalling. The Forward Collision Mitigation helps keep a safe following distance and it beeps and caution to apply brake when you’re getting too close to the vehicle in front. The Adaptive Cruise Control system helps maintain a preset following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the speed changes, the system will adjust accordingly.
In addition, it had a backup rear-view camera with park assist system that alerts as you as approach things behind you. The Mitsubishi Outlander GT comes standard with seven airbags, including front-seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbags, and dual stage front airbags. Plus it has FUSE Hands-free Link System so you can access your phone and media players with the sound of your voice that way you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel. Driving around town with two kids, safety is of utmost importance and having these extra safety precautions help give us a peace of mine when choosing a vehicle to shuttle our precious cargo.
From the soft leather seat to the wood grain accents the 2014 Outlander GT comes with an 8.1 inch high resolution touch-screen display, heated front seats, pull down rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and wood-grain appearance trim panel. The Navigation system was easy to set up and the backup camera made pulling out of the driveway a breeze.
Pricing for the GT starts at $27,795 and goes up to around $35,000 depending on the upgrades. All in all, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT looks like a great and dependable option for a family with small kids. The friendly pricing, top notch safety features and gas mileage makes it economically attractive.