2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

 
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
 
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
 

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

MSRP 
$24,045
Invoice 
$23,272
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 166 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Outlander is in a crowded field, up against best-sellers such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and the Subaru Forester. Against these, the Outlander offers a comparable exterior but manages to pack seating for more people inside.

Interior space and fuel efficiency are both big strengths. Mitsubishi also says that the Outlander is one of the most fuel-efficient utility vehicles offered in the North American market with standard 7-passenger seating (it's rated up to 31 mpg highway).

The Outlander can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which should be plenty for a small boat or a couple of jet skis. Ground clearance for the Outlander is 8.5 inches, which should give it an easier time with snow than some other crossovers.

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What's New For 2015

The Mitsubishi Outlander receives numerous small improvements for 2015. The interior has been spruced up with a leather wrapped steering wheel, a leather wrapped shift knob and some improved sound deadening. The outside of the Outlander features a new grill, new bumper trim and a bit more exterior chrome. Each trim level also receives its own improvements, contrasting stitching in the ES, new seating surfaces on the SE and a new 18-inch wheel design and LED taillights on the GT.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Unselected Includes: Remote Engine Start, All Weather Floormats (4) $575 $650
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Specifications for 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/CD/MP3 Player -inc: 140-watt, 6 speakers, equalization control and FUSE Handsfree Link system w/USB port
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Steel w/Full Covers
    • Tires: P215/70R16
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Black Bumper Insert
    • Rocker Panel Extensions and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Auto High-Beam Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Cloth Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Fold Flat
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Cloth Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 7 Person Seating Capacity
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.4L SOHC I4 MIVEC 16 Valve
    • Transmission: CVT
    • 6.466 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,795 lbs
    • Transmission w/Oil Cooler
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 70-Amp/Hr 620CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 130 Amp Alternator
    • 1 Skid Plate
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 16.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Cell Phone Pre-Wiring

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 63.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 34.2
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 10.3
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 620
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 166 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 162 @ 4200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 105.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 183.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 16.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 128.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.7
    • Third Head Room (in) - 35.7
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 28.2
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.6
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 39.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mitsubishi Outlander
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/70HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/70HR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 225
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.35 - 0.39
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 6.47
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3285
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Cool Silver Metallic Cosmic Blue Diamond White Pearl Labrador Black Pearl Mercury Gray Rally Red
  • Cool Silver Metallic
  • Cosmic Blue
  • Diamond White Pearl
  • Labrador Black Pearl
  • Mercury Gray
  • Rally Red

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Introduction

Outlander was all new and well received in 2014. For 2015, Outlander carries over unchanged.

Outlander seats seven, having a standard third-row seat, which thins out the mid-size competition to mostly the Kia Sorento, Nissan Rogue, whose third row is cramped, and Hyundai Santa Fe, which stretches its wheelbase for the optional third row.

If you need a 7-passenger crossover because you’ve got 5 kids and/or carry sports teams everywhere, and you need good fuel mileage, Outlander is the call. It gets five miles per gallon more than the Sorento, 27 mpg combined versus 22 mpg combined, in 2wd. What’s more, it has received the Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Its smooth lines bring a good 0.33 coefficient of drag, without roofrails which aren’t standard. The headlights are tidy, and the front fascia isn’t big and bland. The styling is smooth and clean but not exciting. It looks substantial for families.

The interior has a soft-touch instrument panel whose gauges are uncommonly simple, clean, and easy to read. The air conditioning is outstanding, with a quiet fan even on full blast. The whole cabin is exceptionally quiet. For the 2014 redesign, Mitsubishi said they spent thousands of hours on reducing wind noise.

There is a fold-flat 60/40 second row and 50/50 third row. Access to the thin third row of seats is okay but not magic. There’s more knee room in the Outlander third row than the Nissan Rogue we tested.

The new 2.4-liter engine is single overhead-cam. It used to be double overhead cam, for higher performance; but today it’s all about efficiency. It uses electronic valve timing which Mitsubishi calls MIVEC (the i is for innovative, not intelligent like the others). It makes 166 horsepower and 162 foot-pounds of torque at 4200 rpm. The numbers aren’t big, but the power is good.

It’s smooth enough to maybe make you forget about needing a V6, on the freeway at 80 mph. For one week in Southern California it ran the freeway fast lane just fine. Later, on a short road trip, it was smooth plus effortless. Its CVT kicked down for the long gradual uphills, invisibly. This CVT feels like an automatic transmission. Mitsubishi raises the bar a notch in continuously variable transaxle technology, after seven years of development.

The base Outlander ES comes with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. The Mitsubishi system is ironclad, with many world rally victories to prove it. We’re pretty damn good at all-wheel-drive systems, a Mitsubishi engineer said at the Outlander launch. We’ve been doing it for 30 or 40 years.

They call it Super All-Wheel Control, or S-AWC, with the Super meaning torque vectoring (shifting the power between the front wheels as needed for grip) to further improve control during cornering. S-AWC is available down to the four-cylinder SE model. It has four driving modes: ECO, Normal, Snow and Lock, which gives the most drive to the rear wheels.

Mitsubishi calls its body shell Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE). There are energy absorbing sections in key areas of the body and chassis, including under the floor of the passenger compartment.

The 3.0-liter V6, also new in 2014, gets you there more powerfully if not necessarily faster on account of speed limits, and it will tow another ton (3500 pounds vs. 1500 pounds), if you have a boat to take on the lake with your five kids. The V6 is mated to a sweet 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It comes standard in the all-wheel-drive GT model.

With either engine, the Outlander is classified as a low emissions vehicle.

Lineup

There are three models of Outlander: ES, SE and GT.

The base ES ($23,195) comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT, and two-wheel drive. It’s equipped with power windows and locks, automatic climate control, 2nd row heating, anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, halogen headlamps, tilt telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, remote entry, hill start assist, speed-sensitive wipers, tinted glass, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system.

The SE ($24,195) adds a lot. There’s a 6.1-inch touch-screen display system, rearview camera, digital HD Radio, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, front dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, passive entry system with push-button ignition switch, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 140-Watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and Mitsubishi’s FUSE Hands-Free Link System with USB that allows voice command of iPod and cell phone. All-wheel drive is available with the SE for another $2000.

The Outlander GT ($28,195) uses the 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6 with 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It adds HID headlights satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers, and wood grain interior trim.

There are many available packages and accessories, from navigation ($2375) and entertainment ($1695), to a wind deflector ($200) and piano black trim ($320) with blue LED lighting ($360).

The Premium Package ($2600 on SE and GT) adds black roofrails, leather interior, power glass sunroof, power driver’s seat, power remote tailgate, and 9-speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with surround sound and Dolby volume.

The Touring Package ($6100) adds a 7-inch touch panel navigation system with real-time traffic, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system, and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

Standard safety features on all Outlanders include seven airbags, stability control with traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution (EBD); hill start assist, and tire pressure monitor.

Other refinements and standard additions include micron air filtering, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with cruise control and audio controls, remote keyless entry, security system with engine immobilizer, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, intermittent rear wiper with washer, and halogen headlights.

Walkaround

The styling might be referred to as classic. Mitsubishi calls it an urbane design with mainstream appeal. It’s clean but not memorable or eye-catching. Bulges on the hood are way modest. The lines slope forward, following a well-defined crease above the door handles that carries back to the tops of the silvery taillights. But it’s no contemporary wedge, like the Hyundai Santa Fe tries more to be.

Our GT model was especially clean, with understated body-colored door handles and mirrors, modest matt-black cladding at the fenders and rockers, and chrome under and behind the side windows, but not surrounding them; Less is more, as Mitsubishi says to describe this design. Less black cladding on other models (no flares) looks more … elegant. The big non-elegant shark nose went away in 2014. It was a bit much … but we miss it. This Outlander is a bit not enough.

The grille is two horizontal bars, black with a big black air intake under the bumper. The GT wheels are handsome, black-and-bare alloy 10-spokes that look something like gingerbread men with Mitsubishi logos at their core.

Interior

It’s really, really quiet inside the Outlander. It’s so quiet that you could hear the tires singing, on the 2014 model. Mitsubishi addressed this with less noisy tires in 2015.

Two more features that get raves from us are the clean design and simplicity of the instrument panel, which is perfectly intuitive to read and to use. Especially the climate control, and that’s another rave: fabulous air conditioning. We ran errands with many stops on a 101-degree day, it was there for us every time, almost instantly. Our next test car was a 2015 Honda Accord, and it was not nearly as good as the Outlander. Plus, the Outlander fan is silent, even at high speed. We wonder why cars that are way more expensive can’t always offer powerful air conditioning with quiet fans.

Another nice touch is that the front seats elevate way up there, without creating any problems with headroom, and that view through the windshield makes the car feel smaller. Nice useful armrests for the driver. The bolstering in the seats could be tighter, but maybe not for Outlanders. However because the GT has need paddle shifters that invite play, when you do play you’ll probably wish for more bolstering. The padding under the standard fabric seats feels a just a touch on the firm side, while the GT’s perforated leather seats are sweet.

The 50/50 rear seats have less padding than the fronts. They tilt and slide forward to allow access to the 50/50 third row, which has less padding than the second row; and both rows can fold flat to make a big cargo space, with some effort. There’s 37.3 inches of legroom in the second row, and 28.2 inches in the knees-up third row, numbers which can give and take from each other as the second row slides forward. We’d say the third row is fine for kids age 6 or younger; it has cupholders but no storage cubbies, and a small window about the size of an airplane porthole.

The Sorento has more third-row legroom, while the Toyota RAV4, which doesn’t even have a third row, has the same legroom as the Outlander in the second row.

As for cargo space, there’s 10.3 cubic feet behind the third row, smaller than a sedan trunk; 34.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and 63.3 cubic feet behind the front seat. The Sorento, Honda CR-V and RAV4 all blow the Outlander out of the water, in cargo space behind the front seat (72.5, 70.9, 73.4 respectively), and we’re at a loss to explain why, because the Outlander and Sorento are about the same length, four and five inches longer than the 5-seat CR-V and RAV4. However, the Outlander posts its numbers as SAE cargo capacity, and the others might not adhere to the same standards. We wish every manufacturer would measure the same, for the sake of the consumer.

We suggest avoiding the $6100 Touring Package. All our interior criticisms are on those features, namely the touch screen, navigation system, and driver assistance with things like LDW (lane departure warning) and adaptive cruise control. We were happy in the four-cylinder SE with the standard instrument panel, which gave us everything we needed without attitude.

Especially that Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. We have tested adaptive cruise controls that are so sophisticated you don’t even know they’re there, but the Outlander will slam on the brakes to maintain the distance you set; what’s more, when you override it, it keeps overriding you back, which puts you in the dangerous position of having to accelerate to free the brakes, when what you want to do is slow down. So of course you turn it off.

Same with Lane Departure Warning, whose default position is On, not Off (to be there when you need it and want it), for legal reasons no doubt. Every day near home we cross a very narrow steel bridge with steel guard rails on each side. We defy anyone to get across this bridge without LDW going off; heck, half the time the Blind Spot Warnings go off because the systems think the posts are cars. Continual beeps from warnings are distracting when you’re trying to concentrate. Turning it off is double distracting, because the button is down by the driver’s left knee and he/she has to take their eyes off the road to find it. So that’s how we found ourselves on this narrow bridge, driving while trying to find a button at the bottom of the dash under the steering wheel.

As for FCM, Forward Collision Mitigation, it was just plain hysterical. On the freeway, 100 yards away from a fixed object, it goes off like a very bad passenger: LOOKOUT! LOOKOUT! LOOKOUT! At 15 mph in stop-and-go redlight traffic, it’s impossible. It won’t let you get within about 30 feet of the car in front of you, without all the alarms and beeps going off.

Using the touch screen is problematic. Like so many other cars, it’s not easy to tune the satellite radio. In fact, at the launch for the redesign, we asked a product manager to perform the function we wanted, and after 12 touches he still hadn’t gotten there.

We couldn’t get all the functions we wanted on the display screen at the same time, because we couldn’t get things we didn’t want off it (not to say it isn’t possible). The screen gets very busy, with its history and eco score and other games. We wanted to watch fuel mileage and range, while listening to the radio and following the navigation, but had to call for help to get that set.

Speaking of navigation, it failed us. Voice command, like all of them, is a joke. The systems do not have smart ears. Once navigation is programmed, it doesn’t mean it’ll get you there. In downtown San Diego, it took 18 minutes to get 2 minutes away from the hotel. The directional arrows don’t give you enough warning time. We could go on.

Access to the third row on the passenger side will require the front-seat passenger to slide forward so the second-row 60-side seatback can be dropped enough to slide the seat forward.

Making cargo area is four pages in the manual, including all the warnings and cautions; it tells you as many things not to do as to do. Yes, we had to refer to the manual to drop the seats, which tells you something. Step one is remove headrests and stow them in the small luggage compartment underneath the floor of the cargo area in back. With the third-row headrests removed, the rear visibility is excellent.

Driving Impressions

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to the new CVT is extremely quiet and super smooth; we revved it to 6000 rpm redline, and could barely hear it. It’s quick enough, and will keep up with 80-mph traffic even in ECO mode. It works a bit to get there, but not a lot, unless it’s in ECO mode. So it’s NORMAL mode for accelerating, Eco mode for maintaining. We got 24.7 mpg at 75 mph in Eco mode. At a steady 70, the instant mpg jumps from 20 mpg to 30 mpg when you switch from Normal to Eco.

Around town, the 162 foot-pounds of torque wasn’t there below 2000 rpm, so that’s the only place the engine isn’t strong. The torque hits that peak at 4200 rpm, but around town you’re at way less than that.

Here’s how the S-AWC all-wheel-drive system works: in Eco mode, up to 20 percent of the drive will go to the rear wheels if needed for traction; in Normal mode up to 50 percent; in Snow it stays off the throttle; and in Locked it’s mostly 50/50 but can to go 30/70.

Meanwhile, power and braking will shift between the left and front wheels in corners, to better rotate the car. More drive to the outside wheel, less drive (braking) on the inside, and presto: the car turns quicker and more precisely.

Torque vectoring happens when you push it. You can feel a quick vibration in the wheel, like a split-second of abs.

The CVT uses what Mitsubishi calls ratio management control, to feel like an automatic transmission. You’ll never notice it. That’s what engineers have been striving seven years for, as soon as it became clear that drivers would not get used to that CVT rpm stretch. It’s the new standard.

Between the quiet engine and smooth CVT, we couldn’t feel the ratio changes. We watched the tach, and could see it changing by a few hundred rpm, but could hear or feel nothing.

It was almost the same with the sweet 6-speed automatic transmission that’s mated to the V6 engine; with a steady throttle in 6th gear, we paddle-shifted down to 5th, and then 4th, and could barely feel it.  Sixth gear is tall, for fuel mileage. Fuel mileage is rated at a combined 23 mpg. We averaged 21.3 mpg during one week in the car.

The V6 in the Outlander GT is a single-overhead-cam 3.0 liter in its second year. It makes 224 horsepower and 215 foot-pounds at 3750 rpm. When you put your foot down, it feels rocket-ship fast and is super smooth. Around town, the engine feels less smooth but that’s only in comparison to how smooth it is at speed.

The handling of the GT is tight and quick, and the ride is steady and solid. We were impressed. The handling of the SE, with front-wheel-drive and the four-cylinder engine, was lighter and more nimble, but less quick, especially around town. The suspension delivered more jounce, but still wasn’t bad. We drove a 2WD SE for about 10 miles on gravel roads, much of it washboard, and the ride was smooth as can be.

Summary

The standard 4-cylinder engine is smooth and fast enough, and its CVT is impressively invisible; it gets top fuel mileage among 7-seat vehicles, plus its price is lowest. The styling is clean and contemporary if not exciting. The interior is clean, and the handling and ride pass every test for a midsize family crossover.

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Sales Tax: Your local sales tax rate %
Interest Rate: The estimated interest rate on the loan %
Term: The length of the loan (in months). Longer Terms allow for lower monthly payments.
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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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