What’s New for 2017
The Outlander had a major redesign last year. This year, the changes are much less dramatic. Some of the previous options have now become standard for all models. This includes the rear-view camera and large touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available choices. A 360 degree camera system is another great option for this year.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander – The Pros
1. Numerous Safety Features
The Mitsubishi Outlander comes equipped with seven airbags on the standard model. Antilock brakes and a rear-view camera are also standard features. Mitsubishi also has its Active Stability Control and Traction Control Systems onboard for the Outlander. You can also choose to have a lane-departure warning, tire-pressure monitoring system and 360 degree camera. These are just a few of the high-tech safety features available.
2. Three-Row Seating
Three rows allow you to pack the Outlander full of passengers. The seating capacity is seven, but it is worth noting that the third row is small. It is best suited for children. There is plenty of room for a family or a carload of friends.
3. A Good Amount Of Standard Features
Adding features can quickly add up to a higher-costing vehicle. Thankfully, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a good amount of standard features on the base model. Dual-zone automatic climate control, 18 in. alloy wheels, and 6-speaker sound system are all included. Bluetooth connectivity, a CD player and USB ports are also standard features.
4. Good Fuel Efficiency
The 4-cylinder engine gets a nice rating of 25 mpg during city driving and 31 mpg on the highway. This gives it a combined EPA, fuel-economy rating of 27 mpg. While the numbers aren't record breaking, they are good for a 7-passenger SUV in this class.
5. World-Class Warranty From Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi provides one of the best warranties in the business. It provides protection for 10 years or 100,000 miles against powertrain issues. There is also a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty that can be transferred to the next owner. It is also warranties against corrosion for 7 years and 100,000 miles.
6. Very Quiet Cab
The windshield of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is made of acoustic glass with sound-dampening properties. All of the internal body panels have been streamlined to cut down on wind noise. Dampers have also been added to the rear differential and suspension cross members. This all leads up to a very quiet ride.
7. Minimalist Interior Design
The interior design is simple, but attractive. Mitsubishi has taken a minimalist approach her. The style is well suited for a family-hauler vehicle. The layout provides nice room. The dash design is laid out well and the controls are where you would want everything to be. This all gives the interior a clean look.
8. Eco Drive Support System
Environmentally-minded drivers may want to use the ECO mode. Once engaged, this mode helps you to drive in a more environment-friendly way. A slight reduction in engine power leads to less emissions of carbon dioxide. Fuel economy is a bit better in this mode as well. If your Outlander has Super All-Wheel Control, then sensors will make it operate as a 2WD vehicle until they deem it necessary for AWD.
9. Mitsubishi's Multi-Communications System
This system provides the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander with a state-of-the-art navigation system. The system has advanced navigation, a speed limit display and local point-of-interest information. All info is available on the 7 in., high-definition touch panel.
10. Fast Key Passive Entry System
This system makes vehicle entry fast and easy. As long as the keys are with you, you can enter by pressing a button on either door or on the trunk. You can even start the engine via push-button with this option added to your Outlander.
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Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander – The Cons
1. The Base Engine Lacks Power
The standard engine is a 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder. The engine puts out 166 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. While this engine gets good gas mileage, it can be a bit sluggish. This is especially noticeable when the vehicle is filled with seven passengers. Since the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander was designed for carrying families, the sluggish engine may be a put off for some. Fortunately, there is the option of a 3.0 liter, V-6. Just keep in mind that this will make the Outlander more expensive.
2. Best Features Only On Expensive Models
The base-model Outlander is a budget friendly crossover SUV. The fact that it has a lower MSRP than many competitors is one of the best reasons to purchase it. Unfortunately, some of the best options and features are only available on the more expensive models and trim packages.
3. Transmission Reacts Slowly
The standard, automatic transmission reacts a bit slowly. This is most noticeable on the 4-cylinder models.
How It Stacks Up To The Competition
The main competition for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is the Kia Sorento, the Nissan Rogue and the Honda CR-V. The Kia features a much larger third row of seats. This may be a better choice if hauling passengers is your priority. It is also more expensive than the Outlander. The Nissan Rogue is closer in price and offers better cargo space and a larger third-row seat. It does lack many of the options of the Outlander, however. If you do not need a third row at all, the CR-V from Honda is an excellent choice.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a great vehicle for hauling the family from point A to point B. The safety features, number of options and low price make it an excellent option. The Outlander is in a class with tons of competition, but does stand out from the pack.
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