2017 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL

Pros: Peppy acceleration with V6 engine; versatile all-wheel-system; some rare-for-the-class features

Cons: Weak acceleration with 4-cylinder engine; 3rd-row seat is cramped and uncomfortable for most adults; overly sensitive lane-departure warning system

CG Says: The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is little changed after last year’s freshening. Forward-collision warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and multi-view rearview camera are newly available. Outlander is a compact SUV with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The base powertrain is a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a CVT transmission. GT has a 224-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. All other models offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, keyless access and starting, and LED headlights. Though its overall refinement doesn’t match some class competitors, the Outlander is nevertheless a worthwhile entry in the compact SUV segment. The GT, with its standard V6 power and exceptional handling, is surprisingly fun to drive. Outlander should appeal to three types of shoppers: those who want a sporty SUV at a reasonable price; those who covet 3-row seating but don’t want to drive a larger vehicle; and those who place heavy emphasis on crash-preventative safety technology but can’t afford a premium SUV.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices 2WD ES: $23,495
AWD ES: $24,995
2WD SE: $24,495
AWD SE: $26,495
2WD SEL: $25,495
AWD SEL: $27,495
AWD GT: $31,695

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder ES, SE, SEL)
Horsepower
166
Std. Transmission
continuously variable transmission
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
3.0-liter V6 (GT)
Horsepower
224
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27