2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

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 Mitsubishi Outlander was redesigned last year, gaining 3-row seating and a host of new technology features. For 2015, it sees handful of minor updates. Styling tweaks include a new upper front grille design, new roof rails, and, on GT models, LED taillights. All Outlanders now get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, along with Mitsubishi’s FUSE Hands-Free Link System with USB/IPod port and Bluetooth connectivity. Mitsubishi also claims improvements in sound insulation, suspension tuning, and the calibration of the continuously variable transmission. 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: $23,195
2WD SE: $24,195
AWD SE: $26,195
2WD SE Premium: $26,795
AWD SE Premium: $28,795
2WD SE Touring: $30,295
AWD SE Touring: $32,295
AWD GT: $28,195
AWD GT Premium: $30,795
AWD GT Touring: $34,295

Base Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
166
Std. Transmission
continuously variable transmission
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

Optional Engine
3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
224
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

2015 Outlander GT
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT