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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander was new.


Performance: 6.9

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander provides satisfying city driving, but get it out on the highway and you’ll be frustrated with its slow acceleration. The available all-wheel drive systems are good for less-than-perfect pavement. Despite the AWD systems and firm steering that help maintain stability through turns, the Outlander has a rigid and bumpy ride.

  • “For starters, it isn't very fast or very fuel-efficient. Either one we could forgive, but as a combo, those facts are hard to ignore." -- Edmunds
  • “Considerable work was done to stiffen various parts of the structure, and retuned suspension components were designed to firm up the previous model's mushy suspension. There's still a dearth of feel through the steering wheel and brake pedal, but when it comes to quelling noise while facilitating some awareness of what's going on under the vehicle, Mitsubishi engineers have much to be proud of." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • “Steering is decently weighted, but the Outlander isn't much fun on twisty roads like more dynamic vehicles such as the Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 Outlander comes with a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic. A three-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission are available in the highest trim and produce 224 horsepower.

The Outlander is better for city driving, as its acceleration for highway and passing speeds is lethargic, and the CVT can be noisy when trying to get up to those speeds. Neither engine will excite you. The V6 delivers faster acceleration and less noise, but critics note it's still not very refined. The 2.4 liter engine gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive it gets 24/29 mpg city/highway. The V6 engine gets 20/27 mpg city/highway. These estimates are average for the class.

The standard Eco mode switch employs energy saving measures. These include sensors on super all-wheel drive models that switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive when necessary, to ensure the car gets the best fuel economy and the lowest emissions.

  • “For power, the Outlander has either the standard 2.4-liter engine or the available 3.0-liter V6. They're both adequate for city driving, but neither is an overachiever. The four-cylinder's CVT makes this engine especially noisy during full-throttle acceleration (think freeway on-ramps and passing scenarios, or even long uphill grades) as it keeps the engine's speed at a steady, high rpm. The V6 sounds a bit better, and we prefer its conventional six-speed automatic transmission to the CVT. Unfortunately, you can only get it with the GT trim." -- Edmunds
  • "The 3.0-liter V-6 engine, which is available only on the top-spec GT model with all-wheel drive, is much quicker in all situations. The V-6 revs more smoothly and more quietly than the four-cylinder, and it works well with its six-speed automatic transmission, although naturally you pay the penalty in fuel economy, which falls to just 20/27 mpg (city/highway)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “In general, the 224-horsepower V6 does right by the Outlander GT. To this driver, it comes off as kind of slow from a start and a little reluctant at lower rpms, but it builds to an eminently acceptable level of highway performance. Then, too, the engine doesn't sound wholly refined; it's a bit of a 'moaner' when pushed. The 6-speed automatic transmission works smoothly and delivers passing kickdown without undue wait." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

The Outlander comes standard with front-wheel drive. Two all-wheel drive systems are available. The AWD systems are good when riding on rough terrain and give the SUV more capability on uneven or harsh road conditions. You have the option to choose different modes that improve driving in certain conditions, but it isn’t a serious off-road vehicle. The Outlander is secure and stable around turns and its steering is firm and responsive. With its redesigned suspension, the Outlander is now more rigid and its ride can be a bit bumpy.

  • “If you're going off-road on a regular basis, the Outlander's all-wheel-drive system offers selectable modes that provide a bit more capability on dirt roads and in deep snow. The system can be used for mild off-roading but not much more." -- Edmunds
  • “The Outlander does float and bounce over dips and crests more than we'd prefer, but at least the retuned electric-assist steering provides a greater sense of straight-line stability." -- Automobile Magazine (2016)
  • “Off road, the S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system allows for confident adventuring over a variety of terrains." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

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