Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

The much-hyped 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander has made its way to Waikem Mitsubishi. We were excited to see this all-new redesign in person, and our first spin was everything we hoped it would be.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is more fuel efficient and lighter than past models. Add in a redesigned, upscale interior, and the Outlander is primed to be a top choice in the Crossover segment.

So what’s new? Everything really. Let’s start with the body. Outside the Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a lighter, more sleek body. In fact, Mitsubishi says the new Outlander is 220 pounds lighter than previous body. Through wind tunnel testing, the Outlander is 7% less wind resistant. Up front you’ll notice a new fascia and all new super-wide HID headlights. It will come in 6 different exterior color option.

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As you climb inside, you’ll find a touch of class that was missing in previous Outlander models. It’s the little things that make this Outlander a cut above. Plastic has been replaced with soft-touch material on the dashboard and door. There’s an all new wood grain trim option and gloss black center console. There’s room for seven inside inside thanks to 3 rows of seating — not found on every crossover option.

One of the standouts inside was the 7-inch touchscreen on the center console. This is one of the nicer center consoles we’ve come across. The center console has available options that include navigation and a radio that allows you to control your available 710-watt Rockford Fosgate Audio System. The all-new Outlander also has available leather seats.

Beyond features, safety is a big plus with the new Outlander. Mitsubishi is known for safety, and this new model is no different. You’ll get available features such as Lane Departure Warning System — which alerts the driver if he is drifting out of his lane. Another safety option is adaptive cruise control — it helps you maintain a safe distance between you and car in front of you. Forward Collision Mitigation helps you avoid accidents, and even hits the brakes for you!

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander comes standard with 7 airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag which can be included. Other safety options include brake pedal recession and hill start assist.

One of the highlights in safety in Super All Wheel Control. SAWC has become one of the safest options on the road today, and no road is too tough to tame. Super All Wheel Control comes with option:

Eco All-Weather Control: Maximum efficiency under normal conditions allow you to conserve fuel while staying on guard to transfer power to the front, rear or all four wheels.

Normal: Everyday driving on dry asphalt or wet roads

Snow: wintry, icy conditions or loose terrain

Lock: extra 4 wheel drive performance, off road and low gear sticky conditions.

Super All Wheel Control innovation comes from what Mitsubishi has learned competing in the World and Dakar Rally circuits.

Eco Control 

The available Eco Mode in the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander helps you conserve gas and help the environment. When engaged, energy-saving control is exerted over many vehicle functions, including the engine, air conditioning and 4-wheel drive. Power is diverted from initial acceleration to only two wheels, but can instantly be transferred to all four if required, giving you the ultimate in sustainable control.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in a 2.4-liter inline-4 or 3.0 liter V-6.

Fuel Economy is 25/31.

What others are saying

AOL Autos:

The completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander delivers a host of enhancements which introduce a whole new level of safety, fuel efficiency, and technology for the compact crossover at an exceptional value.

Edmunds:

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander’s softer, more refined bodywork blunts some of its formerly sporty edge. But more sophistication also makes it a legitimate seven-passenger crossover contender.

MotorTrend

The interior, however, is much improved. There’s the requisite soft-touch material on the dashboard and door panels; the magnesium shift paddles look and feel fantastic; and the color display in the instrument panel is one of the best examples we’ve seen in the segment

Auto123.com

Overall, the 2014 Outlander has evolved nicely, which still only brings it up to the level of its competitors. It’s a tough segment to compete in, yet those looking for a decent soft-roader with seven-passenger capacity and boat-towing capability might find the V6 option a compelling reason to buy a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Overall, we cannot say enough nice things about the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. We’re excited to have this new model, and we cannot wait for you to see it for yourself.

 

 

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