Test Drive 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Thornton CO


Released in 2001, the Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the few small-sized crossover SUVs around that comes with three rows of seats, instead of the traditional two. Now at the end of its third generation of production with the 2018 model year, the crossover is available in ES, SE, SEL, and GT variants.


At the base level, the new SUV has heated power side mirrors, LED rear combination taillights, a chrome-accented front grille, and halogen headlights that turn on and off automatically in response to the amount of outside light. Starting from the SE, the SUV has turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors. On the SEL and GT, the roof has silver-finished rails for additional cargo-carrying capacity, halogen fog lights that join the headlights for additional illumination power, and power remote ability on the liftgate for more convenient access to the cargo space. On the GT, the halogen bulbs on the headlights and fog lights are replaced by brighter and longer-lasting LEDs, and a power glass sunroof with a sunshade and tilt feature joins the silver roof rails. Each trim is fitted with 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels.


Seating up to seven people, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander provides 128.2 cubic feet of passenger volume. Cargo space is measured at 10.3 cubic feet. However, if you fold down the third row, you can expand it to 34.2 cubic feet, and 63.3 cubic feet if both second and third rows are down. At the front are a 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat. You can upgrade to at least the SE to add front-seat heating capability and leather wrapping on the steering wheel. The SEL and GT are upgraded with 8-way power adjustability on the driver's seat and leather upholstery. Standard comfort and convenience features on the vehicle include cruise control, a color multi-information display, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a 7-inch infotainment display, HD Radio®, a six-speaker AM/FM audio system, a USB port for connecting mobile devices, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Starting from the SE, the SUV also has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for enabling the execution of infotainment functions with your smartphone, a three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio, two USB ports (instead of one), and push-button engine start. The SEL and GT get an auto-dimming rearview mirror for taming the glare of headlights behind you, as well as HomeLink® technology for remote-controlling garage doors. The GT is the only trim with a nine-speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system.

Test Drive 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Thornton CO

Mechanical / Powertrain

Powering the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is the 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine, which produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. However, the high-performance GT trim gets a larger and more powerful MIVEC engine in the form of a 3.0-liter V6. This engine produces 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. While the ES, SE, SEL use a continuously variable transmission-which eschews traditional gear shifting mechanism for changing seamlessly through a continuous range of gear ratios-the GT uses a 6-speed automatic transmission for the gear shifting feel and consequently heightening driving excitement. You have the choice between a front-wheel drivetrain and an all-wheel drivetrain; the latter is preferable for tackling surfaces made slippery by rain, snow, or ice. For absorbing bumps on the road, the SUV has a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension, with a stabilizer bar on each end. The electric power steering on the vehicle produces a turning circle diameter of 34.8 feet.


The seven-airbag system on the new SUV consists of a driver's knee airbag, dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and dual roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Also standard are electronic vehicle stability control to keep you on the intended driving path, a rearview camera for knowing what's and who's behind you when in reverse, an anti-lock braking system for preventing wheel lockup, electronic brake-force distribution for proper allocation of stopping force, brake assist for additional stopping power when necessary, traction control for maximizing tire grip with the road, hill start assist for safe driving up a steep slope, and a security system that incorporates remote keyless entry, engine immobilization, and a panic alarm. On the SEL and GT, Mitsubishi adds blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. Exclusive to the GT is a multi-view camera (in place of the rearview camera).

For a test drive of the 2018 edition of the Outlander, come see us Thornton Mitsubishi in Thornton Colorado today. We have a wealth of vehicles to choose from at Thornton Mitsubishi in Thornton Colorado, and our customers consistently provide great feedback concerning their visits to our dealership. Schedule an appointment at Thornton Mitsubishi today to test drive the new ride in Thornton Colorado, and then sit down with a sales specialist after the test drive.

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