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Driven: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi’s 2014 Outlander is now in its third generation of design and presents an all new exterior and interior.

As technology has changed, so has the Outlander and the 2014 model includes more standard features, more ‘high-tech’ options and more comfort.

The new Outlander is offered in four trim levels. Even the base model, the two wheel drive Outlander ES includes an impressive range of standard features such as brake assist, hill start assist, heated front seats, steering wheel audio and cruise controls and a driver’s information display with a wide array of information. Pricing starts at $25,998 plus $1,450 destination charges for the ES model.

Next in the lineup is the Outlander ES AWC. AWC is short for All Wheel Control and the all wheel drive system adds $2,000 to the base price of a 2WD model, but there are also more features available on the all wheel drive version.

For example, a Premium Package is offered for $3,500 which includes a power glass sunroof with sunshade, 18-inch alloy wheels instead of the 16-inch wheels, leather seating surfaces, power driver’s seat, dual zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, rearview camera with an audio display screen in the centre of the dash, satellite radio, black roof rails and a floor centre console with armrest. This is the model we tested and price as tested with destination charges was $32,948.

There are two other 4wd Outlander models offered. Both come with the larger 3.0 V6 engine, replacing the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine found in the ES models. Unfortunately, this 3.0-litre engine does require premium fuel, so every day driving costs are a bit higher.

The SE model is available with a $1,500 Touring Package with power sunroof, 18-inch wheels, rear view camera, black roof rails and satellite radio. The SE model includes many of the features of the Premium package offered on the ES model as standard equipment.

The ‘high-tech’ version is the GT-S model. With a starting price of $35,998, the GT-S model is available with a Navigation Package that not only includes the navigation system but also lane departure warning, real time traffic information and a multi-communication interface that includes a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate display audio system with eight speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer. That should knock your socks off!

The audio system in our ES model wasn’t quite as dramatic, but did produce a pleasant clear sound that was enhanced by the low interior noise levels from the powertrain and suspension.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ride comfort in the Outlander and the perforated leather seats in our vehicle provided fair lateral support and good comfort.

The tilt/telescopic steering column and optional power driver’s seat adjusted for a wide variety of driver sizes and outward visibility from all seats was excellent.

The dashboard speedometer and tachometer are large and easy to see at a glance, with an ECO indicator in the tachometer face that progressively turns on more segments as you drive economically. There is another ECO indicator between the tach and speedo which comes on when you have selected the ECO drive mode in the all wheel drive system.

A button on the console cycles through the ECO, Normal and Lock modes so the driver can match all wheel drive operation to driving conditions.

The interior design is smooth, cleanly laid out and finished with a combination of soft textures, piano black control surrounds and metallic coloured carbonfibre-like trim. The interior looks good and feels nice to the touch.

On the road, the 2.4-litre engine has ample power. Better aerodynamics, reduced vehicle weight and a CVT transmission help with both performance and fuel economy.

The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) operates smoothly and most drivers wouldn’t even notice it was a CVT unless they accelerate hard then the engine rpm will go up to about 5,000 rpm and seem to stay there with nothing happening, but if you look at the speedometer you will see the vehicle is accelerating at a good rate.

The quiet interior noise levels and this normal characteristic of CVT operation would make it easy to exceed the speed limit without realizing it!

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander ES is a five passenger vehicle although SE and GT-S models come with a 3rd row seat.

The Outlander is a nice driving vehicle that will fill many needs at a price that has already attracted many buyers.

Configuration: All wheel drive 5 passenger compact SUV

Engine: 2.4 litre 4-cylinder; 166 horsepower, 162 ft-lbs. of torque

Drivetrain: CVT automatic, all wheel drive transfer case

Fuel economy: city: 8.6 L/100 km; Hwy: 6.8 L/100 km

Suspension: Front: independent strut with stabilizer bar, coil springs; Rear: multi-link

Brakes: Four wheel discs, ABS

Base MSRP: $25,998

Price as Tested: $32,948 including $1,450 destination charges

Mitsubishi Outlander

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