It was a super great ride. We recently got to review the latest model of the Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Compared to the Sport, it has 3 huge differences… 1. It's all wheel drive 2. It has shifting paddles 3. It's a GT, in technical terms that means it has balls.
So check it. The Outlander is a great SUV. We live smack dab in the middle of the mountains about 35 miles from flat land, it takes about an hour to drive down or to drive up the mountain. There are many tight turns you have to make at low speeds or you could plunge 500′ into a valley below.
The all wheel drive and shifting paddles allows you to take the turns like an Indy car. Well, not really like an Indy car; but it does out perform our all wheel drive Honda Pilot. That's insane. I thought our Pilot was the shiznit for taking turns up and down the mountain; but against the all wheel drive Outlander… yeah, not so much so.
There's a special breed of morons who drive up and down mountain roads and don't use Turn Outs. There are few things more infuriating than getting behind a moron who won't use a Turn Out… For those of you not in the know, Turn Outs are areas where you are supposed to, wait for it… Turn Out to let people who are going faster than you or are wanting to go faster than you pass. It's not rocket science as some would try to have you believe.
There are only a couple of actual passing lanes on the drive up and down the mountain, of which all but 2 are not very long, so you have to make the passes expediently. So here come the paddle shifters. I can drop from 5th to 3rd and pass said morons in the relatively short passing lanes with a ton of power. So, when you combine the paddles with the GT, yeah, there's plenty of room to pass the idiots no matter where you are on the mountain.
One other thing to mention on the Outlander GT is it has an “Eco Mode” to help get better gas mileage and such… but, if you're using the GT and shifting paddles with the all wheel drive going up and down mountain roads to Big Bear… well, I wasn't too concerned about the gas mileage. But, if you're going to drive a distance; which we did a couple of times, it gets pretty decent gas mileage for a SUV.
Oh yeah… it's got tons of bells and whistles too. Backup camera, GPS, moonroof, heated seats, bluetooth compatible with my phone so I could listen to all of my music and even a third row so we can fit more people. Yeah, it's a rad SUV. And the wife likes it too.
If you're in the market for an all wheel drive SUV, we recommend you check out the Mitsubishi Outlander GT.