Are you searching for a great family vehicle that’s safe and comfortable? Read our experience with the Mitsubishi Outlander GT before taking a test drive.
Living in the mountains, it’s imperative to have a 4WD or AWD vehicle during the winter months. We live on an unmaintained dirt road, and it can get kind of difficult to drive down on some winter days.
I have been reviewing cars for a few years now, and I’ve gotten to drive a few different Mitsubishi Outlander years and models (see reviews here, here, here and here). While I’m not a huge fan of the Sport model for our lifestyle, I’ve come to really love the GT model.
I recently got to drive the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander GT on a roadtrip to the Four Seasons Westlake Village for their Let It Snow event. Normally, Brian drives on road trips because he likes to be in control. However, he had bruised his ribs a couple days before snowboarding, so I drove on this trip.
Brian didn’t think the trunk had enough space (I think he was probably factoring in snowboard gear for the whole family), but I thought the trunk space was pretty darn good. It is plenty of space for my needs.
While we didn’t use it this time around, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT does have a third row. There isn’t a ton of leg room in the third row, but it is great to have one when you’re toting around your kids and their friends.
In the back seat, there was plenty of space to keep the girls comfortable. It’s hard to believe that the first time I reviewed a Mitsubishi Outlander GT, both girls were in car seats. Now one has grown out of a booster seat, so we only have one booster left in the back seat!
The driver’s seat was comfortable for me on a road trip too. I had a gallbladder attack on this trip thanks to indulging in too much great food at the Four Season’s buffet. The heated seats helped relieve some of my discomfort while driving home, so I was very grateful for that feature.
In the past, I had shared that I was not a fan of the Mitsubishi’s navigation system. It has finally been updated this year. The system itself is a responsive touch screen, which is easier to use when driving.
Instead of having a native navigation system, it uses the new Android Auto feature. Fortunately, Brian already had Android Auto installed after our cross country road trip. So it was easy to use.
If you haven’t used Android Auto before, it uses the navigation system on your phone and transmits it via Bluetooth to the car’s system. There are pros and cons to that since you do need to have cell coverage to get a map pulled up. Either way, I found it to be better than the previous navigation system.
As far as gas mileage goes, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT gets an average 23 mpg (20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway). That’s decent considering it’s AWD, but if you drive mostly in the city, you’ll want to factor that into your purchasing decision.
Driving up and down the mountain, I always felt safe and in control. The Mitsubishi Outlander GT handles extremely well. It’s responsive on turns and the brakes are great too.
Overall, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT is a great family vehicle. It’s definitely in our top 5, so if you’re shopping for a new vehicle, be sure to test drive a Mitsubishi Outlander GT.