For those of you who have been following along, we are on the hunt for our next vehicle. Currently, the cars we have are sedans which just aren’t cutting it with adding a third infant car seat. I have decided to team up with different car brands to find the best fit for our family.
On my list of must haves, I’m looking for a comfy bench 2nd row or a third row, leather seats, and a reverse camera. Not a whole lot to ask for but definitely things I know I will need with 3 rambunctious boys. The first car up in this series is a 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT.
Mitsubishi Outlander Likes
Based off first impressions, I definitely liked the curb appeal. This particular Outlander was painted a pretty Pearl White that glittered in the Arizona sun. When unlocking the SUV I noticed the mirrors untucked themselves. May sound silly but totally was a feature I ended up loving. For instance, if I’m inside and wondering if I locked the car doors or not, I could just glance out the window and know because of the mirrors.
Knocking some items off my must have list, the Mitsubishi Outlander had beautiful beige leather seats, a reverse camera which has an AWESOME feature I’ll tell you about in just a sec, and a surprise third row of seating! Maybe it’s common knowledge but I totally wasn’t expecting to find the third row when I looked inside. It’s only a two-seater but still meets my criteria.
Now back to that rear view camera, you guys not only do you get this camera but you get a 360 view camera! I know, you’re probably thinking, what is she talking about? Well on the dash screen when you put the car in reverse, you see the normal rear view on the left then on the right you see your whole car up above you. This was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and made backing up and parking a breeze. Totally fell in love with this feature for sure.
Moving on, the Mitsubishi Outlander had a large trunk with or without the third row which came with the auto open trunk button. I never knew how much I would love this little button until it was an option. Totally perfect for shopping moms!
Speaking of features I didn’t know I would want, this Outlander was push to start which I ended up decided I had to add to my must have list. It makes checking the mail and other tasks that involve my keyring, so much easier.
When it came to gas mileage, the Mitsubishi Outlander ranked pretty high and I only ended up using 3/4 of a tank within a week. Normally I go through a tank or more weekly in my Jetta so that was pretty impressive. The eco option of driving also displays on the dash which I think helped me be more conscious of gas usage as well.
Mitsubishi Outlander Dislikes
Though there were many features of the Mitsubishi Outlander that I loved, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you all what I didn’t like about it as well. Though it’s not a lot, these are some personal dislikes my husband and I had with the SUV.
The Mitsubishi Outlander felt like you were sitting higher than you actually are which is great for me since I’m so short. However, due to this, the Outlander also felt like it had a very high center of gravity. When I would make sharper turns it almost felt as if the car would tip. I know it’s all in my head but a crazy feeling none the less.
The Outlander though zippy in low speeds, felt like it dragged quite a bit in faster speeds. This is probably because it was a v4 but for me, I don’t care what the size of the engine is as long as I can’t feel that drag. Unfortunately, the Outlander didn’t pass this test for me. I think if we threw in a v6 it would have made a world of difference.
The last pet peeve, yes pet peeve that drove me nuts was the seat belt alarm. I understand that it is technically a safety feature but the Mitsubishi Outlander was extremely loud and over the top. If there is a way to mute it, I would.
Would I buy the Outlander?
After all the likes and dislikes of the Mitsubishi Outlander, would I actually buy the Outlander in the long run? The verdict is in and the answer is yes. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice in SUV but it definitely wouldn’t be my last. I believe the Mitsubishi Outlander is a great competitor on the market and would rate it a 7/10.