If you are looking for a solid crossover vehicle that delivers in safety, but is a bit more reserved in technology offerings, then look no further than the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. This is a solid vehicle that is tops when it comes to safety and handling.
While many of the other Crossover vehicles seem to focus on being a Best Buy on wheels with all their fancy technology such as USB ports, electrical outlets, hands-free capability, and so on, the 2014 Outlander is a crossover first – concentrating on gas mileage- 20 MPG City/ 28 MPG Highway, and it also offers a major emphasis on safety. To that effect, for two years in a row, the Outlander has been awarded the top safety vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also focuses on being one with the road, allowing for the driver to really take control of the wheel with its four selectable drive modes.
On the exterior, the Outlander 2014 sports some attractive lines but is overall very boxy looking. This is a conservative design that really doesn’t call too much attention to itself. On the inside however, there are some lovely items like the power driver seat, the door panels that have a soft-touch feel, and the leather seats from the front row to last. The seats are comfortable and handled perfectly for our 4 hour drive to New England. We didn’t feel cramped at all and our passengers enjoyed decent leg room. Another nice feature is that this CUV is quiet. You can’t hear a peep from the engine, and even while standing on the outside of the car, you can barely tell when it is running. Unfortunately, for those that enjoy the sound of the revving of the engine, the 2014 Outlander sounds more like a kitten than a lion.
The in-car navigation system that was included in our test vehicle was simple enough to use. But at times, it seemed to get confused or was delayed… we’re not sure if that was due to satellite issues or our Outlander. But in any case, it got us where we needed to go. One caveat however, is that the in-car infotainment system didn’t recognize the iPhone 5s. The USB ports didn’t recognize it as a media player and refused to charge it too. There is probably a software upgrade that is needed that will get it recognized.
Another annoyance is the lift-gate, which happened to be one of the most frustrating parts of the entire Outlander experience. For some reason, it just refused to open with the remote. No matter how many times we pushed the button, the lift-gate refused to open. There happens to be a button by the center console that controls the lift-gate too, but it wasn’t clear what the button did or didn’t do… all we know is that between pressing that button and the lift-gate button on the remote, we finally did get it to work. Overall, the trunk space is very decent and allows for numerous packages and luggage, as long as you can get it to open-up.
Overall, the 2014 Outlander, even fully loaded as ours was, is a conservative CUV. That said, it’s a nice looking vehicle, and as long as you aren’t looking for too much razzle dazzle, it’s a solid choice. So while some cars might be into all the bells and whistles, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander keeps itself grounded by offering a well rounded package that focuses on being a solid 4-door CUV, that drives well, and is safe. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $22,995 for the ES Drivetrain, and can go as high as $34,720 for the fully loaded GT model.