2019 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC Test Drive

“2019 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC”
An Affordable Compact SUV
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Mitsubishi’s advertising tagline has been “Find Your Own Lane” and the Japanese automaker seems to have done just that with their 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander model lineup, particularly with the top-of-line GT version.

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OVERVIEW

Mitsubishi has dropped several once popular vehicles from their inventory and has now devoted their primary focus on maintaining a competitive position with the Outlander, of which there will be four specific models, ranging from the Outlander ES 2WD to the Outlander GT S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control). In between will be the Outlander SE 2WD and S-AWC, and Outlander SEL 2WD and S-AWC. Note that the two middle trims are available in either 2WD or S-AWC, while the GT trim comes only in S-AWC, and the ES trim is only available in 2WD. There’s also a PHEV model available.

All Outlanders fall into the premium compact SUV category, and the 2019 stable of Outlanders are elevated to a higher level of sophistication, with better quality, improved driving dynamicism, technological advancements and more efficient operation.

ENHANCED STYLING
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The 2019 the Outlander receives a host of changes including revised front-end styling and standard 18-inch wheels. Every model also comes with more supportive and comfortable front seats, upgraded interior trim, newly illuminated window controls, rear-seat climate-control vents, and an electric parking brake. A spare tire is no longer available, but all models have a tire-repair kit., All gasoline-powered models have revised suspension and steering that Mitsubishi claims has enhanced the handling and ride quality. The SE version now has soft-touch seats along with power-adjustable front seats and a rear USB port, which are also on the higher SEL and GT. Visual appeal is satisfactory, but less than dramatic.

MOTIVE FORCE
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Powering the 2019 Outlander GT is a 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine with continuous variable valve lift system that produces 224 horsepower at 6,250 rpm along with 215 lb./ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. A 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder provides power for 2WD (front) ES, SE and SEL trims as well as S-AWC equipped SE and SEL trims. The ES trim offers AWC as opposed to S –(Super). The 3.0-liter V6 is coupled to a 6-speed Sportronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters, while all 4-cylinder powered Outlanders route their energy to the driving wheels via a CVT transmission.
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The S-AWC provides four operational modes for optimization of driving efficiency: AWC ECO, Normal, Snow and Lock.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
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In addition to trim levels, there are also available option packages that provide extra features along with a host of individual accessory options.

AS TESTED
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My test 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander was in GT trim powered by the 3.0-liter V-6 and with S-AWC. The base price was $33,195., while the price as tested with the GT Touring Package and destination and handling charge totaled $36,700. The exterior wore a Pearl White a metallic finish, while the interior was done in Tan and Charcoal tones highlighted by gloss faux carbon fiber trim accents.

PERFORMANCE

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, is a visually appealing and sporty crossover SUV, adding new state-of-the-art technological features fro added comfort, convenience and security. My GT version featured an impressive list of standard features and equipment, with more than enough power to accomplish virtually any assigned task. Shifting gears could be accomplished automatically or via the magnesium steering wheel mounted paddles. The S-AWS elevates the level of driver control along with Hill Start Assist. The system utilizes an Active Front Differential and an electronically controlled center differential system. Driving force is directed intelligently from front to rear and left to right to the front wheels.
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The Outlander GT manages to blend pleasing driving dynamics with contemporary visual appeal, functionality and versatility. It’s not only comfortable, but agile as well. The S-AWC version may be operated “on-the-fly” via a simple control knob. Seating up front is infinitely adjustable for optimum driving comfort. Ride quality is comfortable and the 710-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system features digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and nine speakers, including an enclosed 10-inch subwoofer. The folding and reconfiguration of seating is simplified for optimum user friendliness.
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OUR FINAL TAKE

Fortunately, the Outlander is attainable for a wide range of consumers thanks to its broad price range and various trim choices across the model lineup. The optional equipment packages are also reasonably priced, allowing consumers to personally equip their selected Outlander model to best fulfill their requirements and desires.

On the plus side, is affordable three-row seating, although the third row space is limited. The 3.0-liter V6 is obviously superior to the 2.4-liter four-banger in terms of performance output, and the conventional 6-speed Sportronic automatic with paddle shifters is more fun to drive than the CVT. Should you happen to be in the market for a more compact crossover, the smaller Outlander Sport may likely prove to be more to your liking. Towing capability is up to 3,500 pounds.

SPECIFICATIONS: 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC

Base Price: $33,195.
Price as Tested: $36,700.

Engine Type and Size: 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC, 24-valve, V6 with continuous variable valve lift system.

Horsepower (bhp): 224 @ 6,250 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 215 @ 3,750 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed Sportronic® automatic with paddle shifters.

Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine / Super All-Wheel Control.

Suspension: Front -MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar.
Rear – Multi-link with stabilizer bar.

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with 4-channel, four sensor ABS, EBD, BA, HAS, ASC and TCL.

Tires: Toyo A24225/55 R18 M&S mounted on 5-”double- spoke machine face with 5 painted single separator alloy wheels.

Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length Overall: 184.8 inches
Width: 71.3 inches
Height: 67.3 inches
Curb Weight: 3,593 lbs.
Turning Circle: 34.8 ft.
Fuel Capacity: 15.8 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: 20 mpg city / 27-mpg highway
Drag Coefficient: Not listed.
0 – 60 mph: Not tested.

Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring Journalist and member and past officer of several noted Automotive Journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles and unusual wheeled vehicles as well.
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