Snowboard Colorado has had the chance to drive the new 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT for the past few months. We were stoked to get new wheels and wrap it with our custom graphics. It has exceeded our expectations, as we made many successful trips from Denver to various mountain resorts all over the state, with all our buddies and tons of gear in tow. It performed equally well in all kinds of rugged Colorado terrain and cityscapes alike. This car is an awesome choice for the snowboarder’s life style.
The first thing everyone noticed was the clean exterior styling of the car. A lot of current cross-overs are a little funny looking, but the design of the Outlander was done just right. Mitsubishi seems to be stepping it up with new eye catching models in general. The best physical attributes of the GT were the 18 inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips and the flow of the natural, soft shape.
The interior appearance was no down grade from the outside. The super soft, black, leather seats were a favorite feature. As a whole everything looked clean and classy. The over sized sunroof was great when driving through the mountains. It made for some epic traveling views.
For a crossover it was surprising just how much could be packed in. No one wants to make trips solo, and with the every increasing price of the almighty gallon, no one can really afford to either, which is why we, as snowboarders, are all about optimizing the amount of space in the vehicle. The Outlander is surely a specialty in the crossover world, because of its third row seating. It can very comfortably sit 5 people, but has a converted trunk area that can fit an additional 2 passengers. I wouldn’t say that everyone would want to sit in the third row seating, but we all have that friend (or two) that has no car or gas money and just wants to go shred that would definitely not mind that spot for the ride. Without the two bums in the back, though, you can most definitely fit 5 riders and their gear in this for the ride up. There is also fold flat second row seating which is a must for any avid snowboarder, because there are always those trips up to the mountains where you have brought too much gear, half of your refrigerator, and enough drinks for the whole mountain town. This coupled with the plug in Thule sport rack accommodation, we were never left with too little room.
Hands down, the best part of the Outlander was its performance in the high country. This car absolutely killed it on wet roads, packed snow, ice, dirt roads, and steep mountain inclines/declines. The GT comes equipped with AWD, which any sane mountain driver should have. But, this is just the start of what made the Outlander GT's performance so great. The Super All Wheel Control system (S-AWC) is a safety feature that is a first of its kind for a CUV, and has been helpful in the crazy mountain weather of Colorado. Simply put, it detects traction and directs power between wheels according to conditions. The powerful 3.0 liter, 230 horse power, V6 engine quickly and smoothly gets up the steep mountains we drive multiple times a week. This also provides a clear advantage for getting around the city because of its small size and great gas mileage. Between the different vehicles owned by us at Snowboard Colorado, this has become one of our favorites.
Good gas mileage is an ideal value in the Outlander. The GT, which is the most powerful of the crossover line, averages 20 miles per gallon. This completely out shines any SUV we normally drive, which usually costs quite a bit of money getting to and from the mountains. The Mitsubishi really cut down on travel expenses.
If you really look at it, the price of the car seems quite fair when you consider what it comes with. Not all snowboarders could afford the starting price of $27,895. Yet, comparable to other popular CUVs, it is actually a cheaper price with more luxury features. A brand new Outlander GT may be more appealing for the slightly older working, commuting snowboarder than an early 20’s snowboard bum, but we would highly recommend it to anyone that can afford it.
An impressive feature of the Outlander is the stereo system. It has full color LCD, multi information screen to control everything. You wouldn’t expect to see this at the vehicles price point. The 140 watt, 6 CD with MP3, and six speakers filled the car with flawless sound. An added benefit was the satellite radio, which we are now hooked on.
There are plenty of gadgets that can be configured to the car. This car has all the bells and whistles when it comes to technology. I doubt we have been able to use half of these features as we probably needed a lesson on what all those buttons are for! It is good to see that the car was already blue tooth enabled, it is important for us to have the handsfree ability when driving. We are constantly on calls and need a safe way to communicate while navigating any treachous Colorado roads we may encounter.
Overall, our experience with the Outlander GT was unanimously positive. Everyone in the office would always find an excuse to use the Outlander whenever possible. There were no mechanical problems or any problems for that matter. It got us around safely and outperformed many cars on the mountain roads. We loved the stereo system, the gas mileage, and being able to fit so much in it. It is a rad car for snowboarders and skiers in Colorado, and we can see it transitioning into a great Colorado summer sports vehicle as well.