Consider me a lucky girl. In the past month I’ve been able to drive not one, not two, but three different vehicles, and I am very thankful for the opportunity. First it was the 2014 Kia Sorento SX, then it was the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring, and now I’m happy to tell you how my week went with the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE w/ Touring Package.
As you can see from the picture above, it’s pretty sharp. I remember the older model Outlanders used to be a little boxier and compact, and the new 2014 Outlander has come a long way in my humble opinion!
Since I’m on the new look of the Outlander, I should mention how much I loved the Diamond White Pearl paint job on this vehicle, as well as the look of the front fog lights and chrome accents on the grill, and the rear combination tail lights. I thought these subtle changes gave the 2014 Outlander a sophisticated look I hadn’t noticed in the past.
Of course you always want to look cool in your new ride, so I had to get the “cool approval” from Asher. Does he look cool in the new 2014 Outlander?
As important as looking cool in our vehicle really is, let’s be honest – it’s the inside that matters most, both for comfort and safety. Now that I have to tote my Babiator-wearing little guy everywhere I go, it’s important to me that we are safe, comfortable, and secure inside of our vehicle.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander will seat either 5 or 7, and I found the switch from one to the other easy to do (you basically just pull tabs – it’s super intuitive). You’re probably not going to fit 7 adults comfortably since this is a crossover SUV, but you can easily do four adults and three children without everyone being on top of each other. Here’s a good look at it.
Of course one of the features from a safety standpoint that I will definitely require in my next vehicle is the rear-view camera. I love all the airbags and traction control and stability control, but for this momma, I love to know that I’m not going to run over any children (or animals!) when I put my vehicle in reverse.
While I love the rear-camera feature, I actually think the Outlander has a safety feature I like even more than that, which I didn’t think was possible! I’m a pretty straight and narrow driver, however hubby can sometimes veer to left (he says he’s “hugging” the inside, whatever that means!). If you upgrade to the SE Touring Package, one of the features you’ll get is called Lane Departure Warning. And rather than just show you a picture, I thought I’d let you see it in action (don’t worry, hubby was filming while I was talking with both hands on the wheel!) 😉
So cool right? Now you can turn this feature off with the push of a button, but I find it to be a welcomed addition to help keep us safe on the road. If you’re in the car a lot, its easy to take for granted that you’re in a multi-ton machine hurdling down the road sometimes at 70 mph! Knowing that that your SUV will ‘talk’ to you when you’re veering gives me peace of mind.
I thought the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander had more room on the inside than it appeared from the outside. We easily fit our BOB stroller in and had plenty of room to spare, and Asher comfortably fit into his car seat in the back seat as well.
I’ll be honest, it’s always hard going back to our 2006 sedan after test driving. The 2014 Outlander we drove was equipped with the SE Touring package, which, in addition to the Lane Departure Warning, had the following yummies:
- Woodgrain interior panels & leather seating
- Power remote tailgate (love this!)
- Navigation (Sorry for the blurry pic, but I love that it tells me where gas stations and toll booths are!)
- Rain-sensing wipers
- SiruisXM Satellite Radio w/ free 3-month subscription
There are others, but I think you get the gist.
So what does the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander cost? Here’ the great news – you can get into this brand new vehicle for under $24,000! With a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty, you can have the peace of mind to know that you’re making a good investment too. I was really surprised to hear the price of this vehicle for what you get. I didn’t even mention the fast-pass keyless entry and the one-touch start-stop engine switch. You should really check out all the standard equipment on the 2014 Outlander HERE.
Now if you want all the goodies I just mentioned, then it’s another $6100. Still, for right around $30k, you can get all the goodies you’d expect in a luxury type vehicle for well under half the price.
Not only that, but the gas mileage is amazing on this Crossover SUV – 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is outstanding!
If I had to offer one piece of constructive criticism, it would be that I would prefer a little more giddy-up than the 2.4 L SOHC engine. Just in case you need to really punch it. The good news is that if you turn off the ECO function, you’ll hurt yourself in the mpg department, but you’ll make up for it with a little more “oomph” behind the wheel.
So what do you all think? Would you take a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander out for a spin after reading a little more about it?