The holidays means lots of time spent in the car between parties and dinners and shopping and and and.. You get the picture. So of course you want to make sure you are riding around in a comfortable vehicle that can handle the people and cargo load. We had moments of holiday timein the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL.
I have tested out the Mitsubishi Outlander before and honestly was not overly impressed. One big problem with the Outlander is that it has a third row that is all but unusable. Seriously not even my kids really fit back there unless the second row is moved REALLY far forward. I get it they want to say they offer a third row, but when a child barely fits, it might just be better to remove it and reclaim some cargo space.
We did have some fun in the Outlander over Thanksgiving week as the kids and I did a 5K early that morning. We just walked, but hey at least we got out there. The inside of the Outlander has been updated and has some really pretty nice upgrades. The front heated seats were nice after the chilly 5K. The design and black accents as well as leather make for a comfortable and much more stylish ride. With the fact the second row can be adjusted, the kids had tons of legroom. For the most part I kept the third row folded down which allowed me to transport plenty of groceries and even all of our soccer gear. I had to tilt the tent up to make it fit, but any cargo area that holds all my soccer gear is a win in my book.
The engine in the Outlander still leaves much to be desired. In ECO mode, it felt as if the SUV was being seriously throttled on power. Even in regular driving mode, I still had to really push down the accelerator to keep an even acceleration of power. The benefit of maybe not having as much power force behind the engine is that the gas mileage was fairly decent for being an SUV. Like I have said before, sometimes having a slower vehicle makes you learn to take your time getting places… or it just kind of annoys you.
If you are looking for a basic vehicle with a few upgrades to the interior that can get you from point A to point B then the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL could be a fit for you. Some of my previous dislikes of the vehicle were changed with this newer model.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL in Cosmic Blue Metallic MSRP: $32,060
- 2.4L MIVEC SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
- SEL Touring package
- 18″ two tone alloy wheels
- 7″ smartphone link display
- Leather throughout
- 7 passenger seating
- Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist
- Hill start assist
- Heated and power side mirrors
- Heated front seats
- Chrome accents on exterior
- Power glass sunroof
- LED headlight and taillights
- Heated steering wheel
- ECO drive mode