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* Model: 2018 Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC
* Exterior color: Rally Red Metallic
* Interior color: Beige
* Engine: 3.0-liter, V-6
* Horsepower: 224
* Transmission: six-speed automatic
* Fuel economy: 27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city
* Local Dealer: Edd Kirby's Adventure Mitsubishi
* Price (as tested): $34,160
At the Kennedy house, my 11-year-old son and I sometimes play a game of "Price Is Right" with test cars.
Both of us are pretty good at guessing the price of cars and trucks within about 10 percent of their sticker price. Still, once in awhile a vehicle comes along that throws us both for a loop.
Everything about the Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC screams $40,000. That's more or less the generic price for a three-row SUV with a six-cylinder engine, leather seats and all-wheel-drive.
So, when my son and I folded open the sticker on this week's test car our jaws dropped and we both said simultaneously, "Whoa!."
The MSRP is $34,160. And that's before you even start to negotiate a price with the dealership. Combine that value price with Mitsubishi's 100,000-mile power-train warranty and suddenly the competition has some explaining to do.
Outlanders are available locally at Edd Kirby Adventure Mitsubishi on M.L.K. Boulevard. A recent check of the dealership's digital inventory showed more than 50 Outlanders in stock. (Including one copy of the the new Outlander PHEV hybrid plug-in reviewed in this space a few weeks ago.)
WHAT IS IT A three-row, compact SUV in a segment where a third row of seats has become rare. With seating for seven (if a couple of them are small children), the Outlander trumps five-passenger competitors such as the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.
WHAT DOES IT COST A base model starts at $23,945, and our tester (provided by Mitsubishi) has an asking price of $34,160. Our test car includes a $1000 GT Touring Package which bundles forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
COOL FEATURES The 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels on our tester help accentuate the stance. Also, the Rally Red Metallic paint livens up what is otherwise a pretty generic silhouette.
FUEL ECONOMY The government estimates that the 2018 Outlander V-6 will return 27 miles per gallon highway and 20 miles per gallon city. If fuel economy is important to you, check out the plug-in version.
STANDARD FEATURES INCLUDE A 3.0-liter V-6 engine, all-wheel drive, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, seven-passenger seating, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers.
WE WISH FOR A bit more punch from the engine. Either a turbo option or a larger displacement V-6 would do the trick.
WARRANTY The Outlander comes with a 10-year or 100,000-mile power-train warranty. The broader, new-vehicle warranty is five years or 60,000 miles.
BOTTOM LINE The combination of value pricing and a solid warranty make this a good buy-and-hold option for families who want to purchase a vehicle for years of trouble-free driving.
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