The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC was provided through DriveShop for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and are honest.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC

First Impressions! You Know What They Say….

“Oh! That’s a nice car!” These are the words that jumped out of my throat the instant my eyes connected with the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC. This mid-size crossover’s first impression on me was a genuinely appealing one. Decked out in a quartz brown exterior it definitely looked damn good parked in front of our house.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC

It had just arrived courtesy of DriveShop and the rep was eager to give me my first official tour. I knew very little about all that the well-equipped 2017 Outlander had in store. Little did I know that over the next 7 days we’d put all of what this SUV had in store to full use. Grinning, I walked down our home’s pathway towards the curb eager to get my introduction.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC

A Look Inside

“Ok, so what do we have here?”, I thought as I looked over the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior from the driver’s seat. My quick scan spotted more than a few quality features that I liked. A heated steering wheel along with heated front seats. Three rows of leather seating to accommodate 7 passengers. Each seat in the second row can slide forward or backwards to adjust for leg room. A Sunroof. SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC

Drive Modes & Music

The rep chimed in and pointed out that the 7-inch touch screen display comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The premium audio system is a Rockford-Fosgate 9-speaker monster that pumps out 710 watts. He made sure to mention that the Outlander GT 3.0 S-AWC only takes Premium gasoline. He also highlighted the 4 driving modes that can be adjusted at the push of a button: Eco, Normal, All-Wheel Control ECO, Snow. The last mode would definitely come in handy because the new year’s first winter storm was about to hit the Tri-State.

Smile For The Camera

And here’s something I hadn’t seen before. The reverse camera not only gives a view of what is behind you, but it also gives a 360-degree overhead view of the entire car as you maneuver into a parking space. The multi-view system has cameras attached to the bottom of the side mirrors.  These additional cameras offer an accurate look of the Outlander in relation to your surroundings as viewed from above. It’s like you are looking down from the sky as you pull in closer to the curb or center yourself in between the lines of a parking space. It’s an optional feature, but it is impressive and definitely worth having.

2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC


“Ok, so what do we have here?”, turned into “So this is a Mitsubishi?!?! Niiiice!”  The 2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC was pristine. It arrived at our house with barely 800 miles on the odometer. Key in hand, there was only one thing left to do….

Let’s Ride

Kim and I had a brand new car. We had tickets to a stand-up comedy show. We had a babysitter lined up. Friday night! Date night! We’re all set. Times Square here we come. Let’s ride. Cutting through New York City rush hour traffic on our way to Caroline’s On Broadway was not stressful at all. The Outlander rides smoothly and its V6 engine gives good acceleration even in Eco driving mode.

Besides, why stress? We were about to see D. L. Hughley headline. Kim and I knew we were in for a hilarious evening and D. L. didn’t disappoint. The jokes were witty, rapid-fire, and current. Afterwards, we stopped in Times Square for a photo opp with the Outlander 3.0 GT under Broadway’s bright lights.

2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC Grand Central Station NYC

Winter Is Coming!

A Winterfell Nor’easter

We woke up the next morning to a scene out of Game of Thrones. Outside looked like we were living beyond the wall. (I’m a late comer to G.O.T. Just started watching over the holiday and I couldn’t resist the reference.) It snowed from early Saturday morning all the way into the next day. Our neighborhood was blanketed. We had gotten the city and highway driving out of the way the day before. Time to throw the 2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC into Snow mode and see how it handles.

Snow Mode

Snow or no snow I still had to head out for groceries. But not even a throwback to Winterfell phased this crossover. Heated seats on high. Heated steering wheel on. I set the Outlander into Snow driving mode and set off for the market. The snowfall was still heavy. I felt safe though the entire time behind the wheel. I didn’t have one hiccup with how the Outlander in its snow driving mode handled the slick road conditions.

The Stay-Out-Of-Harm’s-Way Gadget

One more of the 2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AW’s features helped me in the face of the drastically reduced visibility. I called it the stay-out-of-harm’s-way gage. Mitsubishi officially calls it Forward Collision Mitigation. In a nutshell, it’s a warning system that helps you to avoid piling into the rear fender of the car in front of you.

You select the “cushion” you want the Outlander to monitor as you trail the cars in front of you. If the distance between you and the other vehicles creeps into your selected “safe zone” then you’ll get an alert. It definitely came in handy. I witnessed several cars in front of me slide as they struggled to maintain their grip in the foul winter weather. The Outlander’s alert kicked in each time to mitigate a forward collision and keep me out of harm’s way.

Final Impression

The lease on the mid-size SUV we currently drive expires in the fall. This experience with the 2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC​ gave Kim and me a legitimate option to consider as we begin to look at what’s on the market. 

MSRP for this 2017​ ​Mitsubishi​ ​Outlander​ ​3.0​ ​GT​ ​S-AWC $34,090.00

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The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC was provided through DriveShop for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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If super dad and husband had a face, David's would be it. He's an insurance agent by day, and full-time husband and dad of one. He loves spending time with his family, traveling, eating, sports (Let's Go Spurs) and enjoying a great craft beer with family and friends. He prides himself on being a natural wordsmith, and most would say he has the gift of gab.
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  • Kasi Perkins

    Very nice ride! Love all the features it has to offer!

  • Tiffani G.

    As a new driver, those safety features would definitely come in handy! The aerial view camera would be great for parallel parking.

  • Beautiful pictures, this SUV looks like a fabulous ride for any family. I didn’t know that Mitsubishi was still making cars.

    • David S.

      Elle I think I am as surprised as you. I knew Mitsubishi was still making cars but I didn’t know that they made cars like this. I was really impressed. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Tomiko Harvey

    I just test drove this as well!! Great SUV!! Love how it drove and the features

    • David S.

      For the price with the all-in features Mitsubishi offers a lot of bang for the buck. I was impressed too.

  • I love how you have pictures for all types of scenes. This is a gorgeous car.

    • David S.

      Thank you for reading. I was blocking traffic and hopping out at red lights trying to get good shots. Glad you enjoyed them.

  • everythingcurvyandchic

    Now thats my kind of car, I might just have to look into this one. currently on the car hunt.

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading. What other cars are you looking at?

  • Nice wheels. I miss the smell of new, well cared for vehicle. And D.L. Hughley to boot? Sounds like a fantastic time!

    • David S.

      Thank you for reading Keisha. We had a good time with this car and enjoyed the show! Go check out D. L. if he’s in your town. He’s hilarious.

  • LaQuisha Hall

    I love SUVs! This has great features! I would love this for Maryland weather!

  • Jonna

    I really love the Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s the perfect not-too-big-not-too-small SUV. They thought of all the best features too.

  • I have experienced this vehicle and it is very nice. I love all of the safety features they’ve come up with.

  • Kirstin Fuller

    That’s an attractive SUV. That aerial camera view should be standard, it’s amazing and so helpful. I love a heated steering wheel too, there’s nothing else like it!

  • Chardline Chanel-Faiteau

    But can we talk about that interior?!?! IT’S EVERYTHING! SUV’s have always been my thing.

  • L.C. @ A Life of Authenticity

    That is a nice ride! And oh how I love a smart car and all the safety features are great! Thanks for sharing.

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. There were a lot more features that could have been highlighted that were left out for the sake of not having a lengthy post. The Outlander impressed.

  • Kemkem

    OMG it looks awesome and this is the perfect color too. I love all the gadgets in the car and l think it’s not your mom’s old SUV :-). I want it!!!

    • David S.

      The color is the first thing that jumped out to me. This is a really slick car inside and out. Thanks for reading.

  • The Collision Mitigation must be made a compulsory feature in all cars!

    • David S.

      That little feature is helpful in any situation: slick conditions, city driving, on the highway, at night, etc. You’re right about the compulsory part.

  • marciaf

    This car looks wonderful and the price is great for an SUV. I’d love the cameras to help me park. I wouldn’t love the premium gas though because it’s become so much higher than regular.

    • David S.

      Having to fill up with premium gas each time would make me think twice too but it’s such a nice car for the price. A lot of bang for the buck.

    • Karl Massia-Demers

      You don’t have to put premium gas at all. I’ve been running my 2016 GT on regular gas and I’m getting the same fuel economy as premium gas. The compression ratios are identical on the 2.4L and the 3.0L engines and yet, the 2.4 recommends regular gas.

  • This has great features!! I’m in the market for a new SUV but this one a little too much room for me. I will definitely check out a smaller Mitsubishi though!

    • David S.

      Mitsubishi also has the Outlander Sport which is smaller than this one. We also gotten the chance over the past year to drive some cars from Mazda’s line up. Check out the CX-5 too.

  • This is such a great SUV. I always love SUVs.

    • David S.

      The Outlander has a lot of bang for the buck. There were a ton more features we could’ve mentioned too. We may be in this car by year’s end.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Impressive! I love the look of the car, but what I really love is the 4 different weather modes. I could really use that. My SUV has a snow mode, but because the car is old, it is rudimentary and rather useless. I’ll remember Mitsubishi. Your neighborhood looks fab and reminds me a bit of my friend’s ‘hood in Yonkers. Are you further out in Westchester?

    • David S.

      Thanks for reading Allison and thank you for the compliment. No we’re not in Westchester. We’re out on Long Island.

  • The safety features for this SUV are definitely worth me having to look into this vehicle a little more since I am currently weighing my options for a larger and family friendly car.
    These photos look like a car commercial by the way lol.

    • David S.

      Can honestly say Mitsubishi did their thing with this car.

  • Love all the features this SUV offers… it’s also not to masculine and sporty.

    • Beauty and the Bump

      We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it was both the exterior and exterior, and the features are awesome.