2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL: Budget Three-Row SUV
The trend in the marketplace for 3-row sport utility vehicles is to keep adding more and more features, more advanced powertrains and tons of technology. What Mitsubishi has done is take all of that away, and give you all the rows with none of the frills. While some might miss all the luxury and technology, others will appreciate the price point of this truck.
While you can order the SEL trim with lane-departure warning, emergency braking and adaptive cruise, our test vehicle had the less-expensive ‘Premium’ package. It still gives you the 710-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, but leaves off the safety features. The $30k price tag is a bargain in its class. Unfortunately, there are some compromises, starting with the engine, which just doesn’t have enough power for this big of a vehicle. The AWD drags down the acceleration too, leaving it pretty anemic in a straight line. The top-of-the-range GT version has a 3.0-Liter V6, so if you need some power, go with that version.
You do at least get Apple Car Play and Android Auto, so there’s plenty of connectivity with your favorite device. There is a limited amount of power ports and chargers, and one of the charge ports didn’t work on our test car, so that was a bit disappointing. As prevalent as handheld devices are in our lives these days, we need ample charging to keep them going while we’re on the go…