Mitsubishi Outlander GT-S AWC Highlights
The SUV market has become one tough cookie in recent years. Plenty of great choices keep coming out, car manufacturers are out doing the models of last year, and every five- or seven-seater out there has all the goodies to attract a new driver. The trick is finding a happy medium between an affordable price and features; usually, one is sacrificed for the other. The Mitsubishi Outlander has something to say about that.
Mitsubishi Outlander GT-S AWC
The GT S-AWC is the most high-end trim for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, and it’s MSRP is just a little over $30,000. That’s not very common when it comes to the best trim in the lineup, so we’re already looking at a deal. It’s a 3-row vehicle, so plenty of seats, and as with all high-end trims, it’s got the best toys. Let’s take a quick look at what we have here.
Under the hood of the Outlander GT S-AWC is a 3.0L MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6. Normally, an engine with a SOHC or “Single Overhead Camshaft” can be outdone by an engine with a DOHC, but with an SUV, the common driver isn’t looking for power, they’re looking for practicality. Plus, “MIVEC” is the name for Mitsubishi’s own variable valve timing (VVT) engine technology, a system that increases engine performance and optimizes fuel efficiency.
With a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine configuration generates 224-horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. For an SUV, the mileage is pretty nice too, with 20/27 MPG city/highway. In case you’re wondering, S-AWC stands for “Super All Wheel Control”, originally developed for the 2007 Lancer Evolution, now discontinued. The Outlander is able to benefit from this development, and offers it as an option for all of its trims.
Exterior and Interior
As noted, being the high-end trim, the GT S-AWC has it all, so let’s look at what really stands above, outside and in. The GT series comes standard with LED headlights that turn on/off automatically; power folding, heated-sideview mirrors; a power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close functionality; a rain-sensing windshield wiper and de-icer; and silver roof rails for a little bit of style. All this rides on 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, the standard for all trims.
The Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC is the only trim with a drive mode selector, able to switch between Normal, Snow, Lock, and AWC ECO Mode, giving the Outlander the ability to adapt safely to tricky conditions. NORMAL engages all-wheel drive; SNOW offers optimum traction and handling control to the vehicle when driving through slippery surfaces; LOCK engages 4WD all-terrain performance; and AWC ECO engages front-wheel drive, but can switch to 4WD automatically when slippery surfaces are encountered.
It is outfitted with leather trim for the seating, door armrest, gear shift, and steering wheel, a luxury shared amongst most trims like automatic climate control, 60/40 2nd row split-fold down seats and 50/50 3rd row flat-fold for storage and cargo space. The front seats on the GT are also heated, a nice little feature for cold nights.
For the best entertainment system in the Outlander lineup, the GT S-AWC comes standard with a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system with 9 speakers, a subwoofer, and several exclusive options, with steering wheel mounted audio controls. A 6.1-inch touchscreen with rearview camera also comes standard, as does HD Radio, a 3-month prepaid subscription to Sirius XM radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink universal garage door opener.
For convenience, the FUSE Hands-free Link system with USB/iPod functionality has been installed. FAST-Key passive entry with panic alarm and a power liftgate have also been installed into the Outlander GT S-AWC, and like all trims, it has an ECO Mode switch to reduce engine power and save energy while driving. In addition, Eco Mode switches the vehicle into two-wheel drive, improving fuel economy. If four-wheel drive conditions appear, the vehicle will switch back automatically.
Having the best duration for warranties on the market, Mitsubishi has placed a 5-year/60,000 mile warranty on the Outlander GT S-AWC, along with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion coverage, and unlimited roadside assistance for five years.