It’s definitely winter here in the Bronx- bomb cyclone and all. So we’re throwing it back to the first snow of this season in December when we had the chance to spend a week in the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Being that we love to take weekend trips throughout all of the seasons, it was a great chance to see how the Outlander handles in the snow. With the new 2018 model, you might notice some updates to the front and rear bumper design, as well as a new middle console design. For our review, we checked out the Outlander in the Labrador Black Metallic color.
First, here are some standard features accross the board in all models of Outlander (not including the GT 3.0 AWC standard features):
With seating for 7, the Outlander came in handy when we headed to Radio City Music Hall with my niece and nephew for our annual Christmas Spectacular tradition. While a claustrophobic person like myself would not have done well in this third row seating, it’s the perfect size for kids or the occasional guest. And when not in use, gives ample space for winter gear when the seats are down.
Speaking of winter gear- on another day with the Outlander we packed up our sleds and headed to Crotona Park for a fun afternoon of sledding. It was nice to jump back inside and get warm right away, before heading home to enjoy some hot cocoa. With the dual-zone climate control, we were able to keep it a bit warmer in the back (since my youngest has to take her coat off to be properly strapped in her car seat).
As for the inside, the black leather interior might need a good dusting at times, but it was so easy to wipe down-including those little snow boot footprints on the back of my seat!
When it comes to safety, the blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist all give both driver and passengers peace of mind when venturing out in all types of weather. With the highest five-star rating for the AWD model, safety is definitely priority when choosing a family vehicle, and the Outlander does not disappoint.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also makes it easy to connect your own music or jam out to the Backstreet Boys when flipping through stations- much to the hubby’s dismay.
And like with most Mitsubishi models, they have kept the interior fairly simple while many competitive models have gone for more of a luxurious look and feel these days. It’s really all up to the driver’s taste and expectations.
Overall we had a great week with the 2018 Outlander GT and found that it handled quite well in the snow. It was not as powerful as some of the other crossovers we’ve reviewed- and did seem to eat up a bit more gas at 25 CITY/30 HWY, but for a 7 passenger vehicle in the city it got the job done. Not to mention how sleek it looked as the black and silver peeked out through the fresh white snow.
For more information about the Mitsubishi Outlander GT, visit www.mitsubishicars.com.