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It’s no surprise the 2014 Outlander is attractive on the eyes with its sleek, aerodynamic design. However, Mitsubishi knew there was more to the design than just good looks. They put a lot of time and research to make sure their design would be adding benefit to the driver.
The front fascia is accentuated by a more urbane design that emphasizes aerodynamic efficiently as much as eye-catching appeal- an engineering necessity in these days of high fuel prices and increased fuel economy mandates. Greatly aiding fuel efficiency of this captivating crossover is a wind-cheating advanced aerodynamic exterior design that is 7% more aerodynamically-efficient as well as a lightweight body that is 200 pounds lighter than that of the car it replaces. Because of this design, the Outlander can offer an impressive estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg hwy.
The exterior offers a more modern, new-age design compared to most crossovers in its class. The Copper colored paint drew me in and I couldn’t wait to see if the interior was just as impressive.
The 2014 Outlander is equipped to hold 7 passengers. I didn’t get a chance to test out the third row but from what I noticed it is quite compact back there. I would definitely recommend putting a small child back there verses an adult. Once the third row is down, the cargo area opens up and offers lots of storage space.
The second row seating is spacious and offered ample leg room for my children without having to comprise leg room for the driver and front passengers— a necessity for parents.
One thing I would have liked to have seen installed in the back would have been either an AC outlet or 12 volt outlet. This makes long car rides easier— kids can power up their handheld gaming devices and adults can charge their phones.
The front center console offers lots of room for parent’s on the go. I don’t know about you, but I tend to store wet wipes, band-aids, sunblock, snacks, and any necessity item we may need in my center console. I love that I can fit everything I need inside the Outlander’s.
Inside you will also find a USB outlet as well as a 12 volt power outlet.
I love that Mitsubishi doesn’t comprise safety. As a parent, this is a huge factor. There are several safety features Mitsubishi added to the 2014 Outlander that I just have to brag about.
I was highly impressed with Lane Departure Warning system. It’s amazing (and a bit scary) to realize you had drifted slightly into another lane without knowing. Not only does a little sound signal go off to warn you, but this signal will illuminate as well.
Other safety features include:
- Forward Collision Mitigation: detects obstructions in front of you and will automatically warn and brake without driver input.
- Adaptive Cruise Control- a sensor in the front grille measures the distance between you and the car in front of you, allowing you to choose between three different following distances
- Rain-Sensing Windshield– Car detects when water has hit the windshield and will automatically wipe. No need to take your hands off the steering wheel.
- Rearview Camera– Reversing has never been easier and safer with the installed camera.
Mitsubishi is also trying to lower their carbon footprint and become more environmentally-friendly with features like the new HVAC interior heating/cooling system and Eco-mode. The HVAC interior heating/cooling system minimizes energy consumption, while ECO-mode helps to reduce fuel consumption by slightly reducing engine power on initial acceleration as well as the airflow volume of the air conditioning.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $22,995 and is avaliable with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system. You can learn more by visiting their website at: www.mitsubishicars.com/outlander
Disclosure: I received a car to test for a week for review purposes. All opinions are my own.