With 2016 coming to an end, 2017 models are hitting showrooms. This means savings and sales on 2016 models to make some room. When it comes to the SUV market, these sporty vehicles aren’t going anywhere, but before the 2016 models disappear, it would be good to jump on an already good deal. The Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC is one of the most well-equipped and affordable 2016 SUV models available.
Powered by a 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC has Mitsubishi’s personal MIVEC or “Variable Valve Timing” system. This is a process that basically improves the vehicle’s performance while optimizing its fuel economy. With a six-speed automatic transmission switching the gears, the Outlander GT produces 224-horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque, and gets 20 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway.
The abbreviation, S-AWC stands for “Super All-Wheel Control,” a system developed for the discontinued Lancer EVO. This would entail that the Outlander can switch between two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD).
What’s Good on the Hood
The Outlander GT S-AWC is the highest trim in the Outlander lineup, so it has all of the features that the other trims have and more. The SUV’s second- and third-row seating provides additional cargo space, with the second row 60/40 split fold seating and the 50/50 flat-fold third row. All of the vehicle’s seats are leather and the front two seats are heated.
There are also GT-exclusive features, such as automatic LED headlights, heated-sideview mirrors with power folding, a power glass sunroof for a little outside air at the touch of a button, a rain-sensing windshield wiper, and silver roof rails for some nice aesthetic appeal.
On the inside, the Outlander GT S-AWC also has an exclusive driver mode selector. This system allows the driver to choose Normal, Snow, Lock, and AWC ECO Mode for various driving conditions. NORMAL engages all-wheel drive, transferring an equal amount of torque to each wheel pending on driving conditions; SNOW offers optimum traction and handling control to the vehicle as a whole when driving over ice, snow, or other slippery surfaces; LOCK engages 4WD all-terrain performance; and AWC ECO engages front-wheel drive, transferring torque to only the front wheels under normal circumstances, but can switch to 4WD automatically when slippery surfaces are encountered.
An amazing sound system is installed in the Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC — a 9-premium speaker with subwoofer sound system by Rockford-Fosgate, complete with brand-exclusive options. The sound can be controlled by audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, or through the 6.1-inch touchscreen display, along with many other apps such as the rearview camera. HD Radio and a 3-month prepaid subscription to Sirius XM radio are included.
Features for added convenience are a must-have for automobiles these days. The Outlander meets the call, with a FUSE Hands-free Link system with USB/iPod functionality, FAST-Key passive entry with panic alarm, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a Homelink universal garage door opener.
As noted, the Outlander GT S-AWC can switch between 2WD and 4WD; all Outlanders also come with ECO Mode, a system that can reduce engine power and save energy with a single switch. It also puts the vehicle in 2WD drive mode; if 4WD conditions were to occur, the system switches back without driver intervention.
Price and Warranty
All of this comes at a starting MSRP of $30,995. Mitsubishi is known to have the best warranties in the auto industry today, and the Outlander GT S-AWC comes with the following coverage: a 5-year or 60,000-mile warranty, a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion warranty, and a 5-year and unlimited-mile roadside assistance plan.