By Asian Journal Auto Editor

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a tough, durable SUV that has a lot of fans here in Canada. It has a reputation as a durable, reliable family orientated SUV that lasts forever. The Outlander is also one of the most competitively priced SUVs you can buy with a third-row seat. Buyers also gain the option of a very fuel efficient hybrid or an increasingly rare V6 engine, as well as a four- cylinder engine choice.

For 2019 the  Mitsubishi Outlander offer some new styling including new headlights, steering and suspension tweaks, new infotainment features, new rear-seat climate control vents, and as standard three-row seating. Technology addition include a bigger 7 inch multifunction screen is standard, along with. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all but the base ES trim level.

The Outlander arrives as three row seater with either a base four cylinder engine, a V6 engine, or as the five-seat Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) which is actually the world’s best-selling plug-in compact hybrid. The PHEV can cruise up to 35 kilometres on electric-only driving, before it switches over the gasoline engine The Outlander PHEV offers a fuel economy figure of electric equivalent of 3.0/3.4/3.2Le/100 km city/highway/combined. However, the subject of our test drive was the V6 engined GT Edition,

For Canada, there are a number of trims models: ES AWC, ES AWC, TOURING, ES AWC PREMIUM, SE AWC, SE AWC BLACK EDITION, SE AWC TOURING, and GT S-AWC. AWD the SE S-AWC and GT S-AWC. The available Touring package on the SE. arrives with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, while the fully loaded GT S-AWC version adds forward collision avoidance with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, a multi-view camera and automatic high beam headlights.

The top-of-the-line GT arrives with V6 engine, which is preferable over the four-cylinder engine in my opinion, you get more acceleration, power and upgraded towing capability. You also get all-wheel drive, leather seats, LED headlights and a Rockford Fosgate audio system. The optional touring package is a good choice as it bundles adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning systems. The base engine in the Outlander is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque) paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Outlander GT S-AWC Crossover SUV GT S-AWC  starting at $38,398 MSRP includes SE AWC with Touring Package equipment plus: – Super All‑Wheel Control (S‑AWC) – Leather‑appointed seats – Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) – Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and power liftgate, LED headlights and foglights, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera system, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Exclusive standard features on the GT include a 3.0-liter V6 (224 hp, 215 lb-ft) paired with a conventional six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive, chrome exterior beltline accents and steering-wheel shift paddles. Inside the Mitsubishi offers a neat cabin with some thoughtful design touches. Comfortable leather seats are comfortable and the first two seat rows offer plenty of space for adults, the second-row seats folds in a three-step process, while the third-row seating, like almost every third row option I know, is suited more to kids. The rear cargo areas offers 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 63.3 cubic feet with all seats folded. The Outlander 2.4L is rated to tow 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. Opt for the V6-powered Outlander GT and you can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

On the road, the Mitsubishi offers a high driving position and great visibility. The V6 offers plenty of grunt with good acceleration. The steering is a light for around-town driving, and for better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is a surprisingly tight 34.8 feet. The Outlander tracks very well on the highway, while Mitsubishi’s all-wheel-drive system Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) will take care of nasty weather or road conditions. The S—AWC features four different modes (Eco, Normal, Snow, and Lock) with Lock being the high-traction mode for off-road driving. Buyers should note- Mitsubishi’s excellent 10-year/160,000 km Powertrain Limited Warranty, 5-year/100,000 km New Vehicle Limited Warranty, 5- year/Unlimited km Roadside Assistance is among the auto industries best. The Outlander is mighty impressive and well worth considering if you needs a high quality SUV. Consider the PHEV outlander is fuel consideration is must. Top marks and highly recommended.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander priced from $29,198 – $38,398. Mitsubishi Outlander V6 GT priced from $38,398.