Yes, Mitsubishi still builds cars. Haven’t noticed? Perhaps that’s because, aside from the mighty EVO, Mitsu’s products have been rather unremarkable in recent years. But alas, the massive Japan-based automobile and electronics manufacturer is still making cars, and the redesigned Outlander GT crossover is the freshest of the lot. So while I’m not so fond of its “Marty the Martian” face or its porky body, I decided to give it a chance to win me over with its spacious cabin, bevy of new safety and convenience features and supposed quality improvements.
Alas, it let me down hard. While I love its performance oriented all wheel drive system and shift paddles on the steering column, well, this just ain’t the kind of car you want to paddle-shift, you know? The plasticky interior is also disappointing, especially as all of Mitsu’s competitors from Hyundai to Toyota have really stepped up their games. And the third-row seat is uninhabitable even by the tiniest of pocket-gays. Factor in the eye-watering price of my V6 powered tester (nearly $35K!) and you can see why I say that when it comes when it comes to Mitsubishi, it’s best to stick with TVs. At least for now.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Base Price (including destination): $28,620; As Tested: $34,720
Power: 3.0-liter V-6 (224 hp, 215 lb-ft of torque)
Tranny: 6-speed automatic with manual shift control
Fuel Economy, city/hwy: 20/28 mpg
Or you could buy:
Renowned automotive journalist and gay car geek Steve Siler has turned his life-long love of cars into an enthusiastic career traveling the world to report on new automobiles as they are introduced. Siler pioneered automotive writing for the LGBT community in the late 1990s and is a regular contributor to Car and Driver Magazine, AutoTrader.com, AOL Autos, Yahoo! Autos, and the New York Daily News. You can follow his musings @silerroad on Twitter.