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#977 of 986 Win a 2014 Outlander
Jun 07, 2013 (5:50 pm)
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I'll cross-post this to the Mitsu News thread.
#978 of 986 Checked out the '14 Outlander GT this morning
Jun 08, 2013 (9:24 am)
I was at the dealer this morning for my semi-annual oil change this morning. Also did a tire rotation which I wind up doing about every other oil change based on my relatively low mileage.
While waiting, I ran into my salesman who showed me a Cosmic Blue Metallic '14 Outlander GT. Sticker with destination was just over $35K. As I'm not in the market I didn't ask for a test drive, but here are some impressions after spending about 20 minutes with the car.
- New grill/front end: Looks nice in person. Not overly aggressive or overly styled like some other carmakers are doing.
- Overall body: I haven't checked the specs but it looks a little bit bigger. The aero tweaks are there and I think they work well. It's an attractive if, again, less aggressive look.
- Rear hatch: The split hatch is gone. But in it's place is a new power hatch so convenience is up overall. There's a small lip, probably under an inch, between the bottom of the opening & the cargo floor.
- Cargo area: The spare is still underneath so cargo room is not affected. The 3rd row (standard) is greatly improved & simplified. It's no longer a Chinese puzzle to put up/take town. Just grab 1 tether & pull. Headrests are by default detached and store in a small tray under the cargo floor; very easy access & you can use the tray for other items as well. There's a pocket on the right that should hold a gallon of milk & keep it upright. The subwoofer housing is smaller/less intrusive.
- 3rd row seats: As I said, it's a huge improvement. It's also split so you can seat 6 & still haul a decent amount of cargo.
- 2nd row: Mixed bag here. It's still split 60/40 and still slides forward and reclines. There's still a center fold-down armrest but it's not quite as nice as the outgoing model. The seats slide forward easily to allow better 3rd row access. The seatbacks now fold flat but the mechanism is more complicated: flip the seat bottom forward, lock the seat in place (lever), remove the headrest, flip the seatback forward. Headrests are conveniently stowed on the flipped forward seat bottom.
- Front seats: largely unchanged. Seat heater buttons have been moved to the console between the seats so they're easier to press. The arm rest/storage area is basically the same size but is now 1 area (the upper small tray is gone). The AV RCA jacks are gone but the USB & 12V power port remain. The travel tissue holder & pen clip remain as well.
- Dash & IP: The gauge cluster is pretty similar but the IP & rest of dash have been totally reworked. Everything looks far more upscale. The black plastic trim even has some metallic flakes; a nice touch. HVAC controls are dual-zone with easy to operate, logical controls.
- Stereo & Navi: The Rockford-Fosgate 710 watt unit doesn't get a bump in power but the features & interface have been modernized. The hard drive has been replaced with an SD card slot. Maps are stored on a second (user-accessible) SD card. Radio now does HD and has DTS and other updates. The UI is more attractive, not only the buttons but the on-screen displays. Screen is 6.1"; I'd have preferred 7-8" for the Navi but that's a minor nit.
- Misc.: We did start the engine; the AC came on strong & cold. The door cupholders are now upright v. angled. The sunroof appears unchanged; some will say too small. The drive mode selector (Tarmac-Snow-Gravel) has been replaced by a button. Front center cupholders are now in front of the shift lever, reducing but not eliminating the storage cubby. Emergency key storage (in case the fob battery dies) is now in the cubby & not the glovebox. Steering wheel controls are better integrated.
- Adaptive Cruise Control & Lane Departure Warning controls were there so the promised features have been delivered.
Overall I'd say it's a major upgrade. I'm still waiting for the PHEV edition, which my salesman said would be released in September. He said that the PHEV should command about an $8K premium so I'd have to do the math to see what the payback would be.
#979 of 986 Re: Checked out the '14 Outlander GT this morning [fushigi]
Jun 13, 2013 (7:12 pm)
35K plus tax for an Outtie is getting into the BMW X-1 range.. .I'm going to be looking to trade my '07 XLS 4WD for a new ride in January.. I still love my 07 with 80K on the clock however, the trade value will still be good with only 80K because of the transferable 100K drive train warranty...If I can do a deal for a V6 4WD leather at around 31K or so, I will strongly consider purchasing a 2014 Outtie..
#980 of 986 Re: Checked out the '14 Outlander GT this morning [solowalker]
Jun 14, 2013 (2:41 am)
Keep in mind the $35K is for a fully loaded Outlander - AWD, V6, Navi, Sun-n-sound, leather, etc.
The X1 is smaller; the X3 would be the right BMW to compare with and it starts almost $40K for a base. That's for their turbo 4 cyl which gets worse gas mileage. There are other differences, like the Outlander's 7 seat capacity and higher payload rating & BMW's use of expensive run-flat tires.
The base Outlander is $23K.
#981 of 986 Re: Checked out the '14 Outlander GT this morning [fushigi]
Jun 14, 2013 (4:59 am)
Yes, I hear you on the BMW specs...I live in the mountains and a Beemer is a bit too delicate for the use I give to a vehicle...I use my Outtie as a combination 4WD Jeep and a travel machine..The Outtie is tough as nails in the back country and after almost 7 years the only thing that went wrong with my ride so far is the radiator drain plug cracking and coming loose...I hate the third row seating though...I wanted to remove it but it required too much work...Hopefully, they will have a 2014 V6 without the third row seating...
#982 of 986 Re: Checked out the '14 Outlander GT this morning [solowalker]
Jun 15, 2013 (3:56 am)
Well, Mitsu made it standard, probably to help stand apart from some of the competition and to serve as an alternative to those who might otherwise opt for a larger SUV.
And the 14 Outlander's 3rd row is redesigned & much improved. Just pull it up and slap on the headrests if desired. Equally easy to stow. Access to it is better as well since the 2nd row seats slide forward more. Check it out the next time you drive by a dealer.
I think I'd read that the PHEV edition will be a 5-seater as they have to put the battery somewhere. Not the solution you're after but something you might consider, especially if gas/operating costs are a concern.
The only problem my '10 GT has had was an underperforming AC compressor that was replaced under warranty. I should cross 31K miles by the end of the day so I admit I don't rack 'em up that fast but it's reliability is about as good as possible.
#983 of 986 Is $500 over invoice a good deal?
Oct 18, 2013 (8:36 pm)
My dad bought a 14 Outlander SE AWD for $500 over invoice (before fees and taxes) with the 0% finance. Did he get a good deal? He didn't qualify for any of the other discounts.
#984 of 986 Re: Is $500 over invoice a good deal? [sierram]
Oct 19, 2013 (8:47 am)
Yes. If the invoice price is a true price. However, that's often used as a sales pitch. You can check the true price on edmunds or other similar sites (Kelly's Blue Book).
Since it's a "done deal," enjoy the car. Hope he gets many good years out of it as I still am from my '09 XLS, virtually trouble free.... just routine maintenance-brakes, tires, filters, and after 5 years, a battery.
#985 of 986 Re: Is $500 over invoice a good deal? [71alfa]
Oct 19, 2013 (3:06 pm)
You are correct 71alfa
I was mistaken and the deal wasn't actually "done".
I managed to find the true dealer cost for our vehicle and we would've paid $1000 over dealer cost if we stuck to the old dealer.
We managed to get our refund back and another dealer offered to beat their price by about $700. I guess it pays to shop around.
Go to Grava Mitsubishi in Medford, MA if you want a fair and honest dealership.