BY ERICK WOKABI: The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, GF8W model. This vehicle comes with the 2400cc 4B12 Petrol engine, and the INVECS III CVT gearbox supplied by JATCO. (Plug in Hybrid options PHEV are available, a diesel option and even a 2000 cc petrol but we are not going to tackle those) The GF8W is the most popular in Kenya.)
Crossover SUVs are a favorite to many in the Kenyan automobile market due to their practicality. They can comfortably carry a family, have commendable fuel economy and can access places where saloon cars, minivans and sedans cannot.
The Mazda CX-5 and the Subaru Forester are two crossover SUVs whose popularity has grown immensely over the last 2 years.
There is however one Crossover that is often left out in the conversation; the Mitsubishi Outlander.
It is priced between Ksh 2.15 million to Ksh. 2.3 million price being dependent on an array of factors. It is around the same price with the Petrol CX-5 but cheaper compared to the Forester.
The unique selling points of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander:
- It comes as a 7 sitter (Standard)
- It has very good fuel economy for a 2400cc compared to it’s rivals the Forester, CX-5 and Honda CR-V.
- One thing I really love about the Outlander I that it comes with very attractive interiors.
- It’s All Wheel Drive system is significantly capable compared to that of the rivals. The CX-5 has a below per AWD system whereas that of the Forester is a force to reckon with.
- It is very safe and has very impressive safety ratings. It also has Mitsubishi’s FCM (Front Collision Mitigation) system which warns you of impending collisions and even pedestrians at close range. It is equivalent to Subaru’s eyesight System.
Where does the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander FAIL on?
- Despite having very good fuel economy; it is a lazy vehicle. To me it is under powered.
- The third row of seats is very uncomfortable for adults. It is best suited for kids.
- Compared to it’s competitors; it’s boot space is smaller so giving you less room for cargo.