2003 Mitsubishi Diamante VR-X Road Test | CarParts.com

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T he Diamante has an battle to fight in order win and the sporty VR-X version is attempt to get people talking their flagship sedan.

new car shopper has a wide variety to from when considering a sedan. The new Honda Accord, Taurus, Buick LeSabre and overlooked Nissan Maxima all attractive exteriors combined proven V6 engines that, as a offer at least 200 hp.

So where the Diamante VR-X fit in todays competitive sedan market? The is bit of a mystery; it is a great-looking car that more sport than the but falls short of the Maximas 255 hp

TheVR-X is a sporty rendition of the and in many ways it succeeds. The offers sporty seats and along with an extra 5 over the more sedate ES. And yet even the rather pedestrian Accord can now be had with a 240 hp V6. Granted, is more to a sport sedan just power, but with its pretensions, the Diamante VR-X short with its mid-pack 210 hp

There was a time when 210 hp was than enough to win accolades the public and journalists alike. The Vision TSi offered 215 hp and that was by the press as being a fast and fun with power to spare. change, the Diamante hasnt.

One area where the VR-X is exterior styling. Yes, the rear wing could be excessive, and perhaps only attention to the fact that is trying too hard to get us to see the Diamante as but overall the car is quite stylish. behind a clear cover are reminiscent of BMW, and the squared add a modern touch to an aging

Alloy wheels are expected the VR-Xs price tag and sporty but the chosen wheels lack

Inside the Diamante is a cabin veers more toward than luxury; still the seats are comfortable and welcoming wide seat bottoms offer some support. the Diamante is not a small car in overall the interior seems less than expected. Rear are comfortable, but lack adequate for most normal sized

The driving position is rather Legs are close to the pedals, arms are outstretched to reach the wheel. The sporty steering on the VR-X has a nice fat grip but the radio controls that are on the LS model.

There are plenty of looking surfaces, but closer reveals them to be little than painted plastic. uses this same its fine on a less expensive but the VR-X can run above $28,000. white-faced gauges with a red work well, and the Infiniti system sounds better average.

On the road, the VR-X every bit the sport sedan it is to be. Steering is quick and precise and is predictable and light, but lacks the precision of a Lexus IS or BMW 3-series. is brisk, and the automatic transmission perfectly geared for all driving from open highway to heel and toe sprinting.

The 3.5-liter V6 has a nice exhaust not normally found on mid-size The Diamantes tires seem too to allow the car to really shine in the arena. Wider or more oriented tires could change the character of the VR-X. The fun is there, but the tires are not up to the task. car feels, acts and drives a European sport sedan, a budget sport sedan an Opel or Fiat.

The Diamante do one thing really well, but for doing many things

Mitsubishi Diamante

Highway driving is pleasant as is little wind noise at Road noise is more than it should be, but its not irritating if this were intended to be a car, more sound would be required. Ride on the open highway is a bit choppy.

Again, a luxury car would as a result, but the sport-oriented VR-X compromises between sport and that, in the long run, are it.

The Diamantes snappy handling, linear power and non-generic alone are reason enough to a test drive. With and Nissan offering V6 powered with well over 200 hp, its to see the Diamante VR-Xs advantage in an competitive market, on the other there is something to be said for and individuality.

Somewhere between sport and true luxury the Mitsubishi Diamante VR-X, a spunky car that no one seems to about. A loaded Diamante is retail priced at about That is similar in price to a XLE, Maxima SE or a loaded V6.

If you abhor the thought of seeing new car in everyone elses driveway, opt for the If buying the 6 th maroon Camry on block doesnt bother then youll likely not any reason to consider a Diamante. line; bargain hard on the then use the saving to buy some wheels and tires.

The combination of wheels, cool sounding (straight from the factory you), and the Diamantes sleek will really set this car from the crowd.


Do you any feedback on the Diamante VR-X? Any or experiencesof your own?

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