2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD Review

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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2007 Mitsubishi LS 4WD

Does Mitsubishi have an crisis? When its name is some people think of like the Montero, while think of the Lancer Evolution rally replica.

If so, the company is hard to blend the best of sides of its reputation. With its 2007 Outlander, Mitsubishi has an SUV with a rally car. A claim? You’d be forgiven for so, as performance and handling are not usually with a crossover SUV.

But the new which shares little the name with the original, the chassis platform that underly the next-generation Lancer and its four-wheel drive system is more for traction and cornering on than traditional four-wheeling. In the and competitive mid-size, middle-class field, the 2007 Mitsubishi stands out by virtue of its sporty

Compared to the old vehicle with the name, the new version is noticeably and very well-equipped. There are trim levels in the lineup, ES, LS, and Unlike most entries in the there are no four-cylinder models. All are powered by a 3.0-liter, 220-horsepower V6, with a six-speed automatic with Sportronic manual-shift

Four-wheel antilock disc rollover-sensing side airbags, air power windows, mirrors, and remote keyless entry, control, an odor-absorbing headliner, a AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, a split folding second-row 9 cupholders and 13 storage compartments, and a flap-down tailgate are standard on all Outlanders. The roof panel is to reduce weight and lower the of gravity.

The ES comes as a front-drive only, while the LS and XLS may be had with the Control (AWC) multimode drive system, which front or full-time all-wheel with electronic traction and control for optimum power-to-ground and handling ability in all weather and conditions.

A recent week a four-wheel drive Outlander LS me surprised and impressed. Like its it was roomy and functional. Unlike of its peers, it was also fun to drive, on roads usually considered suited to it cousin the Lancer

And that traction and poise come in handy for safety and on slipperier surfaces as well, they be dirt or gravel or snow. In the new Outlander, Mitsubishi has put into sport-utility.

APPEARANCE: In the second-generation Outlander is more than the original. Gone is the nose treatment, replaced by a small trapezoidal grill a larger intake in the front fascia. Multi-element headlights are with plastic fairings.

The shape has typical proportions, rounded corners and edges, and an roofline. Exaggerated wheel give a muscular look, and are by the large wheels and tires. Red LED with clear covers a sporty look to the rear. The sits high, but not too high for access.

Ground clearance, at 8.5 should be more than for the Outlander’s pavement and improved-road

COMFORT: The new Outlander’s larger makes for welcome extra inside. The interior look is to sports car than sport-utility, in color with contrasting silver plastic trim. sports seats and an instrument that Mitsubishi calls complete the look.

The manually-adjustable front seats are as as they look, and offer than average support for the price class. The rear is by no means second-class accommodation, and it folds flat with a split for cargo carrying. The XLS a third row seat that flat into the cargo and optional leather seating and power driver’s seat.

But the in my LS was fine, and a third row in a vehicle size is usually useful for small children. The Outlander’s usefulness is further enhanced by a of storage spaces, with storage in the top of the dash, a twin-level locking glovebox, and split-level box the largest. All doors have and bottle holders, with – and more storage and power points – placed throughout the interior.

The uses a catalyzing substance to cigarette smoke and formaldehyde water and carbon dioxide. The new load floor is eight lower than that of the for easier loading and unloading. A tailgate, with a lower that folds down to access (and provide for tailgate parties and the like) in to the regular top-hinged top section, improves access.

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SAFETY: Dual front with a passenger-seat occupant seat-mounted side airbags, and and second-row side curtain are found in the Outlander LS, as are four-wheel disc brakes with brake-force distribution and a tire-pressure system.

RIDE AND HANDLING: has extensive heritage in the the most forms of motor sports WRC rallying, with the Lancer Evo in its iterations, and the Dakar Rally, an event in North Africa has recently been dominated by vehicles. Lessons learned in forms of competition have applied to the new Outlander’s next-generation Impact Safety Evolution chassis.

It’s a strong, unibody structure, made extensive use of high-strength steel, allows the fully-independent MacPherson front, multilink rear to be tuned in the manner of a contemporary sedan – firm for good handling characteristics, yet enough for comfort. A front tower bar improves lateral

The Outlander’s aluminum roof 11 pounds from high in the providing benefits equal to more weight reduction in the vehicle. It won’t really to a sports sedan, but works better than the average SUV.

PERFORMANCE: With a light weight of under pounds thanks to its unibody and 220 horsepower (at 6250 rpm) and 204 of torque (at 4000 rpm) its 3.0-liter V6, the Outlander is one quick (Power is slightly reduced to 213 hp – in California emissions where it has a P-ZEV emissions The MIVEC variable valve and lift system helps the power band and driving at all all engine speeds, and electronic control allows smoother and other electronic systems to with the engine control (ECU).

The engine is matched to a automatic transmission with manual-shift mode. The engine’s low- and mid-range torque it to work well in D, but manual does improve both and driving enjoyment. Not so for fuel

EPA ratings are 20 mpg city, 26 highway. I saw over 17 in mostly enthusiastic road driving in 4WD Lock More judicious use of the throttle likely improve that.

The 4WD system has FWD (front-wheel drive) for best economy, regular to vary the power split the front and rear axles, and 4WD In a typical 4WD system, lock locked hubs, and is strictly for use in off-road conditions. Here it more power to the rear with side-to-side traction by the traction and stability control

Look for a similar system in the Lancer Evo.

CONCLUSIONS: The Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover SUV the soul of a Lancer Evo.

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