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Mitsubishi Outlander

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Everyone who knows cars knows about the EVO Mitsubishi Motors#8217; all-wheel-drive

The problem for Mitsubishi is the rest of its isn#8217;t as well-known #8211; among people who aren#8217;t car who are the majority of the buying public.

One of is the Outlander #8211; a sportier on the mid-sized crossover wagon Mitsubishi#8217;s intent is to lure of Name Brand crossovers the Toyota RAV4 and Honda by offering a bit more zip for a few less

Should you take a look?

The is a sport-themed, 5-7 passenger crossover SUV standard third row seating. It is with either four or engines and FWD or AWD.

Prices at $21,995 for the front-wheel-drive ES with 2.4 engine and #8220;Sportronic#8221; CVT transmission and run to for a performance-minded GT with 3 liter V-6 and calibrated AWD system.

WHAT#8217;S NEW FOR

Mitsubishi is trying to boost of the sport-minded GT version of the Outlander by the price by almost $1,500 year#8217;s GT had an MSRP of $29,250).

SE models now come standard third row seating and can be ordered upgraded leatherette trim.

XLS get an updated exterior based on the shark-nosed look of the GT, as well as xenon HID headlights, rain-sensing and aluminum pedals.

WHAT#8217;S GOOD

Sharper than Mrs. Doubtfire like Toyota#8217;s RAV4 and the CR-V.

Sharper handling more SUV-esque competitors the Chevy Equinox.

Comprehensive of trim/drivetrain packages, from ES to fairly serious performance-minded GT.

dog-friendly rear cargo

Standard third row seating.

AWD with four-cylinder engine.

a decent deal #8211; and a performer.

WHAT#8217;S NOT SO GOOD

No transmission with either

Base four cylinder is underpowered for the weight of the vehicle especially AWD versions.

Third row is and hard to access #8211; by kids only.

Base SE is about $1,000 more last year#8217;s SE and about the price as Name Brand like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V ($21,695).

Mitsubishis depreciate faster Name Brand Japanese

Sometimes, a lot faster.

UNDER THE

Outlander can be equipped with a 2.4 liter, 168 hp four cylinder or (optionally) a 3.0 liter, 230 hp V-6.

engines are available with FWD or AWD.

The four comes with a #8220;Sportronic#8221; Continuously (CVT) automatic; the V-6 comes a six-speed automatic.

Neither is available with a manual

Performance is just so-so,mostly of the Outlander#8217;s 3,400 lb. curb

The base SE with four needs about 9 seconds to 60 mph while the V-6 is about a second

Gas mileage is mediocre.

EPA rates the SE with front-wheel-drive at 21 city, 27 with AWD this drops a bit to 21 and 25 highway.

V-6 versions are thirstier, but not so. EPA says 19 city, 25 highway for FWD and 18 city, 24 highway for AWD-equipped

The Outlander#8217;s optional AWD system is different than what you in competitors #8211; almost all of are not driver-adjustable and remain in all-wheel-drive all the whether it#8217;s needed or The Outlander#8217;s system, in contrast, is like what you#8217;d in a truck or SUV with a part-time 4WD in that you can turn a knob on the console to go from FWD to AWD, as indicate.

In FWD (which Mitsubishi #8220;2WD#8221; on the console-mounted control all the engine#8217;s power goes to the wheels only. Choose AWD Mitsu labels #8220;4WD#8221;) and 15-40 percent of the engine#8217;s is always routed to the back

Choose the third setting 4WD Lock #8211; and the system increase the amount of power back to the rear wheels up to 60

However, the system does not the drivetrain into a permanent/constant split, front to rear, as the suggests.

Maximum tow rating the V-6 is 3,500 lbs.

If only the had more power #8211; and a manual transmission (especially the V-6).

Because otherwise, it#8217;s a lot of

The Lancer/EVO DNA is evident during cornering, at which the Outlander especially the GT #8211; excels. The of the vehicle doesn#8217;t lurch to squashing down the suspension on side #8211; with the control system frantically to keep you from rolling the #8211; which happens some of the less-poised competition.

a nice weight to the steering, too which tracks directly the vehicle#8217;s nose instead of a step ahead or behind.

Mitsubishi Outlander

just that 3,400 (FWD versions; AWD versions are heavier) is too much bulk for the 168 hp even the 230 hp V-6 could use another 30 or so hp to get the moving swiftly enough in a line to match the promise of its image.

Still, the Outlander#8217;s stack up favorably against like the very popular CR-V, which does offer a V-6 at all #8211; and whose 2.4 liter, 166 hp engine is less than the Outlander#8217;s base

The CR-V is also one of the slowest in the segment, with a 0-60 of 10-plus seconds for the AWD version and it can#8217;t pull more 1,500 pounds.

Toyota#8217;s outguns the Outlander with its 179 hp 2.5 liter four and its optional 269 hp 3.5 V-6, the latter of which can the Toyota to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. But it#8217;s a bit expensive to start #8211; #8211; and while you can get a V-6 RAV4 for less than an Outlander V-6 Toyota doesn#8217;t offer a version of the RAV such as the Outlander GT and the RAV4 is much less to look at #8211; and to drive even if it is a lot quicker in a straight

Same thing if you compare the with SUV-leaning crossovers the Chevy Equinox. The Chevy is a nice vehicle but leans to the SUV side of the fence, both in of how it looks as well as how it drives. It has standard power (2.4 182 hp) but no available third row #8211; and total cargo capacity.

neither the Toyota nor the Honda nor the offer the driver-controlled AWD system the does.

The Outlander#8217;s got more pizazz than the blandly CR-V and RAV4 #8211; or the SUV-esque Chevy Equinox. The new forward-canted nosepiece juts out the snout of a hungry Mako

While the Outlander, RAV and CR-V all about the same cargo-carrying #8211; 36.2 cubes the second row; 73 cubes the second row folded flat for the vs. 36.4/73 cubes for the Toyota and for the Honda #8211; the Outlander has more ground clearance inches) than either the (7.3 inches) or the RAV4 inches), which should be in snow.

Surprisingly, Chevy#8217;s has less total cargo than all three of these just 63 cubic feet.

The Outlander#8217;s available folding seat, meanwhile, gives the a leg up on the CR-V and Equinox #8211; of which offer a third row at all and equalizes things on this with the RAV4 (which The Outlander#8217;s third row is cramped and much viable only for But it is there #8211; and it does you the ability to carry up to seven in a pinch, which neither the nor the CR-V can do.

The Outlander also useful and unique features a fold-out lower rear two-piece liftgate. This up the cargo area and makes it to get big/bulky/heavy items in there, you don#8217;t have to lift up and over as much as you do in some models. The liftgate can also support more than 400 too #8211; so two normal-sized adults can sit on it if like.

The area behind the row seats is deep, wide and very dog friendly. I carted two 80 pound Labrador Retrievers the week I test-drove the Outlander.

The Fuse voice command is similar in operation to others on the (such as Ford#8217;s Sync). You can use it t hands-free calls or control the system without having to with manual knobs or

Other cool stuff find includes an optionally 650 watt Rockford Fosgate rig with Sirius satellite 40 GB music storage hard #8211; and two dinner plate-sized built into the sidewalls of the area.

Mitsubishi#8217;s main weakness to its main competitors is a (historically) record on the quality control which in turn has really put the arm on the rates of Mitsubishi vehicles.

On the Mitsubishi offers long-lived and powertrain coverage that#8217;s to all of its major rivals #8211; years and 60,000 miles to bumper#8221; plus a 10 year/100,000 warranty for the drivetrain #8211; vs. basic warranty for the Honda (five years, 60,000 on the drivetrain).

Same minimalist on the RAV4 and Chevy Equinox although the Equinox does with a five year, mile policy on the drivetrain.

the Mitsubishi is the clear leader in of backing what it sells. If does break on the Outlander, you won#8217;t have to pay for it #8211; at not before you#8217;ve paid the off.

With the Toyota, and Chevy #8211; you#8217;re on own much sooner.

As far as safety all Outlanders come standard ABS and stability control, side-impact and air bags, plus anti-whiplash rests for the driver and front seats.

A rear back-up is bundled with the optional system.

THE BOTTOM LINE

has a good-looking, well-equipped and fun-to-drive in the Outlander.

It just needs a more power, an available transmission #8211; and for more to know it exists.

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