2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC, an AW Drivers Log Car Review – Autoweek

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE AWC, an AW Drivers Log Car Review

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ART CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: Wow. does everyone think of Laguna blue paint job on 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE? Not sure I’m sold on the with the alloy fuel I do like the 18-inch wheels and the overall sporty shape the rounded back end and aggressive fascia.

I would like to see one of in silver or red.

The interior is out nicely, and the panoramic roof was a surprise with the LED lights. good room for families, and are premium touches such as a start system, a backup and heated seats.

On the road, engine is buzzy. And for all that there isn’t much from this 2.0-liter but it seems to do well on fuel. I 100 miles during my overnight and the gauge hardly moved.

The absorbed potholes well and a solid ride.

So what’s to about this Outlander A lot with the all-wheel drive, fuel economy and the roomy I can imagine this being for outdoorsman with a rack up top to bikes or snowboards.

But the as-tested of $28,570 does make you That’s more than I be willing to pay for this.

ART DIRECTOR TARA KLEIN: Is it Is it cute? Is it stylish? Is it luxurious?

The Outlander Sport seems to be through an identity crisis it comes to the overall look and and because of this, I don’t it thrives in any area.

The exterior, teetering toward completely did have a sporty edge to it. I agree with Cheryl I may have been distracted by the paint color that have been more for a Jolly Rancher.

The ride was for the most part; it got slightly on our subpar Michigan roadways, but it was a pain to get up to speed. There been few vehicles where I literally put my foot to the floor and not be about the looming blast of and this Outlander is one of those When accelerating in this not only was I itching for more my ears were also irritated with the sounds of wind and road noise.

The are also not as responsive as I would thought. I found myself to really push on them to get an reaction in rush-hour traffic a gradual approach wasn’t it.

Inside of the Outlander, one of the first I noticed was the massive sunroof. is a feature I found some value in, but when I caught a of the reflection of the limolike lighting I was confused. It doesn’t coincide the initial impression I got from the

The seats were also and uncomfortable, but the rest of the interior was well.

I think the Mitsubishi Sport has some real searching to do before it can find its niche in the SUV world.

EXECUTIVE BOB GRITZINGER: The Outlander Sport–especially this CVT tying it down–makes me because I know there’s a car and a great Lancer chassis somewhere underneath this get-up. You can feel it when you the Outlander into a corner, it start to roll and then itself as the suspension responds and the bite for traction.

The problem when you try to dial in more and there’s just nothing in the tank, or the CVT’s response is and lagging. The engine could use help as well–don’t these know a lot about turbos and The engine, as noted, is buzzy at

All of that aside, this a equipped ute for the money, with navigation, backup camera, seats, automatic climate keyless entry and ignition, and giant sunroof. There’s a lot of here to love, but somehow it like window dressing on a where I’d be a lot happier if targeted transmission response and output before getting away with extras.

There’s a great little ute in somewhere. It’d be really if Mitsubishi would let it out.

WES RAYNAL: I don’t have to add to the above. The Outlander is close to a good little ute, it good to my eye, but the powertrain it down. The CVT is just awful (as have thought) and basically an otherwise decent drive.

And why with the paddles?

The four-cylinder is the car feels light on its feet and are fairly well absorbed. In words, it’s not too soft or too

I’d love to see better inside, but the seats were and for this money, what do you

However, this is a competitive Would I consider this a Chevrolet Equinox or a Volkswagen Not with this drivetrain.

EDITOR ANDREW STOY: in advance that the Outlander uses the old-world engine/CVT from the early Dodge I wasn’t expecting much. out I was pleasantly surprised by this runabout. Granted, the engine and are far from satisfying, but walking the gig knowing what to expect CVT’s obnoxious moans and driving dynamics), I found it did its job fine.

And the engine felt much than its numbers and displacement suggest, particularly since was a 4WD model with the extra Finally, Mitsubishi did a good job of the cabin from the worst of the racket.

In fact, the entire car was quiet and composed in every situation I encountered. It’s a far enjoyable place to spend than either of the Scions I drove recently. The dash is laid out and covered in soft-touch the thick steering wheel and seating position help, and the multimedia system is tolerable–not the not the worst. My only complaint is the center armrest doesn’t far enough forward.

Oh, and the whole car like a new Hyundai in 1988. I describe it, but you’d know it if you it. It’s like some of glue or plastic that no one anymore.

The glass roof was a pleasant surprise, and it made a commuter car interior into a airy space.

But would I pay for a Mitsubishi? No way. The company have the brand equity to that kind of money for vehicle.

That’s unfortunate, as are the makings of an actual competitor

NEWS EDITOR GREG I had a weekend cruise in this 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE, and I liked the looks and the glass-roof It fit in well during one of the first warm weekends of the year in The Evo-styled grille, lower and detailed headlights are sharp, character to the Outlander Sport in a segment that’s devoid of it.

The side panels look too, with impressive and contours that show of design character. I was a little at how nice this car looks in the It gets attention.

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The CVT was what I was disappointing. Its operation is a bit awkward, low in the band, and it seems sluggish at Harder launches are slow, and this four-banger is adequate at

The nicest thing I can say is at least the GT doesn’t feel underpowered.

The is considerably better than lurks underhood. It’s well-sprung and offers little when whacking road It feels sporty, yet with the ride height, it isn’t I give props to Mitsu for the curb weight relatively low a crossover with AWD) and the is composed during most

I found a comfortable driving and the front part of the cabin is roomy. The materials are fine, and the plastics actually present well. Steering offers a bit of into turns but is still on the light side.

The interior in a good amount of engine as this four-cylinder whines and and I detected a bit of wind noise on the Other random thoughts: The economy is fairly solid and the camera is quite clear.

Overall, this is a nice by Mitsubishi. It looks great, decently, and is generally well But I would prefer a better

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander SE AWC

Base Price: $23,775

Price: $28,570

Drivetrain: I4; 4WD, continuously variable

Output: 148 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 143 @ 4,200 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Navigation with camera including 40GB HDD with music server and traffic, rearview-camera system and video input jack premium package including glass roof with LED black roof rails, Rockford-Fosgate punch premium system with nine-speakers, subwoofer, six-disk CD/MP3 head unit, Sirius radio with three service ($1,800); exterior package including large spoiler, front corner rear diffuser garnish, fuel door ($995)

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