Review: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2011 Mitsubishi GT

Platform shared with the Evo + rows of seating = the ideal for an enthusiast with kids? formula encapsulates the promise of the Mitsubishi Outlander. But back it was introduced, for the 2007 model the reality fell short, too many rough edges in the chassis and the interior. Last the Outlander was freshened with a Evo-like nose, an upgraded and a new GT trim that added an front differential.

More ever Mitsubishi was pitching the as the family hauler for enthusiasts. But do the go deep enough?

The Outlander was a handsome crossover when with the 18-inch wheels on all but the base model (which 16s). Though the crisp dates back to 2007, doesn’t appear dated. wheel openings and a kinked keep the exterior from generic without taking it the top or appearing tacked on.

The new, distinctive nose adds aggressiveness and more clearly the vehicle as a Mitsubishi.

Inside, has done an admirable job of upgrading the for pocket change. Most of the castings remain the same, but vinyl surfaces have added to the instrument binnacle, panel fascia, and upper Though the vinyl has a budget and feel to it—no one will it for leather—it’s a big step up from plastic.

That said, plenty of bits remain, and door evince a tinny clang the portals are opened, so the overall isn’t convincing. The Outlander was on refinement even by 2007 and the revisions aren’t thorough to keep up with competition has lept forward.

The view from the driver’s seat is ideal for a crossover: not too far from the and also not too upright. Simply a car raised a few inches. The view is good, and enhanced by large and (with the optional nav) a camera.

The front seats work better for some than others, as the non-adjustable bulge is prominent. Thankfully the headrests don’t jut uncomfortably far More of a problem: the steering does not telescope and is positioned a too far away for those of us without arms.

Though Mitusbishi has three rows into the of a compact crossover (183 x 71 x 66 the second row is roomy enough for even when slid all the way Slide it back, and there’s car legroom. The second row is also enough off the floor to provide thigh support and an open The third row, which is difficult than most to set up and could not be more rudimentary.

The bottom isn’t even a Instead, cloth that attempt to match the other is stretched over a perimeter hammock-style. Okay for kids, okay for larger, heavier Even with kids there the second row must be forward to make room for Bottom line: if you’re looking for occasional space for two it’ll do.

For full-time or … perhaps not.

Even the third row up there’s enough behind it for a few large duffels or a grocery run. There’s as much room behind the row as in a Honda Pilot, a much vehicle, and far more than find behind the third row in a Kia or Toyota Highlander (much the RAV4, which dealers stock with the third It helps that the well the seat is very deep.

to access this deep the bumper folds own tailgate You won’t find a lower The third row collapses flat the floor—with little in the way of padding, it up very little space stowed.

The second row doesn’t fold to a flat floor, but this is to be given how extremely low the rear is. The front passenger seat not fold, a shame as this take a highly versatile to the next level. A rigid shelf as see in the PT Cruiser to form a floor with the second row also be a nice touch, but the cargo cover is the window type.

While Mitsubishi’s 3.0-liter DOHC V6 can’t out thrust the way Toyota’s or Kia’s smoother 3.5s can, the throttle open wide certainly more energetic the fours Honda and Nissan on in their compact SUVs. with all-wheel-drive, torque is occasionally in evidence.

At part the six leaves more to be desired, both the throttle mapping and the automatic transmission’s programming towards economy rather behavior worthy of the GT label. So in driving the 3,780-pound Outlander GT weaker than its specs The GT model includes some fixed position magnesium alongside the steering wheel, but powertrain is not worthy of them.

And the The EPA numbers of 19/25 miles per (city/highway) and the numbers I observed the burbs (18 to 20) are little better those of larger crossovers. again, the Kia Sorento does worse (18/24) while the RAV4 does just a better (19/26).

In this segment, if you want fuel economy you want a engine.

My hopes were for the Outlander GT’s chassis. the GT label and the active front I figured this could be the vehicle enthusiasts who’d overly lax with birth have been looking But it’s not. While the GT steers and handles better the related base Outlander I also reviewed recently, and as well as other compact it’s still not good

Even with the fancy the effect of which was never there’s too much understeer in moderately aggressive turns. too much roll and not quite body control. Not a bad chassis for drivers, but not a willing, competent, partner for those of us looking to do than get from one point to

The Goodyear Eagle LS tires, an casual specification for a “GT,” up the fight early, and the nose plows for the outside curb.The heavy steering feels it would communicate well if the rest of the chassis and the tires do their parts, but it cannot the entire team.

Ride quality is similarly but lacking in polish. Bumps are well, but the engine noise, noise, and sensations through the of one#8217;s pants are those of an somewhat dated vehicle. dropped off a new Focus the last day I had the GT, and the difference in refinement was night and

Ford’s latest feels it should cost twice as as the Mitsubishi, boding well for the Escape replacement and not reflecting on the Outlander. A decade ago the Outlander’s and refinement would have competitive, but in recent years norms have been rapidly. The tight, slick, and hushed sound and feel used to only be obtainable in European machinery is now available in a Ford.

Mitsubishi has a lot of catching up to do if it to survive.

Is the Mitsubishi as inexpensive as it While the tested vehicle’s sticker might not seem a Kia Sorento SX runs nearly higher when similarly with leather, sunroof, and TrueDelta’s car price comparison suggests that about of the gap is due to the Kia’s additional features, an adjusted price difference of $1,800. Don’t need three big ticket features?

the Outlander GT’s list falls to $28,590. A similarly-equipped trim Toyota RAV4 is only a few hundred dollars but adjusting for remain feature opens up a nearly $3,000 for the Mitsibishi. Bottom line: you consider the Outlander’s features, other three-row crossover considerably more.

A Hyundai-like 5/60 bumper-to-bumper plus 10/100 powertrain for the first owner, further the deal.

So the Outlander GT isn’t a crossover. Marketing rather engineering appears to have the GT label. For now, you must real money to obtain a beast.

And, even the very welcome interior the Mitsubishi’s materials and refinement at least five years the industry norm. But the Outlander’s remains attractive and its interior is a of packaging, with an excellent position, three rows of and good cargo space a compact body. Add in a relatively low price and long warranty, the likely deserves more than it has been receiving.

not from enthusiasts.

Mitsubishi the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for review.

Michael Karesh TrueDelta. an online source of pricing and reliability data.

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