Review: 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Review: 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Review: 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander
we have had our Outlander since December 06′ and we can’t say enough great things about it. Its also a V6 while this one tested here is a 4 banger - but between the V6 power, the totally bangin sound system, and the awd option, we love our Outlander. It doesn’t feel cheap, it has ginormous cargo volume, the split rear hatch is great for tailgating, and its fun to drive!! We were skeptical about buying a Mitsubishi product, but we have thoroughly enjoyed our fast, bumpin little suv.. I had wanted to buy one because I too like the outside looks. But seriously, it’s interior is not just bad, it’s horrible. The plastics are really hard and there isn’t much in terms of color inside besides black.
That being said, the CX-7 isn’t better at all, and the one’s you mentioned also are pretty bad. That’s why I stay from small crossovers, they cheapen them up because the buyers in that market aren’t looking at what I care about, my opinion - it’s a chick car market and in general women don’t know the difference. To be honest, the Saturn Vue is a good alternative to this, it’s actually nice inside. So is the Tiguan, then again it’s a VW so it will cost more, but you get what you pay for sometimes.
I also agree with LLL#3, they will be gone soon. The Galant is the #1 rental car at my company right now, and that’s where most of there sales came from.
The Outlander shares a few things with the Lancer GTS in the powertrain department. You’ll find the same 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder motor and the same magnesium paddle shifters as the sporty compact car. While that might sound good, guess what happens when you ask the Lancer’s 2.4 to pull around the Outlander’s extra 55 pounds and brick-like styling? The answer: You had better not be running late.
Spec-wise, the Outlander needs at least a 10-count to get to 60 mph. In more real life applications, you’ll want to think before you jump out into moving traffic with only a small gap between cars, lest you hear an angry horn, or worse, a crunch. Highway passing or on ramps also can be a drawn out task.
If you’re dead set on an Outlander, a 3.0-liter, 220-horse V6 is available for a mere $600 more as part of the XLS package, which even includes automatic climate control, the third-row seat, 18-inch wheels and Bluetooth. Choose wisely.

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