Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Posted on 18. Apr, 2007 by in Auto News

CUV which are nothing more than oversized station wagons on stilts. If you think about it and not many American drivers-CUV is not like a truck work or how to handle the car. I would not say that they have the worst of both worlds, but others. In fact, the modern CUV developed just a marketing gimmick-driven, to take one last shot at emigration gas guzzlers before they do to their perch and something will really sense as buying a car. No wonder that Mitsubishi's website says the Outlander does not like labels, not more than me.

"Stylish" certainly fits. The Outlander Sport Sedan sheet is crisp with just enough static lines and ground clearance, the macho-minded assure you that is not "Outlander" the old Scottish term for "mall rat." The CUV-end translates the conventional SUV design elements in a host of smooth textures, soft lighting pods and clean surface transitions. The rear follows suit with lots of glass, logical lines and an integrated diffuser in his snazzy rear. It's all very chi-chi.

Happily left the triple-diamond boys in the SUV genre hose-it-down heritage before the doors. The Outlander offers a symphony of sentimental polymers, precision panel gap and Audi-esque minimalism. Clock integrates the way the Outlander beat box in the dashboard of the horizontal momentum. Seamless. Even the bad things-like the imitation aluminum trim around the motorcycle chic instrument cluster looks cool.

Tick all the right boxes and the Outlander has the right tricks. The optional 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo (named after the Firebird Esprit-driving TV detective) has more than enough power to shake your fillings and tremble. It is a piece of kit Sirius. The navigation system can store 1200 songs, track your Bluetooth and take to your dentist. And you can use a drop-down DVD system to keep the kids amused.

Mitsubishi has obviously down to the high content route go for their latest foray into crossover County. Even the base Outlander luxurious suede-trimmed body huggers are a welcome surprise in this price range and offers all-over comfort for the people both large and small. During the second row slides forward, there is only one fail-safe way to Amnesty International condemning the Outlander "compact jump seats" to avoid: opt for the cheaper two-row model.

The Outlander trick envelope with his party piece tailgate. The gate flush bottom half unfolds from the bumper for sliding and schlep Home Despot and / or serves as a picnic table for Pee-wee football tailgaters. On paper, the Outlander has a class average charge hole. In real life, the model of the chunky-hunky D column it is possible to fit big ass square peg into a medium-sized square hole.

A further proof of the value-oriented proposition Outlander is underhood. The MIVEC tuned 3.0-liter V6 drops a respectable 220 hp and 204 lb-foot twist (though high on its power band). Hooked-up commute to a standard six-speed autobox, there is much to poke and reasonable fuel efficiency for the city (20mpg) and highway cruising (27mpg).

Hang on. Peep the strut brace under the hood and optional magnesium paddle shifters. Could the Outlander and Lancer bases available to give full-time four-wheel drive, we rocked up in a family EVO crossover robe?

Nope. The Outlander engine less low-end grunt than your grandmother's vintage Osterizer, while the steering is completely vague about all the torque steer issue. Push it hard into a turn and smooth sweeping dynamics serve a large slathering roll understeer on an oversized body. The £ 3500 Outlander is tuned for touring duty and nothing more.

Similar to the ubiquitous road noise at highway speeds, the Outlander dynamic bits get old in a hurry. While Mitsubishi advertises "rally-inspired control and outrageously fun in a family car," the rally have been involved in the fun and have a political question has a lot more to scare children than adults exciting. Any off-road ambitious than an unplowed driveway is just as taboo.

The Mitsubishi ride strikes a perfect balance between grip and comfort. As long as you drive responsibly, the chassis will be bumps and potholes crush iron. Motorsport heritage aside, it is obvious Mitsubishi put a strut brace under the hood of the family to avoid fatigue during your next road trip.

In fact, the Outlander is a modern station wagon, with all the stylistic charm, family-friendly gadgets and timeless comfort, implies ("Mommy! He hit me!"). His shot flair, impressive standard equipment, trick tailgate and under 25 large asking price makes the Outlander an attractive value proposition. That is, after buying into the need for a large station wagon.