2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

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$20,840 - $29,250
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 21 City / 27 Hwy
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2010 Outlander Overview

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT – Click above for high-res image gallery Mitsubishi presented its best and brightest rides for us to drive over the course of an eight-hour event in the parched desert oasis of Palm Springs, CA. Everything from a tuned, 290-hp Lancer Sportback Ralliart to an electric i MiEV. And drive them we did. We rocketed up winding mountain roads and down gravel-caked trails. If they brought it, we pounded on it. Fairly hard, too. Odd then that the focus of this particular review – and in many ways the star of the party – isn't some carbon fiber body kit-enhanced EVO X, but rather the new 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Yup, an SUV. Actually, a CUV, albeit one with lots of ground clearance. Mitsubishi first introduced the second generation Outlander in 2006 (replacing the more wagon-esque first gen.), and 2010 marks a major refresh. In GT trim, almost everything has changed, from the exterior to the interior to the quantity and quality of gadgets to the engine output to the transmission and finally, most importantly, its all-wheel-drive system. The 2009 Outlander was a fine, competent, utilitarian machine – perfectly adequate for schlepping kids and groceries. But let's be frank, it didn't set hearts on fire. And while the new Outlander GT won't necessarily do that either, it's most definitely not just another sedan on stilts. %Gallery-78458% %Gallery-78462% Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc. The first and most blatant new-for-2010 change is that nose. Mitsubishi has finally (finally!) realized that its halo vehicle is the Lancer Evolution X, and that the brand must flow from that hopped up, street legal rally all-star. As such, they essentially grafted the Evo X's snout onto the new Outlander. The results are smart, because like the Kia Soul has proved, if you're stuck in a sea of sameness, it's best to stand out. While not quite as sinister looking as the Evo's mug, the Outlander GT looks plenty thuggish. You cannot say that about a Honda Pilot. The wheels are new and sportier looking. The rest of the outside remains largely unchanged and comes across as your run-of-the-mill CUV. You'd have to be some sort of crazy car geek to notice the twisted side-sills and new mirrors (ahem). Maybe the rest of the Outlander GT will get Evo-ized for an upcoming refresh, but for now, it's standard crossover fare. Perhaps the most significant update, or at least the one that will resonate most strongly with potential buyers, is the upgraded cabin. A quick glance around reveals much time and attention to detail went into sprucing up the joint. The previous Outlander's huge tracts of plastic are now covered with beautiful, thick-stitched leather. Sure, the glove box door is still a flimsy piece of low grade plastic, but it now looks beautiful. Ditto for the rest of the cabin, and especially the cowhide shroud atop the instrument cluster. We also need to send a shout out to those hefty aluminum …
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2010 Outlander Overview

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT – Click above for high-res image gallery Mitsubishi presented its best and brightest rides for us to drive over the course of an eight-hour event in the parched desert oasis of Palm Springs, CA. Everything from a tuned, 290-hp Lancer Sportback Ralliart to an electric i MiEV. And drive them we did. We rocketed up winding mountain roads and down gravel-caked trails. If they brought it, we pounded on it. Fairly hard, too. Odd then that the focus of this particular review – and in many ways the star of the party – isn't some carbon fiber body kit-enhanced EVO X, but rather the new 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Yup, an SUV. Actually, a CUV, albeit one with lots of ground clearance. Mitsubishi first introduced the second generation Outlander in 2006 (replacing the more wagon-esque first gen.), and 2010 marks a major refresh. In GT trim, almost everything has changed, from the exterior to the interior to the quantity and quality of gadgets to the engine output to the transmission and finally, most importantly, its all-wheel-drive system. The 2009 Outlander was a fine, competent, utilitarian machine – perfectly adequate for schlepping kids and groceries. But let's be frank, it didn't set hearts on fire. And while the new Outlander GT won't necessarily do that either, it's most definitely not just another sedan on stilts. %Gallery-78458% %Gallery-78462% Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc. The first and most blatant new-for-2010 change is that nose. Mitsubishi has finally (finally!) realized that its halo vehicle is the Lancer Evolution X, and that the brand must flow from that hopped up, street legal rally all-star. As such, they essentially grafted the Evo X's snout onto the new Outlander. The results are smart, because like the Kia Soul has proved, if you're stuck in a sea of sameness, it's best to stand out. While not quite as sinister looking as the Evo's mug, the Outlander GT looks plenty thuggish. You cannot say that about a Honda Pilot. The wheels are new and sportier looking. The rest of the outside remains largely unchanged and comes across as your run-of-the-mill CUV. You'd have to be some sort of crazy car geek to notice the twisted side-sills and new mirrors (ahem). Maybe the rest of the Outlander GT will get Evo-ized for an upcoming refresh, but for now, it's standard crossover fare. Perhaps the most significant update, or at least the one that will resonate most strongly with potential buyers, is the upgraded cabin. A quick glance around reveals much time and attention to detail went into sprucing up the joint. The previous Outlander's huge tracts of plastic are now covered with beautiful, thick-stitched leather. Sure, the glove box door is still a flimsy piece of low grade plastic, but it now looks beautiful. Ditto for the rest of the cabin, and especially the cowhide shroud atop the instrument cluster. We also need to send a shout out to those hefty aluminum …Hide Full Review