2012 Outlander New Car Test Drive
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a stylish crossover SUV that seats five. A compact third row is available to allow seven, but the two flip-up seats are as small as they come and suitable only for small children for short periods of time.
The 2011 Outlander models offer improved fuel economy both from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 3.0-liter V6. The current-generation version was launched as a 2007 model and it was updated with fresh styling for 2010.
The 2011 Outlander ES and SE are equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 23/28 mpg City/Highway on Regular gas, an improvement of 2 miles per gallon over the 2010 Outlander. With four-wheel drive, the 2011 Outlander SE gets 22/27 mpg. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 168 horsepower and benefits from a fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission, or CVT.
The 2011 Outlander XLS and GT models are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 that delivers power and smoothness at high speeds. The V6 is mated to a sharp 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 2011 Outlander XLS 2WD gets an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg, a slight improvement over 2010. The 2011 Outlander GT S-AWC is rated 19/25 mpg. Premium fuel is recommended for the V6.
The Outlander GT comes with Super All-Wheel Control, or S-AWC, developed for the Lancer Evolution, which provides super control and traction, as well as secure handling in corners.
Stylistically, the Outlander has presence. The styling was redesigned for 2010 to look more like the Lancer and Evolution. It's got that face now, so at least you know what it is. No longer lost in the midsize SUV crowd.
The cabin features a handsome and functional dashboard and instrument panel. The bolstered seats fit just right, the 60/40 second row tumbles forward to create 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With heating and air conditioning vents in the rear, bottle holders in the door pockets, and sliding rear seats, passengers will be comfortable.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in four trim levels, ES, SE, XLS, and GT.
Outlander ES 2WD ($21,995) comes with the 2.4-liter DOHC I4 and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, urethane steering wheel with cruise control, 60/40 folding/tumble rear seats, a 140-watt 6-speaker CD/MP3 sound system, LED taillamps, and 16-inch steel wheels.
Outlander SE ($22,995) and SE 4WD ($24,495) upgrade with sport fabric seats with leather bolsters, 6-step paddle shifters for the CVT, leather shift knob and steering wheel with audio controls, color gauges, Bluetooth capability, roof rails, foglights, privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille trim and body-colored front fascia, mirrors and door handles.
Outlander XLS 2WD ($25,795) comes with the 3.0-liter V6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, automatic climate control, console box between the seats, compact third row, and the FUSE Handsfree Link System, that can call up your songs using voice command, by artist, genre, playlist or album through an iPod or USB device.
Outlander GT ($27,795) comes standard with the Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system. It adds rain-sensing wipers, bi-Xenon HID headlamps, aluminum pedals.
Options include the Navigation Package ($2,150) with 40 GB navigation system with real time traffic; the Rear View Camera Package ($2,000) adds the rearview camera and auxiliary video input jack. The Touring Package ($2,700) includes leather seating surfaces, panoramic roof with LED illumination, 710-watt Fockford Fosgate premium audio with 9 speakers, 10-inch subwoofer, Sirius Satellite Radio with 3 months, power glass sunroof, premium alarm, heated front seats, power driver seat. (All New Car Test Drive prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
Safety equipment includes frontal airbags, side impact airbags, and airbag curtains; Active Stability Control, and anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution, and a tire pressure monitor. S-AWC all-wheel drive enhances stability in slippery conditions.