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“An Automotive Love Affair”
By Joseph Mavilia 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD
This week we’re looking at the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4-Wheel Drive
Sport Utility 4-door. Overall I liked this new crossover even though I
haven’t been a big fan of Mitsubishi, this new model gave me pause to
re-think my initial biased expectations.
However, one little complaint I must report is the unexpected noticeable
wind noise that reminds me of the little squeaks of cars of a generation ago
that were so common. So I try to overlook the little things in view of the
fact that today’s cars are far and away better than those classic cars of
the 50s and 60s.
Handling & Performance:
The first thing you’ll notice is a rather stiff ride, but that configuration
allows for greater handling which is especially noticeable driving the
winding mountain roads. It is really impressive for a high profile SUV. In
addition I tested it without a load which of course softens the ride when
carrying passengers and / or cargo. So this is not a negative since the
overall handling is excellent. The 220 hp V6 is very responsive and still
delivers 26 highway MPG. I can’t think of a better argument for moving away
from more expensive brands, badges and logos.
The 4-wheel drive facility is unneeded, in my opinion, but if 4-WD is your
thing you can easily switch on the fly from 2-WD to 4-WD and Lock positions.
I like the crossover design that brings the two very popular SUV and the
Mini Van together for a great result. They have designed a neat and
innovative fold down rear bumper for easy loading of cargo. Nice touch.
On the other hand the design folks need to revisit the instrumentation and
consider more conventional gauges. The orange lighting is ok at night but I
found it difficult to read in daylight. The fuel gauge is a bar and although
I don’t dislike that all that much I found it to be inaccurate. Heading out
one morning over the mountain range between the desert and Los Angeles the
gauge indicated distance to empty as 70 miles. Then after about 2 miles it
adjusted to 60 then 50 then 40 within 10 miles. Then after concern if I
would have enough gas to get over the 30 miles ahead of me, the DTE
indicator display was magically back to 70 miles to empty. If they want to
include that feature it really needs to be more accurate.
Fit and Finish:
Conveniences and comfort:
I really like the new satellite radio systems like XM Radio and Sirius but
the nod goes to XM. I find the Sirius to be unstable and reception cuts in
and out very often which is annoying.
Of course the big draw for these kinds of vehicles which have evolved over
the years is the roominess for 5 passengers and generally the many features
that seek to make the driving experience one of comfort with comfortable
seating, handy storage, lots of cup holders, great sound systems with CD
players and seating that is flexible.
If the crossover SUV is of interest for your need, look seriously at the
Chrysler Town and Country for 2008. It stretches the limits for family
vehicles with seating options of Stow and Go (where seats fold easily down
into the floor), or a Swivel and Go configuration (that uses the third row
seats and second row to face each other around a table) that may better suit
your family needs than an SUV.
Mitsubishi Outlander $21-25,000, Mazda Tribute $19-26,000, Saturn Vue
$21-29,000, Kia Sportage $16-23,000, Mercury Mariner $21-26,000, Ford Escape
$19-26,000, Subaru Forester $21-28,000, Nissan Xterra $20-28,000, Jeep
Liberty $20-26,000, Suzuki Grand Vitara $19-25,000, Chevrolet Equinox
$22-29,000, Honda CRV $21-28,000, Toyota RAV4 $21-27,000.
Nice performing V6 and better than expected handling, roomy.
More wind noise than expected, difficult to read digital gauges in daylight,
irritating interruptions of Sirius satellite radio,
3.0 liter 220 hp V6 engine, 6 speed auto transmission, front and side air
bags and side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, child latch
seat system, day time running lights, security alarm and immobilizer system,
electronic 4-WD system with driver selector 2/4 and lock, 4-wheel ABS disc
brakes, 4-wheel independent suspension, air conditioning, rear privacy
glass, stereo with CD / MP3, power door and tailgate locks, power windows
and mirrors, cruise control with steering wheel controls for cruise and
audio, keyless entry, flap folding tailgate, intermittent wipers, 8-way
power driver seat, 60/40 split fold / tumble rear seats, prewired for
Bluetooth, 16″ allow wheels, auto off headlights, and roof rails.
Options: LS sun and sound package including added speaker, Punch sound
system upgrade, SIRIUS satellite radio with 6 months included, 6-CD in dash
changer, power glass sunroof $1740; Entertainment package including DVD rear
seat 9″ monitor, remote control, wireless head set $1150.
$2.85/ Gal avg. October 9, ’07
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19 City and 26 Highway MPG
MSRP $23,770 / $27,285 with options.
Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is email@example.com
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