2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT — Flash Drive

This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos

The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is surprisingly roomy inside for a vehicle with such a small footprint. Although it's officially a 7-passenger vehicle, the third row is best ignored — it's complicated to unfold and feels like temporary seating. You're better off thinking of the Outlander as a 5-passenger SUV with generous cargo space. The tailgate is a nice feature, making loading cargo much easier. The GT's V6 engine offers adequate power, although it can be loud when you push it. Just as with its Lancer cousin, the Outlander GT handles well and is enjoyable to drive. The Outlander GT holds its own in the crowded compact-crossover market, and while the GT is well-equipped, its $30K-plus price tag seems a little steep. –Perry Stern

The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander might look a little like the high-performance Lancer Evolution, but it sure doesn't feel like it. Using the same stiff platform as the Lancer, the Outlander promises to be a sporty-driving SUV — and it is — but it's not as light and crisp as I had hoped. The interior is clean and sporty, with nice materials, leather sport seats with contrasting stitching and the steering wheel and shift paddles are right out of the Evo. The instrument panel is simple but effective, with dual electroluminescent gauges, an information display in the center for the gearshift indicator and a multi-information display with trip computer functions. The optional third-row seat is small and complicated to fold, but folding it down maximizes cargo room. Think of this as a 5-passenger SUV with two extra seats for occasional use only. –Mike Meredith

The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander is a decent crossover, but its design is too similar to the Lancer model lines, in my opinion. The Outlander drives smoothly and takes regular unleaded gas, which is a nice benefit and seems to be less common in cars these days. On the road, I achieved 20 mpg in mixed driving with the V6 engine. Seating room was spacious. There is also a hidden third row of folding seats that is really only meant for kids. When opened, this third row is right next to the rear hatch and appears to offer little protection against a rear-end accident. Overall, the Outlander was a decent offering but faces some serious competition from the Toyota RAV4 in this segment. –Joe Chulick

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