The Mitsubishi Outlander is now in its second generation as a compact crossover utility vehicle. For 2007, the Outlander is larger, offers seating for 5 or 7 passengers, features a new engine, paddle shifters, and the first-ever flap-fold tailgate. It is based on a new performance-engineered platform that also serves as the underpinnings for both the Lancer and Lancer Evolution sedans. Other features of this new compact utility include a satellite navigation system, an available Rockford Fosgate audio system with 650 watts of power, and an available rear-seat entertainment system to keep second- and third-row passengers quiet and content.
The Outlander first appeared on the market in 2002, but was just another competitor in a packed segment. For 2007, Mitsubishi dressed the Outlander inside and out with distinctive styling and unique features that will help set it apart from the crowd. There are three trim levels: ES, LS, and XLS, along with four optional packages that include Luxury for the XLE model only, Sun & Sound on LS and XLS, HDD Navigation and Communication Systems (XLS only), and an Entertainment Package (LS only). The Outlander's exterior design elements will represent Mitsubishi's future designs for all its models. Details like clean, sharp lines, with a "diamond- cut" front end and bold, sculpted fender flares give the Outlander a sporty personality that highlights its fun-to-drive quotient.
Inside, a long list of interesting features appears. There's an odor-defeating headliner, a flap-fold tailgate reminiscent of the big family station wagons of yore with the capacity to hold 440 pounds for those who want to have somewhere to sit while tailgating, and reclining second-row 60/40 split/fold seats that also slide fore and aft over 3 inches. The LS model adds pre-wiring for Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity, rear privacy glass, redundant steering wheel controls for the audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering column with a matching leather-wrapped shift knob. The XLS model throws in Sportronic magnesium steering wheel shifter paddles and the FAST key entry system that lets you keep the key in your pocket and still lock/unlock and start the vehicle.
Power for the Outlander comes from a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that makes 220 hp and 102 lb.-ft. of torque, regardless of trim level. Choose from two- or 4-wheel drive, but there's no choice of transmissions: it's a 6-speed Sportronic automatic only.
The Mitsubishi Outlander competes in the Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda CR-V (170,028 units sold), Ford Escape (157,395), and Toyota RAV4 (152,047). The Mitsubishi Outlander sold 11,493 units in 2006, a decrease of 3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact CUV segment include the Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chevrolet Equinox and HHR, Saturn Vue, and Scion xB. Joining the segment in 2007 are two Jeep models-the Compass and Patriot-and Kia Rondo.
|ES||6 speed automatic||$21,370||220-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||20/27|
|LS||6 speed automatic||$22,410||220-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||20/27|
|XLS||6 speed automatic||$23,650||220-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl||20/27|