2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Review, Feature and Images – Mitsubishi has redesigned the Outlander for 2010 to look and be more like its brothers and sisters, in particular 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. With the radical redesign of the Endeavor SUV five years ago, Mitsubishi had pronounced, Above all else: Presence. The Outlander picks up that philosophy and runs with it. The Mitsubishi Outlander, refreshed for 2010, offers a sporty, yet supple, ride and a vast cargo area, though it lacks the refinement of many of its competitors.
When it was new, critics said the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander is a good overall vehicle, as long as you can get past its low-rent cabin. They said its ride is fairly supple, yet somewhat sporty. It also offers one of the few third-row seats in the segment, though most reviewers said it is laughably small, even for kids.
Powering the Outlander is either a four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower or a V6, good for 230 horsepower. Critics greatly preferred the V6, saying models with the four-cylinder unit feel fairly sluggish. Either engine can be paired with either front- or all-wheel drive. A four-cylinder, front-wheel drive Outlander achieves 21/27 mpg city/highway, which is fairly respectable for the class, though several leading competitors do better. Opting for AWD or the V6 slightly reduces fuel economy.
Inside, the Outlander drew demerits for its low-rent materials. However, most found that the seats in the first and second row have plenty of comfort and space. There is also an available third-row seat, but many critics predicted that virtually no one would be happy sitting there. Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 72.6 cubic feet, which is very good for the class. Standard equipment includes cloth seats and a six-speaker CD stereo. Upper trims and option packages welcome features like Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice command system, automatic climate control and a Rockford Fosgate stereo. Also available are navigation, satellite radio, leather upholstery and a power sunroof.
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. All-wheel drive is optional.
The Outlander is well equipped for such an affordable vehicle. Standard on all trims are air conditioning, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, power windows/side mirrors/door locks, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability. Be aware, however, that few hi-tech options are available on the base SE model.
Upgrade to the SE or XLS (a $3,000-plus premium over the base model), and you can get the well-reviewed 650-watt Rockford Fosgate six-CD/MP3 player with nine speakers (part of the $1,610 Sun and Sound Package). You can also opt for a navigation system, which is part of a $1,950 package that also includes a rearview camera and digital music server. For families, an available accessory on all trims is the Rear Seat DVD Entertainment Display, a $1,587 option.