2010 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS Road Test Review

Arv Voss - CAP staff
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The second generation (2007) Mitsubishi Outlander grew in stature and was based on a new performance-engineered global platform, which also served as the foundation for the next-generation Lancer and Lancer Evolution models.  Originally, second generation Outlander versions drew their motive power exclusively from a 3.0-litre, MIVEC V6 engine, connected to a six-speed Sportronic automatic transmission.  The engine delivered 220 horsepower along with 204 pound feet of torque.  A new engine option became available for the 2009 model year -- a 2.4-litre four-cylinder that delivered 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. 

The Outlander lineup for 2010 consists of four trim levels, all revised with fresh and aggressive styling.  The lineup features two four-cylinder models – the base ES and ES 4WD -- and two V6 models, the LS 4WD and XLS 4WD. 

Outlander models with the 2.4-litre engine feature a standard CVT Sportronic transmission, while V6-powered models get an enhanced 3.0-litre MIVEC V6 engine, now producing 230 hp and 215 pound-feet of torque, mated to a standard 6-speed Sportronic transmission with "Idle-Neutral Logic." 

Fuel economy for the most basic four-cylinder FWD model is an estimated 9.5L/100km city and 7.2 highway, 8.5 combined, while the four-cylinder with 4WD gets an estimated 9.9, 7.8 and 9.0 respectively.  The top-line V6 with 4WD delivers an estimated 11.2L/100km city, 8.2 highway and 9.8 combined. 
Mitsubishi's new design language was exhibited in the second generation Outlander, characterized by sporty, sharp, clean lines with a "diamond cut" front end and highly pronounced fender flares.  That theme continues with the redesigned 2010 Outlander, which sees the addition of a distinctive jet fighter front grille, evoking the sporty history of Mitsubishi's family lineup.  Both 2.4-litre, FWD and 4WD ES models offer an optional compact third-row underfloor-stowable seat, which is standard on the LS and XLS models.  Standard for all Outlander models is the flat-fold tailgate, which allows easy loading and access of the rear storage area. 

My 2010 test Outlander came in XLS trim, powered by the 3.0-litre V6.  It wore a Cool Silver metallic exterior and featured a Black leather interior.  The base price of this particular model was set at $34,498, although an ES FWD can be had for a much more approachable $25,498. The Sun & Sound Package comes standard on the XLS and includes a killer 750-watt Rockford-Fosgate Punch premium sound system with nine speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer. The available Navigation and Entertainment Package, which includes a 40 GB hard drive navigation system with Music Server and rear-seat DVD player with a 9" monitor bumps the final sticker to $40,198, including PDI and freight. 

All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year / 160,000 km anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along with 5-years / unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.  Mitsubishi's 10-year / 160,000 km powertrain warranty is the best in the business, and 5-year / 100,000 km comprehensive coverage is also extremely good. 
The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander, in all its model representations, is essentially a smart-looking, sporty crossover SUV with modest enhancements for the new model year.  My XLS version featured an impressive list of standard features and equipment, with more than enough power providing plenty of "get-up-and-go." 

The Outlander manages to blend pleasing driving dynamics with good looks, functionality and versatility.  It's comfortable and agile too.  The four-wheel drive system, for versions so equipped, may be operated "on-the-fly" via a simple control knob. Mitsubishi's S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system is the first in this class to integrate an electronically controlled Active Front Differential with an electronically controlled centre differential system for rally-like handling; performance parts right out of the Evo X parts bin. 

Seating up front is infinitely adjustable for optimum driving comfort and there's plenty of room in back.  The flap-fold tailgate is ideal for tailgate parties and will support up to 200 kilos (440 pounds). 

The Outlander is attainable for a wide range of consumers thanks to its broad price range.  The optional equipment packages are reasonably priced as well, enabling buyers to personally outfit their Outlander to best suit their needs.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, Mitsubishi, 2010, Outlander, $20,000 - $29,999, Compact,

Organizations: Mitsubishi

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