Today we’ll do a complete one day at-a-glance review of the new 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has been completely redesigned for 2010. It has a new look on the outside and has a reengineered 3.0 liter V-6 engine under the hood. The Outlander GT ($29,250) is a new model for 2010. The GT is the Outlander model with all the new technology and available options. It comes standard with the V-6 and six-speed, and uses the same all-wheel-drive system as on the Mitsubishi Evolution, called Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC).
The new 3.0-liter V-6 has 230 horsepower, 215 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Engineers improved the SOHC V-6 (with MIVEC electronic valve timing) by increasing intake efficiency and compression ratio. It gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg; premium fuel is recommended with the higher compression but runs just fine on regular unleaded.
The Outlander GT with S-AWC, (Super All-Wheel Control), provides good control and traction on snow and ice, as well as secure handling. It performed well in a section of mountain curves near Evergreen, and the S-AWC was undetectable. It’s not quite like driving an Audi A4 Quattro, but it’s still a good all-wheel-drive vehicle for Denver commuters.
The Mitsubishi Outlander feels smooth and stable at high speeds and gets up to speed with little effort. The interior is quiet even at highway speeds and the all season tire noise is kept to a minimum. The 3.0 liter V-6 has ample power and acceleration is there when you need it. The SUV had plenty of power heading up I-70 to the ski slopes at altitude.
The S-AWC all-wheel-drive system in the Outlander GT uses an Active Front Differential and electronically controlled center differential. Mitsubishi has a test they use by driving up a hill with the left wheels on pavement and right wheels on ice. They say the system is not fooled and will adjust for the difference in traction. The dial on the console makes it easy to change from Tarmac, to Snow, or Lock.
Another advanced feature in the GT is called Idle Neutral Logic, which puts the transmission into neutral when the vehicle comes to a stop, saving fuel while sitting in traffic or at a stoplight. It was never detected that the INL was at work.
The fully loaded Outlander GT comes with a well appointed interior. The 2010 GT gets a new dashboard and instrument panel that’s functional and easy to read. The GT adds rain-sensing wipers, bi-Xenon HID headlamps, aluminum pedals, and a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system. The Premium leather package with heated seats, reverse view camera, and navigation can be ordered for an extra $3,000 for additional luxury and convenience.
The rear seat folds forward to create a very usable 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Heating and air conditioning vents are included in the rear, and the seats slide back giving passengers in the second row an extra level of comfort. The GT has a standard compact third row, although the two flip-up seats are small and only usable for small children or very short trips for an adult.
The only complaint about the new Outlander is the warning chime that notifies the driver when the temperature drops below 37 degrees. It gives 3 loud warnings and can be distracting, especially if the driver takes their eyes off the road looking for why the alarm is sounding.
The redesigned 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT stands out from the SUV crowd with its new looks and the powerful new 3.0-liter V-6. The Outlander offers plenty of cargo capacity, a low-priced 4WD option for Denver drivers, all the technology, and value for this price.
Tomorrow we’ll take a first look at the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan.