The Mitsubishi Outlander is a stylish crossover SUV that seats five. A compact third row is available to allow seven, but the two flip-up seats are as small as they come and suitable only for small children for short periods of time.
The 2011 Outlander models offer improved fuel economy both from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the 3.0-liter V6. The current-generation version was launched as a 2007 model and it was updated with fresh styling for 2010.
The 2011 Outlander ES and SE are equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 23/28 mpg City/Highway on Regular gas, an improvement of 2 miles per gallon over the 2010 Outlander. With four-wheel drive, the 2011 Outlander SE gets 22/27 mpg. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 168 horsepower and benefits from a fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission, or CVT.
The 2011 Outlander XLS and GT models are equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 that delivers power and smoothness at high speeds. The V6 is mated to a sharp 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The 2011 Outlander XLS 2WD gets an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg, a slight improvement over 2010. The 2011 Outlander GT S-AWC is rated 19/25 mpg. Premium fuel is recommended for the V6.
The Outlander GT comes with Super All-Wheel Control, or S-AWC, developed for the Lancer Evolution, which provides super control and traction, as well as secure handling in corners.
Stylistically, the Outlander has presence. The styling was redesigned for 2010 to look more like 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.
The cabin features a handsome and functional dashboard and instrument panel. The bolstered seats fit just right, the 60/40 second row tumbles forward to create 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With heating and air conditioning vents in the rear, bottle holders in the door pockets, and sliding rear seats, passengers will be comfortable.