2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test


2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Better, Stronger, Faster.

November 22, 2011

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We wish.

I like the looks, size and nimble nature of the Outlander Sport. And the heated seats and navi also get it brownie points. But that laggardly powertrain! Unless you work the paddles and keep it on the boil (and hurt the fuel mileage), you best plan your merging and passing maneuvers well in advance. Ok, enough caning an expired equine.

Mitsubishi is bringing out its all electric "i" for 2012. Toyota's bringing back an all-electric version of the RAV4 next year. Think about how much better Mitsu's truly compact SUV would be with either an all-electric or hybrid powertrain. Zippy performance and much lower "fuel" costs. Works for me. There was some buzz back in July about Mitsu bringing out a plug-in hybrid version of its truly compact SUV in 2013, but we haven't heard anything since.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 18,886 miles.

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