2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Highway Drive
March 04, 2011
Our Outlander Sport is a decent urban runabout. But I haven't found it particularly enjoyable for long-distance driving on the freeway. There are a couple reasons. One is noise. Road noise is prominent at times, and the car's big side mirrors kick up a fair amount of wind noise. This isn't to say that the O-Sport is making a racket -- in testing, we measured 69.2 db at 70 mph, compared to 72.9 db for our notably noisy Mazda 2 and 67.1 db for our Chevy Cruze -- but in general I find myself noticing wind, road and engine noise more in our Sport than I do in most other long-term cars.
I also haven't found the driver seat to be all that comfortable -- the cushioning is too flat and firm for my tastes. Oldham wrote he liked the comfort, though, so there would seem to be a divergent opinion here. I do like having a telescoping steering wheel, something our regular Outlander doesn't have.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor