2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Audio Packaging
October 04, 2011
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE has a Rockford Fosgate system that's identical spec-wise to the system that was in our former long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: nine speakers (including a 10-inch subwoofer) powered by 710 watts. The two systems should also sound the same (hence no audio review on the Sport SE) but they look very different.
The tweeter pictured above is from the Outlander Sport SE, and it's pretty generic compared to the silver-highlighted tweeter in the Rockford system in the Outlander GT.
I've always liked the bold, aftermarket-like packaging of the RF tweeters in the GT. Same with the 10-inch subwoofer. The subwoofer in the Sport SE (below left) is certainly more bad-ass than bland compared to most other OEM subs. But the same 10 in the GT (below right) has a bit more style.
The GT stickered at $33,030, but the Rockford system was standard, whereas the Sport SE cost $28,810 and you have to pay $1,800 for the Premium Package option to get the same system.
Does such audio packaging appeal to you, even if the sound is the same? And is the extra styling worth the extra dough?
Doug Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology