Daily Grind Delights - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Daily Grind Delights

July 22, 2011

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We've all griped about the Outlander Sport's flat-footed nature when left to its own transmission devices. And as noted (and useful when dealing with L.A.'s legions of unpredictable and inattentive zombies) working the CVT manually puts some spring in this Outlander's step. Once you've got that down (or just don't care and leave it in D) you'll likely notice and appreciate this Mitsu's trio of upscale features:

Keyless entry/ignition: Until fairly recently, this was just something you'd see in premium brand luxury cars. Simply touching and then pulling the door handle rather than fishing and/or fumbling with a remote is handy, especially when you're running errands.

Xenon headlights: Another high-end feature that, like the above, is standard on the SE. We've all been on streets that seem to be illuminated with candles, so obviously having powerful headlights with a broad, sharply focused light spray make for a less stressful and more confident night time drive.

Back-up camera: Yes, we all know how to parallel park here. But let's be honest, a back-up camera makes it much easier to fine-tune your car's position on crowded city streets and strip malls (where the spaces here in L.A. are often sub-standard in size.)

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10,996 miles

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