Dog Report - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Dog Report

August 09, 2011

This weekend my 7-year-old pit mix Mya traveled with us to Willows for the 24 Hours of Lemons race in Thunderhill. We had to decide between the Nissan Juke and the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE but went with the latter for its larger cargo area. (Considering the Bad in JayKav's post, I kinda wished that we just went with the Nissan.) In any case, here are some observations with regard to doggy travel:

-- In our Outlander Sport there aren't any rear vents but we could aim the vents on the dash straight back toward the backseat and it kept her cool, especially important during the muggy 95-degree weather up in NorCal.

-- There's a handy pocket just behind the driver seat that's perfect for storing her leash for easy access. No such pocket behind the front passenger seat, so we kept her on the driver side.

-- Even after a run through the car wash, her fur was still stuck to the cloth on the backseat. This will require something stronger than a vacuum cleaner to remove, maybe sticky tape.

-- Mya didn't seem as comfortable as she was in the Acura TSX Sport Wagon in that during the road trip -- even though we did pit stops for her so she could stretch her legs and take bathroom breaks -- she would still fidget, sigh, whine and sit straight up, looking at me with those "Are we there yet?" eyes. I'm thinking she didn't like the loud RAWRR of the Outlander Sport's CVT whenever JayKav clicked the paddles for a downshift since she always woke up when that happened. But that's my know, since Mya can't talk.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 12,648 miles

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