2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: The Irony

June 02, 2011

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This Japanese small utility vehicle doesn't even recognize its own language. Case in point: some songs loaded to USB thumb drive from a new album by KODO, a Japanese traditional drum corps. The new album, Akatsuki, is full of folk melodies, straight-up bushido spirit and the infernal, thunderous drumming for which this crew is famous.

But the Mitsu multimedia center doesn't even recognize the Japanese characters in the song titles. It just stares quizzically like some two-dimensional electronic Riddler.

Could be a read error in the USB stick's file structure (the contents displayed on computer show up normally). Could be that the head unit - which I'm guessing is not supplied by Rockford Fosgate, but rather a Japanese or Korean OEM - doesn't recognize international characters. Could be that the drumming contained therein simply blew the infotainment system's mind. But the irony is staggering.

Carry on.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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