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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Dog Report 2

October 25, 2011

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Yes, ended up taking our 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE for the road trip to 24 Hours of Lemons at Infineon Raceway this weekend, and not the Ford Explorer. And even though I already did a Dog Report on the Mitsu, I discovered a couple more things I wasn't crazy about. But first, I love the above photo of Mya in the car. Would you try and steal this car? Heh.

OK, well, once again, the issue about there not being any rear-seat vents came up during the 80-plus-degree days in Northern California. Since the only air Mya could get in the backseat was from the vents on the dash, we had the fan blowing high and the A/C making things colllld up front but comfortable in the back. I turned on my seat heater (naturally) and threw on a jacket to make it bearable.

Also, there aren't any overhead lights, or any lights, in the back so buckling Mya's harness in was slow going. Fortunately for me my dog has this uncanny knack of sitting right on the seatbelt fastener EVERY time we put her in the back. So I just try and push her stubborn 65-pound butt out of the way and click her in. But I'm sure not every dog has that seatbelt fastener-finding ability so no lights in the back could be an issue to those Outlander owners who have dogs.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Using the Pass Through

October 11, 2011

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I'm not sure, but I may be the first to use the Outlander Sport's pass through. Glad it was there. Usually the 60/40 split fold down rear seat gets the job done, but this time I wanted to take this old floor lamp and my family over to a friend's house to watch some ALCS.

Don't laugh. The guy won the lamp fair and square, and I always pay my debts. Although, I have decided to lay off the poker for a while.

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Hauls the Ladder

October 10, 2011

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This weekend I managed to fit my 6 foot ladder in our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Honestly, I didn't think it would fit, but it did once I pushed the passenger seat as far forward as possible.

Nice surprise.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,686 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Peculiar Roof Rails

September 08, 2011

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Our long-term 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE has some peculiar roof rails. They're completely solid with no gap to the roof's sheet metal. From the top pic it appears like the gap of a standard roof rail were simply fillled in.

You'll see in that pic there are mounting points for trusses across the rails, similar to conventional roof rails (2008 Lexus GX on the jump, for comparison).

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Hauls Tires

August 25, 2011

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My old Firebird is getting new rubber. But four new bolognas don't fit in my Firebird, so this morning I used the Outlander to get the new BFGs to the installation point.

Folding the Outlander's rear seat is a study in easy. And it folded flat. Nice.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Not Ideal for Lemons

August 12, 2011

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Last weekend we had the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE for our road-trip car to the 24 Hours of Lemons race up at Thunderhill Raceway near Chico. (That's our blurry Lemon Miata in the center as viewed from the Outlander in the paddock.)

Past long-termers have been functional enough to serve as dressing room, punchline and race mule. But our Outlander was barely large enough to lug our race gear and weekend luggage as well as dog paraphernalia and dog. And when fetching additional race gas, we even had to resort to using a Subaru Brat for obvious reasons.

Of course, being a not-so-great Lemons transport can be said for a lot of our current long-termers but if our Outlander even had been fun to drive, had decent fuel economy or equipped with working Bluetooth, satellite radio and iPhone connector, that would have redeemed it a bit. As it was, bleh.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Dog Report

August 09, 2011

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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 interpretation...you know, since Mya can't talk.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 12,648 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Back from Berlin

July 18, 2011

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Our 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport pulled airport duty while I spent two days in Berlin. It sat patiently on the rooftop level at Wally Park, a name that for some reason makes a certain Canadian friend of mine crack up every time I say it.

One large international bag from Costco and one backpack equals one last thing to do before I climb in and drive home.

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Just Enough

March 07, 2011

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"I'll be here until 5 if you want to come back."

That's what the guy at the flea market told me as I handed him cash for the two steel carts I just bought. He didn't think I could fit them into my car. Honestly, I had the same worries, but I didn't say anything. My lady did, however.

"I don't know, Scott. I think we have to come back."

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Five Things I Like

February 28, 2011

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1) Sporty styling. Typically small crossovers are as generic as Kirkland. But the Outlander Sport looks sharp.

2) The sunroof. Liked a couple of us have noted before, it's really pretty impressive in the way it airs out the cabin when open.

3) Easy to park. Driving a vehicle with a small footprint is always nice.

4) Cargo space. Sometimes I need more space than a sedan's trunk for a bulky item, but not that much more. The Sport's 50 cubic feet is sufficient for a lot of slightly extraordinary tasks.

5) Shift paddles. They're a useful workaround for the economy-tuned CVT.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,114 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Pretty Tied Up

February 07, 2011

Outlander Sport-middle belt_01_web.jpg Odd thing about the Outlander Sport's rear seat fold: you can't detach or move the middle seat shoulder belt out of the way. That it has a shoulder belt for the middle seat is cool; they could've cheaped out and just included a lap belt. But it does seem an oversight to not at least notch the belt loop, and offer the option of hanging the belt out of the way.

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Power Liftgate

February 03, 2011

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Remote engine start will cost you an extra $450, but there's no option for a power rear liftgate on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

I'd pay $1,000 for a power hatch. It's something I'd use nearly every day.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 4,438 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Cleaning House

January 19, 2011

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After spending the weekend driving our long-term Chevy Cruze, I started thinking that maybe I was done with SUVs, over crossovers. I mean, I only have one kid, so how much could I really need to own an SUV when a sedan has the convenience of four doors and is generally much easier to drive around town?

That feeling lasted until the next day when I took the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to pick up a rented carpet cleaner. (Even sprang for the WideTrack model, baby).

Opened the Mitsu's rear hatch and deftly loaded it in.

Not that it wouldn't have been possible to transport the sturdy Rug Doctor in the Cruze, but it was totally painless to toss it in the Sport's cargo hold.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 3,864 miles

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