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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Random Trip Notes

November 28, 2011

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Having wrapped up our L.A. to Monterey road trip, we have just a few more notes on the Mitsu and the trip itself.

-- On the sparsely populated, unlit mountain roads the standard xenon headlights were much appreciated as they cast a powerful, wide swath of light with a well-defined cut-off.

-- We averaged a respectable 24.8 mpg over 818 miles of mostly highway driving.

-- The nav system needs to mute the stereo more when it gives voice prompts. Sometimes it was as if Lady Monotone was trying to rap along with the music. And yes, we had the prompts volume set high enough.

-- Another high-tech bugaboo is that when you're using the Bluetooth phone hook-up, there's a low but still annoying fax machine-like noise that accompanies the call.

-- As I've said before, the Outlander Sport's a snap to park with its pug nose styling, clipped tail and rearview camera.

-- Trip highlights included the charming Centrella Inn bed and breakfast (shown above) in Pacific Grove as well as the incredible Monterey Bay Aquarium, (the sea otters are a riot).

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 19,794 miles.

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Roadtrip Fuel Economy

November 03, 2011

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Last week's 1000-mile round trip to Infineon Raceway in our longterm 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was sort of a reprise. I'd driven a similar route in the same Outlander during the summer months, so I was curious to compare the fuel economy of both 1000-mile trips.

August roadtrip: 23.2 mpg

October roadtrip: 21.7 mpg

One caveat that makes this not quite an apples to apples comparison -- my cruising speed was very roughly 3-5 mph higher during the October trip, and that appears to have more than offset any fuel economy benefit the notably cooler ambient temperature provided. You gotta pay to play...

--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and 2011 Nissan Juke: Most Fuel-Efficient Crossovers

May 26, 2011

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Our top 10 list of the most fuel-efficient SUVs and Crossovers for 2011 published today on Edmunds and the 2011 Nissan Juke came in at 3rd place with 27 city/32 highway/29 combined behind the Ford Escape Hybrid/Mercury Mariner Hybrid and Lexus RX 450h. See? How can anyone not like the Juke? Sure, its looks are an acquired taste but it's fun to drive, has decent fuel economy and did I already mention it's a blast to drive?

By the way, I asked my brother, new Juke owner, if he ever used the Sport mode when driving his Juke and he said no. He likes to stick to the Eco mode for the most part around the city. Understandable since gas is crazy expensive now and he's not a driving enthusiast anyway. I wonder if most Juke owners feel the same way?

Oh yeah, and the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport fell behind the Juke and Toyota Highlander in 5th place with 25 city/31 highway/27 combined.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: On-Demand 4WD

January 07, 2011

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So when I get into the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES AWC last week it's pouring down rain, a fairly remarkable occurrence here in Southern California. The Sport has just returned from a skiing expedition and I look down to see the control knob for the four-wheel-drive system still dialed to its 4wd slot.

Ah, what to do. Do you drive away in 2wd mode or 4wd mode?

Out there in the real world where there's real weather, real people know the moment when it's smart to dial in the AWC knob to four-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the rest of us are wrestling with half-remembered misconceptions about the nature of four-wheel drive and its impact on fuel economy as well as general overall vehicle karma.

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC: Shape of the Future

January 05, 2011

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This is the shape of the future.

Small crossovers powered by four-cylinder engines don't get much respect. They are cheap and cheerful utility vehicles, and sometimes more crappy than cheerful. Beneath them you find architecture from small compact cars, like the Honda Civic (CR-V), Hyundai Elantra (Tuscon) and Volkswagen Golf (Tiguan). Underneath the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport you'll find a Mitsubishi Lancer.

But gas prices are starting to climb. Toyota predicts $4 per gallon this year and the former president of Shell Oil is talking about $5 per gallon by next year. And that means fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines will start to look pretty good, even in crossovers.

Vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be getting respect and we'll all talk about the Dodge Caliber and Honda Element being futuristic vehicles, misunderstood and introduced ahead of their time.

The Outlander Sport seems like a pretty good one of these crossovers with a four-cylinder engine. But one thing to think about is the fact that this Sport SE AWCcarries a price tag of $28,018. We've driven a base model Outlander Sport ES priced at $18,495 and the experience was not cheerful even if it was cheap.

That's the trouble with the shape of the future. It'll be less expensive to run, but it won't really be much cheaper to buy. If you want the nice stuff, you'll still have to pay.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 3,395 miles

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Road Trip Summary

December 26, 2010

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Miles: 1,087.7 miles
Gallons of gas: 42.474 gallons
Average mpg: 25.61
Most miles on one tank: 359.7 miles
Best mpg from one tank:27.07
4WD used: yes
Fast food stops: 4

Seth Compton, Field Producer @ 3,008 miles

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