2008 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
I considered all the other compact SUVs out there including the RAV4 and CR-V before choosing the Outlander. The Outlander definitely has the others beat on price, styling and overall utility. Plus itís a great value and costs thousands less than a comparably equipped RAV4 or CR-V. The 4 cylinder is plenty of power for me and I can use the paddle shifters to quickly downshift if I need to. The handling is very good with excellent cornering. Itís nice to drive a good looking car that you donít see on the road often Ė I get plenty of admiring looks from people.
The Rockford Fosgate sound system sounds wonderful Ė I was worried it would not be refined but it is. Other favorite features include: the dual-opening rear hatch, the AC outlet in the armrest, the 18 inch wheels, the power moonroof, the leather-trimmed seats.
The interior build quality and materials could be improved but itís not a huge deal Ė it all still looks great especially in all black. I would love to see a hybrid version.