2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Dirt Roading
April 04, 2011
Had the opportunity to drive the Outlander on a dirt road with some genuine obstacles (for a car) this weekend. Following are a few notes.
This little crossover aquits itself admirably when pressed harder than it should be on a rough, unmaintained dirt road filled with holes, creek crossings and rednecks. A few observations:
- There's more speed available than I had imagined on a rough road. The Outlander walks past solid-axle vehicles like they're, well, solid-axle vehicles.
- Ride comfort is better than the above vehicles which is largely where the speed comes from. It just doesn't feel like it's coming apart through the rough stuff.
- Control feedback is good in the dirt. There's a genuine sense of what's going on between the wheels and the ground.
- The thing feels like it's screwed together well. The interior doesn't produce rattles or squeaks in this environment.
- For the above reasons, I'd choose this over most trucks for simple dirt-road duty.
With modest ground clearance, approach and departure angles, I figured the Outlander would scrape at least once but it never did -- even in a creek crossing filled with genuinely large holes.
Even so, the rednecks certainly don't approve.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor