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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: How Many Passengers for Road Trip?

March 09, 2011

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In getting ready for this weekend trip to Mammoth I had to confirm who our second-row passengers in our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander were going to be. See, I made the mistake of inviting three of my friends to ride along with us (front passenger seat was already claimed). Forgot I had invited someone when we started planning the trip, and then invited these two peeps later. Anyhoo, the extra person was going to be SOL. SOL because our passengers don't have to pay for gas; all others in the other cars of our caravan do.

So for a second -- OK, 120 -- I considered squeezing all three people back there. I even asked editor John DiPietro who wrote a post about the backseat whether he thought three people might be able to fit. There is a seatbelt for the middle spot, after all. "Only if they're all really thin," he replied. And it would be mean to squeeze all three back there for a 5 1/2-hour road trip. As for the little-used third row, forget it. "Only if they're kids, and small ones," said another editor.

In any case, we need that cargo area for all our snow gear, luggage and groceries. I would have tried securing the Traverse, which has a more usable third row, instead but we don't have chains for it. So, rather than making the tough choice, I wimped out and had my two friends fight over the backseat. The last one standing after the knife fight got the seat.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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