Just Right - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Just Right

January 06, 2011


I just got over a rough case of the flu so I was a bit foggy the first day back. When I walked down to our garage to jump into the Outlander Sport, I hit the unlock button and the damn thing wouldn't unlock. I did that about three times before I realized I had the keys for the other white meat: the Outlander GT. At first I worried about early dimentia, but I soon realized my mistake and it reaffirmed my earlier belief that this day would be rough. It was pretty sad none the less.

Driving the Outlander GT back home again I got my wires crossed. I was thinking this thing has plenty of power and is fairly responsive throttle wise. It confused me but I thought my previous experiences were of it being wheezy and underpowered. It took a little time, but the fog cleared. No, that previous experience was in the Outlander Sport.

It's a shame the Sport isn't very, well, sporty. I really dig the Sports snub-nose scrappy looks of a boxer. It's a boxer with a glass jaw in my opinion. The Sport would be a lot sweeter to drive with the GT's 3.0 L V6 pumping out 230 hp. The Sport is getting beat by its small crossover segment adversaries in nearly every category. Having a good helping of power to go along with its tough looks would help it fight the competition. Granted, our GT is nearly $5k more than the Sport, and that's a steep "granted", but the extra cash is worth the driving experience.

The GT doesn't have a lot of personality for me. Yeah it's got power and a nice ride, but it's not very memorable otherwise. Each flavor of the Outlander we have in our LT fleet is ho-hum in my opinion, but if you made a cross-breed between the two I think you'd have an outstanding vehicle. Maybe I still have a case of brain fog from getting over the flu and I'm over thinking this. Do you agree with me, or is each model fine the way it is?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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