2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Nearly a Top Gun
August 16, 2010
I drove our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT to San Diego over the weekend. In a futile attempt to avoid I-5 gridlock, I ended up going past MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station Miramar). Yes sports fans, that's the same Miramar (formerly Naval Air Station Miramar) featured in the blockbuster movie "Top Gun."
I found our Outlander to be a bit underappreciated, with good steering and ride quality, and quick transitional handling. However, the 3.0L SOHC V6 rated at 230 hp @ 6250 rpm and 215 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm has absolutely no bottom end and gets buzzy under heavy load. Additionally, there is some rattling coming from the folded 3rd-row seat.
I got 20.9 mpg on recommended (but not required) 91 Premium in 320 miles of a 50/50 mix of Fast Highway and "why-didn't-I-leave-earlier" stopped traffic.
Oh yeah, the air conditioner worked fine, although it's a bit weak, and I did hear the "tchtttttt" record player noises that Kelly reported, but only at low vehicle speeds with the radio off.
All in all, our Outlander GT is a good, sporty small-mid-sized SUV/Crossover.
If you're in San Diego at the beginning of October, make sure to check out the MCAS Air Show.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 3,400 miles