Not a Shopping Cart - 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Not a Shopping Cart

September 22, 2010

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Maybe it's the whole crossover thing. When people say "crossover," they mean "carlike." And somehow, carlike has become synonymous with a vehicle that not only looks like a shopping cart but also has the soul of a shopping cart, too.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is not a shopping cart. We need to stop thinking of it as a shopping cart. It's never going to seem very friendly bouncing over the speed bumps at Target. And it's never going to have adults sitting in the third row unless it's one of those sad extended families headed off to Marie Callender's for a holiday dinner.

The Mitsubishi Outlander GT puts the sport into sport-utility. The platform beneath the Mitsubishi's bodywork might be related to that of the Dodge Caliber, but this is a very angry Dodge Caliber at least. It's really a Lancer Ralliart in truck clothes, actually. In fact, it reminds me of a truck, an updated version of the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, one of the great truck-based SUVs.

You go places in a truck. You carry your stuff with you in a truck, like all that gear with toggles and Gore-tex and helmets and stuff. You carry skis and bikes, or even just muddy boots. And you pull a trailer with motocross bikes or a watercraft or even a Laser dinghy.

Sure, you've got that three-row seating thing, but you don't have to be a family guy to drive an Outlander GT. In fact, it might be the only compact sport-utility that you can drive that doesn't make you feel like you should be cutting the backyard grass on weekends instead of going to the beach. That's why the pictures of the Outlander GT published by Mitsubishi (like the one above) don't feature the parking lot at Target.

The Outlander GT might be a crossover, but let's treat it like a truck, not a shopping cart.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor,

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