2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Not Quick To Shift

July 12, 2010


I'm too nice. I keep allowing myself to get stuck with the Outlander without A/C. It was really hot running errands this weekend. The fan works but it blows in hot air. It was like having the heater on. So I had to turn it off and lower the windows. It didn't really help that much. But the good news is that the compressor is in and we should have it fixed this week.

Onto other news. I'm not crazy about driving the Outlander. Sure, it's comfortable. It has heated leather seats and satellite radio. But the six-speed automatic transmission is sluggish. It's not quick with the downshifts or the upshifts for that matter. When I try to make a speedy move, something as simple as moving slowly up to a left turn and then trying to take off fast. Or trying to pass on the freeway. It doesn't react quickly enough. I was tempted to drive it in manual mode all the time.

I'm looking forward to seeing how it handles at the test track. I'd like to hear what the other editors think. Perhaps when it has cool air again, someone else will be willing to drive it.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 1,068 miles

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