2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Poor Man's X3
September 27, 2010
I'll admit it: I like SUVs, especially the small mid-size models. They're practical and space efficient, although most have poor dynamic performance.
One exception is the Benz GLK, which is decent. Another, that I'm particularly interested in driving is the 2011 BMW X3. It's the right size for me and I'm sure the performance will be good.
But what if you can't swing the new X3's $50K price tag?
May I suggest a vehicle identical to our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT?
It's got great handling, accurate steering with good on-center feel, and a well-programmed six speed auto transmission mated to a flexible 3.0 V6. And all this for $33K. Yeah, it could use more power, but in most situations it's fine.
To top it off, the Outlander GT is fitted with paddle shifters! How many SUVs have that?
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 5,500 miles