2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: The Old Switcheroo
July 26, 2010
This is the Outlander's shifter. Note the orientation of the manual shift control -- upshifts require a push forward, downshifts a pull back.
Why this is dumb after the jump...
This is the shifter in a Lancer Evo X with Mitsu's awesome SST transmission. Note the manual shift orientation.
Now explain that. Same company. Different logic.
Mitsubishi is one of the few companies which understands that pushing forward for downshifts is an intuitive action as it's done during braking. Similarly, upshifts, which occur during acceleration, should be executed by pulling backwards. What's more, that's how shifts are oriented in a real sequential transmission.
But not in the Outlander.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor