2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Track Tested
July 31, 2010
Like everything else in our fleet, once the break-in period was complete ( hindered by an air conditioning repair) our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT hit the test track in persuit of numbers.
The 2010 Outlander GT uses a three-mode adjustable all wheel drive system Mitsubishi calls S-AWD. It's derived from the Lancer Evolution and has a first-in-class active front differential and electronic center differntial. Our 2010 Outlander also has a 230 horsepower V6 and six-speed automatic transmission.
So how'd it do? Jump to find out and watch a special low-quality video!
Vehicle: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Driver: Chris Walton
Base Price (with destination and tax): $$29,250
Options: Diamond White Pearl, Premium Navigation and Leather Package ($3,000 -- includes leather seating surfaces for first- and second-row seats; heated front seats; power driver seat; 40GB hard disk drive navigation system; music server hard drive; real-time traffic information; reverse view camera system; auxiliary video input jack).
As-Tested Price: $33,015
Drive Type: All-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,998 / 183
Redline (rpm): 6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 230 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 215 @ 3,750
Brake Type (front): 11.6-inch ventilated discs
Brake Type (rear): 11.9-inch solid discs
Steering System: Speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): P225/55R18 97H
Tire Size (rear): P225/55R18 97H
Tire Brand: Goodyear
Tire Model: Eagle LS2
Tire Type: All Season
Wheel Size: 18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel Material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,845
0 - 30 (sec): 2.9
0 - 45 (sec): 5.1
0 - 60 (sec): 7.9
0 - 75 (sec): 12.0
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.9 @ 87.6
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.6
30 - 0 (ft): 33
60 - 0 (ft): 131
Slalom (mph): 62.9 stability off, 58.7 on
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.77 stability off, 0.67 trac on
Db @ Idle: 44.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 74.8
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 68
Acceleration Comments: Best run was in manual mode with paddle shift to delay up shift until redline. In drive, shifts were +/- 500 rpm lower. There's a noticeable cam phase change at 4,500 rpm. Seems a bit loud, but in a sporty way.
Braking Comments: Pedal is initially firm, then goes a little spongy half way to the floor. Brakes feel up to the task but tires don't. Lots of screech and susceptible to the quality of the pavement grip/grit.
Handling Comments: Slalom: With ESC off, the Outlander feels happy to play with a hint of lift-throttle rotation and rear-drive behavior (in 'tarmac' mode). Steering is quick / precise / informative. With ESC, the parameters are far lower with highly intrusive, punishing brake application. Skidpad: With ESC off, I could detect the inside front tire occasionally lifting and spinning. Easy to control / steer with throttle alone. Steering weight is good. With ESC on, there's near-constant brake intervention and the smooth arc becomes a jagged line.