2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Paddle Shifters Prevent Traffic
October 11, 2010
So, yes, our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander isn't "quick to shift," as Managing Editor Donna pointed out. But I do LOVE its paddle shifters. And, sure, I basically love all paddle shifters (our Insight had them, too). But after having had to drive our Terrain in rush-hour traffic and deal with its shifter with its sad "L" as my only option to "D," I truly believe that if everyone had paddle shifters and/or knew how to drive stick, it would minimize traffic congestion.
Big ifs for sure but a girl can dream, can't she? Hear me out.
Since the Terrain doesn't have any engine braking at all, I found myself going back and forth from throttle to brake more than I cared to. Doing what I hate to do which is always tap my brakes. No one knows how to drive in LA -- accelerate, stop, accelerate, stop. Blah! And everyone always overreacts to brakelights. But with the Outlander's paddle shifters, it's smooth sailing. Just hang back behind the Braker McBrakerton in front of me and I hardly have to tap the brakes at all when I can shift back and forth from 1st to 2nd. The driver behind me doesn't have to freak out and so the chain reaction goes, thereby clearing up the congestion. Ta-da!
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor