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Pretty solid
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By ohiodoug
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought this car at the very end of 2012 after my previous car was totaled and I had to make a decision pretty quick. I really hadn't thought of a CUV, but this was advertised right at 19K as a leftover 2012. I really liked to storage and room in the front and rear, and the ride seemed comfortable. Overall a much better value than just a sedan for someone who needs to haul stuff from time to time. So far (19 months in) the reliability has been excellent. No problems at all! Fuel economy is about as advertised 23/28, with better city mileage than that under some circumstances. However, if your highway speeds get up much above 70mph, the economy seems to drop off sharply.


Best Features

I really like the room in the vehicle; it has a very roomy and comfortable back seat. Folding down the rear seat leaves a huge space! Also, the tailgate is very cool and useful - sorry they didn't continue this in the new model. There's lots of storage, and I like the pretty large gas tank for a CUV on long trips. The ride is really good, much better than my old Mazda6, and the handling is excellent for this type of vehicle. The interior is pretty quiet in the city, a bit noisier on the highway. I love how the gearing of the CVT allows the car to coast with minimal engine braking and how it adds just enough RPM on the hills to keep the cruise right at a set speed.


Worst Features

The CVT is sluggish off the line unless really pushed, although using the manual shift gate seems to alleviate this when needing a fast merge onto the highway. As others have noted, the interior materials seem on the cheap side (plastic gets scratched easily, the fabric on top of the center console doesn't seem durable. Also, the old school design of an RCA jack (whu?!) in the console means you need an adapter or two to use an iPod or MP3 player. Paint seems to chip a bit too easy. Finally, the car came with 'starter' tires. They were Yokohama Geolanders, but only with a tread rating of 200! Replacement Geoloanders have a tread rating way more than double that. What a cheap trick.


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Great Value, Great Vehicle!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By qoheleth
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought this Outlander SE AWD as a 2012 leftover. The price was $21,300, a great price for a SUV with AWD, bluetooth, and lots of nice features. Absolutely nothing has gone wrong or missed a beat in the first 15,000 miles. It has been fun to drive, reliable and relatively economical.


Best Features

Fold-down rear tailgate, decent fuel economy (around 24 mpg in hilly country), very comfortable seats and driving position, excellent and sporty handling, great visibility and sharp looks. It drives like a much larger vehicle in its ride, but handles like a nimble car.


Worst Features

A little more horsepower would be nice, though not absolutely needed.


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CVT sucks
1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By germanwolf41
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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My CVT transmission seized at 137,500 miles. NO mention to change the fluid in the owners manual, just check fluid every 30k miles. Mitsubishi also fails to tell you they expect you to have the MIVEC motor valves to be adjusted every 30k miles (a $400-ish job) Due to limited Mitsubishi dealers I'd advise against buying any Mitsubishi. Also, the CVT fluid is $19.50 per quart, 6qt roughly to change fluid once. The ONLY place you can get the Diaqueen J4 tranny fluid IS at Mitsubishi. NOT worth the hassle. Odd size for the 18" wheels, hard to find & expensive to replace tires. Only 4 choices


Best Features

Decent mileage for such a big vehicle, nice interior, nice stereo, nice exterior look


Worst Features

add 2nd hood latch (1 on each side), hood flexes bad when on highway, ditch CVT, offer manual tranny, 3rd row is chinsy, keep the split rear hatch (the flip down part is neat)


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Nice in some areas, but with important shortcomings
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By kgl1
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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We have leased 2 Mitsubishi Outlanders 2012- a full size 7 seater (4cyl) and Sport model. Both have 4wd systems. The value is very good, that was by far the best lease deal on any suv we could find, and they also gave us the best deal on our trade-ins we could find anywhere. We liked the overall appearance, features and the test drive experience of both cars. the fact that in one of them there are 7 seats, and it is a full 4wd makes it already quite unique. Everything is good and fun about these cars, but 3 important areas: fuel economy is way below the advertised, especially in the city. Cheap, easily stainable/scratchable plastic used. CVT transmission is noisy and slow to react.


Best Features

On the Outlander Sport 4wd- you can make your lights dim or go brighter, good comfortable seats, full 4wd, heated front seats are standard, exterior is well-designed, windshield wipers adjust speed automatically, according to the force of rain. On the full size model - good comfortable seats, full 4wd, a lot of room in the trunk, when last row of seats is folded, exterior is well-designed. Very much like unfolding lower part of the trunk, make it leveled flat with the rest of the trunk. It is very convenient for loading and unloading stuff. Both cars have a good security/car entry system, and no key is needed to turn on the engine.


Worst Features

Better plastics inside (it is not the look of it so much that needs to be changed, but the fact it scratches and stains, like it is made from beewax. The spots don't come off - you touch it with your finger, and it can leave a spot). Please, no CTV ever again! I am so fed-up with CTV in principle that I will never buy or lease any car, from any maker with it again. Better fuel economy.


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Decent Value
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By jaydoh
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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Compared lots of other models (Mazda CX-5, Buick Encore, Kia Sorrento and Sport age, more). This one won on price, warrantee (over Mazda, Buick, and other 3/36 warranties), and room/versatility/fuel economy for the price. They were all good, but this was lowest priced and came with a lot of room, flexibility and deceng mpg. Only real complaint is build quality. Kinda cheaply built. But overall, very nice so far.


Best Features

The tailgate has a unique feature that flips down the lower edge into a loading platform and creates a loading opening much larger than any competitor. Very handy for trips to Home Depot, the furniture or appliance stores, etc. The lockable 4 wheel drive is a great feature. Computer controlled AWD only kicks in when you need it, but that is up to the computer! And the computer doesn't think you need it until it senses you are losing traction. The Rockford Fosgate sound system packs some nice bass.


Worst Features

Cheap build quality. This SUV was obviously built to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. Cheap everything. Just open the drivers door and look at the latches and hinges. Close the door and be unimpressed too (you will wonder what is protecting you from a side impact collision). Wish the back seats came out, this thing has GOBS of hauling space - taking out the seats would provide a small cave!


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