2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Review: Nice in some areas, but with i

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander - Consumer Review

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SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)

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Nice in some areas, but with important shortcomings
By kgl1 on


2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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.

Favorite 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.

Suggested Improvements

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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