2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
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.
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.
Cheap build quality.
This SUV was obviously built to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
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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