Track Tested: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

Track Tested: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT tests hundreds of vehicles a year, but not every one gets a full write-up. The numbers still tell a story, though, so we're introducing a new feature on Straightline called "Track Tested." It's a quick rundown of all the data we collected at the track, along with comments direct from the test drivers. Enjoy.

Is the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT the Evo of crossovers? Not really. There's no dual-clutch transmission and no turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood either. So what makes it a GT?

Well, it does have a slightly more powerful version of Mitsubishi's 3.0-liter V6, not to mention a set of sizable 18-inch wheels and tires at each corner. The rest of the GT's upgrades are largely cosmetic, like the new Evo-inspired nose and contrasting interior stitching.

So how does the more powerful engine and extra grip of the 18-inch wheels and tires help? See for yourself in our latest report from the test track.

Vehicle: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
Odometer: 3317
Date: 09/30/09
Driver: Josh Jacquot

Drive Type: All-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Engine Type: V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,998cc (183 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 230 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 215 @ 3,750
Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear): Disc
Steering System: Speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear): Multilink
Tire Size (front): 225/55R18
Tire Size (rear): 225/55R18
Tire Brand: Goodyear
Tire Model: Eagle LS2
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel Size: 18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel Material (front/rear): Alloy
As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,853

Test Results:
0-30 (sec): 2.9
0-45 (sec): 5.2
0-60 (sec): 7.9
0-75 (sec): 11.9
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 15.9 @ 87.8
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.6
30-0 (ft): 32
60-0 (ft): 130
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 66.2
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.75
Handling Rating: Good
Db @ Idle: 36.1
Db @ Full Throttle: 69.2
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 63.5

Acceleration Comments: Some front wheel slip at launch, presumably before power is fed to the rear wheels -- then immediate hookup. Good power above 4,700 rpm -- sounds like a two-stage manifold switch at that engine speed.

Braking Comments: Significant pedal fade on last run, distance unaffected.

Handling Comments: (Skid pad) Torque biasing feels odd with stability control off. You can truly feel it working in sometimes unnerving ways. (Slalom) Very aggressive stability control hurts an otherwise capable chassis. Turn it off and there's a little Evo in this Outlander.

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