2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Can Slalom Traffic
January 31, 2011
It's true, as editor Ed said, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is slower than its name implies. And if it was pre-driving school Caroline -- when I was afraid to rev an engine for fear of hurting it (my dad, who's not a car guy, taught me that) -- I would have to resign myself to driving the Mitsu in the slow lane.
But since I now know that revving is OK, I have no problem downshifting to get that little boost to fly around slower-moving traffic. Another good thing is this Mitsu's size and supportive seats. I feel like I'm wearing it and therefore have no qualms about negotiating traffic, quickly. It handles well, with not too much roll, at least when slaloming Priuses on the 405.
Its track test backs me up: "Slalom: The Outlander Sport suffers from slow steering as well as a sensation that it's rolling from side to side on its springs with little help from the shock absorbers. But the fact that it's so small and narrow made it easy to toss around, and it has a stable and forgiving nature."
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor