2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Looks Good, Feels Slow
January 18, 2011
Can't say that I'm all that surprised that the Outlander feels slow. That's what happens when you saddle this much vehicle with 150 horsepower and a CVT. It's a shame too as it looks like it might be a shade sporty on the outside, even says so right there in the name.
Then again, that's pretty much been the promise of very compact SUV built over the last decade or so. The smaller size always makes them look more nimble and fun yet they're always saddled with tiny engines. This Outlander's four-cylinder is so over matched that you just don't even try to go fast. It's slightly relaxing though, like driving my old 200-hp F-250. You just resign yourself to the slow lane and turn on the radio. It's not so bad really, but I probably wouldn't pay $28,000 for it though.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line