2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Plenty of Room for More Motor
April 28, 2011
Kind of wish Mitsubishi had used it. This is little four-cylinder is modern, efficient and reasonably powerful, but it struggles in this particular application. I figured that after more seat time I would get used to its modest powerband. I haven't.
The CVT sure doesn't help. When you have a small engine that's struggling to remain smooth while winding its heart out, a CVT only makes it worse.
Apart from the engine's lack of punch, I still like the general driving experience in the Outlander. Solid suspension tuning, minimal road noise and decent steering make it a good errand runner. Still looks way better than a CR-V too.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com