How's Business? - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: How's Business?

November 08, 2011

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I recently received an e-mail from Mitsubishi trumpeting the fact that overall calendar year to date (meaning January through October in this case) sales for the brand are up 51 percent over last year. It also stated that the Outlander Sport had "another strong showing" with 1,286 units sold for October.

Not sure what Mitsu's definition of strong is, but for October Kia sold 3,519 Sportages and Hyundai sold 3,777 Tucsons. Given their size, price points and sporty chassis tuning, those Korean cousins are the Outlander Sport's most direct competitors. Maybe if Mitsubishi gave the Sport a less lackadaisical powertrain, sales would be even "stronger".

Still, as many of us have said, working the shift paddles puts some spring in its step and it's a good city runabout given its small footprint and handy rearview camera. In unrelated news, I dig the front end styling and think it's especially sharp in this dark red shade.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 18,185 miles

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