2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Trying to Like it
July 25, 2011
I spent three days in our 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE and I wish I could be more enthusiastic about it. I drove to San Diego and liked the way it handled at highway speeds and the interior is attractive if you don't look to closely. It's also a good size for tight parking spaces and still has a roomy interior. But the navigation system is difficult to program and my cell phone had to be connected each time I got in the car. After driving 316 miles we got 25.3 mpg which is pretty good for a tall SUV.
I don't mind the lack of power as much as the feeling you get from the power delivery. You step on the gas, the engine buzzes and then it sort of accelerates. The problem is that the 2.0 L, 148-hp engine feels disconnected from the transmission. Years ago I owned a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant and, while it wasn't fast, it had good low-end torque. Around town it felt lively and responsive. An auto engineer once said something to me that has really stuck with me: "People buy horsepower but they drive torque." Unfortunately, the Outlander is short on both.
Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor @ 11,311 miles