July 08, 2011
The photo above is the Mitsubishi Endeavor, which deserves a special mention for turning the tables the Outlander for the month of June. In June 2010, the Endeavor sold only 114 units, while the Outlander sold 982. Since then, the Endeavor must've gone on a publicity campaign, because it outsold the Outlander 1,817 to 822. This is an increase of 1,494 percent over the previous year.
I'm not sure how this happened. One of our analysts theorizes that those could have been fleet sales. The Outlander is less expensive, better looking and was recently refreshed in 2010. Meanwhile the Endeavor has received mostly cosmetic updates, but is largely the same car that debuted in 2004.
That's not to say that the Endeavor is a bad car. In fact in 2003 it took first place in a midsize crossover SUV comparison test and has been one of our used car best bets for the past few years. But since then, the competition has caught up. In 2011, the Ford Explorer took its place as the midsize SUV used car best bet.
Why do you think the Endeavor has caught on? Which car would you buy? Outlander GT or Endeavor?
Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 20,475 miles
June 30, 2011
Not too long ago, Managing Editor Donna DeRosa asked if CD players were becoming extinct like the 8-track. I was thinking about this as I drove our Outlander GT the other day.
I have been fairly smart phone centric in the last few years. I don't have a home phone, I haven't used my iPod in years and pretty much everything is backed up on my home network just in case my phone dies. Though I'm pretty reliant my phone as a multifunctional device, I never took the time to take advantage of the Outlander's Bluetooth streaming audio until recently. Now that my phone is paired with the car, I can't think of another way I'd rather listen to music. Other than the radio that is.
I feel that the next car I have will need Bluetooth. Not only to be in compliance with the hands free phone law here in California, but as a way to play my music. How important is this feature to you? Is this something you'd want, or does it matter to you?
Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography
June 27, 2011
Somewhere past Grapevine traveling southbound to LA...
"How many miles till 20?" I ask Senior Video Specialist John Adolph from the passenger seat. "We got about another 17 miles or so." There is silence. We've been traveling in the car for eight hours so far that day. The day before we had done 10 hours. We're a little brain dead and tired.
"So what do you think about the Dodgers going bankrupt?" I ask John, a die-hard blue blood. John is a little mad about the situation. We talk for a while until "CRAP!" John exclaimed as he looks closely at the instrument panel. "We're at 15 over!"
We searched for a safe place to pull over, about another three miles down the road. We're a little worn out, so I guess it's forgivable. And to be honest, the Outlander hasn't helped much.
June 20, 2011
Yeah, that's right folks: Plural. After all, it doesn't take a genius to realize that one bike should fit pretty easily into the Outlander GT's plentiful cargo area.
But what about two bikes? And would I still be able to conform to my desire of never lowering a seat post or removing a rear wheel? And would the bikes be able to stand up, or would I have to stack them?
So when The Wife hit me up (side the head) yesterday to take her mountain biking, I was happy to comply.
At first I was a little thrown off by the Outlander's second row of seats, which, when folded, stick up way above the load floor. But after unlocking them into their full-forward position I realized I could squeeze the rear wheel of each bike just to the outside of each respective seat. And a couple bungee cords later, hooked to clips on the Outlander's side walls to keep the bikes from moving (a real hook system would be better), we were loaded and ready to go.
June 16, 2011
Sorry for the ill-lighted garage shot, but I couldn't let this photo op showing the two Outlanders parked nose-to-tail slip by. Looking at the two Mitsu crossover siblings, it's obvious the Sport (lil' bro) has a truncated cargo area and a clipped front end. If you're burning with curiosity over the differences in length, height, weight, cargo and rear passenger space, hit the jump.
June 13, 2011
Our Mitsubishi Outlander is leaving us this week, and now that we're close to knowing the final mileage of our test, we're able to calculate the TMV for our crossover.
Here's what a buyer should expect to pay for our 2010 Outlander GT with 19,000 miles on the odometer:
Private Party: $26,090
Detail Retail: $27,918
The as-tested MSRP was $33,015.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,767 miles
June 10, 2011
With our Mitsubishi Outlander finishing its long-term test, I was digging through the big file of photos used during the past year for the long-term blog.
I never really liked the white paint, and now seeing it staring back at me from a 100 or so pics all at once, I realize how much I would have preferred red, maybe blue?
What color do you like best?
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,469 miles
June 06, 2011
Our long term Outlander GT has grown on me quite a bit. I'm usually not into SUV's, but this has enough of the Evo blood mixed in to make it pretty enjoyable to me. Much like Donna's blog about our TSX wagon, here are the top 10 things I like about our Outlander:
1. Paddle shifters!!!!
2. It's got sauce
3. Truck-like tailgate
4. Blue Tooth streaming audio
5. Sporty suspension and taut ride
6. Seat heaters (yes, truly like Donna)
7. Flip up rear seats for a flat cargo area
8. Keyless ignition
9. Simple to use dial controlled HVAC system
10. Touch screen Nav
Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography
May 31, 2011
I'm in the process squeezing my four-bedroom house into a new two-bedroom place. Not easy, I tell you, and the whole deal doesn't allow for much fun on the weekends until the total transfer is complete.
Since both the minivans were already spoken for over the three-day holiday weekend, the biggest ride I could score was our Mitsubishi Outlander GT.
I'll spare you the pics of my trips to the The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, and multiple Target runs for storage bins, double hanging closet rods, and shelving units, and instead answer a few of the reader questions from Friday's post:
May 27, 2011
We're nearing the one-year mark with our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. As is typical after spending so much time with a long-term test car, we're running out of new things to tell you about.
I'll be driving the Mitsu over the three-day Memorial weekend. If you still have questions, I'll try to find the answers.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,162 miles