2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Boards & Buckets
December 28, 2010
Just eyeballing the Outlander GT, I couldn't tell if it was much longer than my Jeep Cherokee, my faithful board-and-drums hauler for years. Turns out it's longer and more cavernous than I thought; long enough, and then some, to slide in a 9'2 longboard lengthwise. I have roof racks, pads and straps for the Cherokee, but only use them when hauling friends and their sticks. Driving solo to the beach, it's just easier to slide in the 9'2 log crosswise, the nose resting up against the windshield. There's just enough room. Might be able to squeeze in a 9'4.
No such problem in the Outlander GT. Had to play with a couple of configurations, but settled on folding the rear seatbacks, sliding the front passenger seat forward, then reclining it and pulling the headrest to create a flat-enough surface. Plenty of room to spare up on the dash. Could probably load a 10-foot log if you wanted. And this is the "40-split" side of the rear seats, so you could actually raise the other side for a passenger and carry a couple of boards angled on their rails. Not ideal, but possible.
Meanwhile, look at that dash! You could change a small nursery's diapers on that thing.
On the eve of Christmas Eve, hauled the drums to friend's house party for some holiday noisemaking. Folded both rear seat sections up against the front seats for max cargo room. Only took a small four-piece kit and accessories, but the Outlander GT could've hauled enough cylinders, hardware and purple spandex for a Metal Night at Gazzari's.
Only gripe: there's a depression in the load floor under the rear seats, so it's not entirely flat. There are also hooks, plastic tabs and anchor points throughout. Not a big deal if using hard shell cases, but potential for damage with soft bags. This was the beater drumkit, so I wasn't worried.
The GT's V6 was unphased by the additional weight. Have to say, the Outlander GT makes a strong case for ownership among aspiring Tommy Lees and lazy surfers. For the record, the Outlander GT's cargo volume is 72.6 cu ft; the Cherokee, 69 cubic feet.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor