2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Saving Gas One Stop Sign at a Time
July 29, 2010
Our Mitsubishi Outlander has a pretty sophisticated V6. That MIVEC lettering means it has variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides of the equation. Good, but nothing too out of the ordinary these days.
It also has what Mitsubishi calls Idle Neutral Logic. When it senses that the car has come to a stop, the transmission automatically selects neutral to save gas. It's a step below actually turning the engine off like a Prius.
In day-to-day driving, I've never noticed the feature. That's probably a good thing as some drivers might get a bit unnerved with the idea of the transmission shifting around on its own. How much gas does it really save? Probably not much, but it's small steps like these that nearly every manufacturer is using these days to maximize mileage without the customer even knowing it.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 1,987 miles