September 16, 2010
I was a little surprised to find a factory strut tower bar under the hood of our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander. Not too long ago such stiffening measures were reserved for only the most serious performance cars. Now they're quite common, heck, even our Honda Crosstour has one.
Does it help? Sort of. The Outlander is pretty nimble for what is essentially a tall wagon. It feels light on its feet and changes direction like a sedan. The steering isn't direct enough for my tastes, but you can whip it around a freeway on ramp much quicker than the Crosstour. Not exactly an area of interest for most crossover shoppers, but think of it as a "fun to drive" factor and it becomes relevant for anybody.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 4,812 miles