2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: iPod Integration Ain't the Best
February 15, 2011
On Saturday I ran some errands in the Outlander. Stopped by the Vitamin Shoppe, spent a fortune at Whole Foods, threw some mail at the Post Office. Had my trusty war horse of an iPod with me to provide the soundtrack to my expedition -- a little Arcade Fire, a shake of Kelis, a barrel of Arctic Monkeys.
Turns out that soundtrack took a heck of a long time to load every time I returned to the car.
Each time I got back from an errand and started up the Outlander, the system took at least a minute and a half to read my already connected iPod. It was like it had Alzheimer's and didn't remember that the two had already met. Not cool, especially from a vehicle that's marketed toward audiophiles.
And it's still taking about five minutes to read my iPod when I first connect, as I mentioned a while back. Aaargh. Not sure what that's about -- a commenter (thanks, ivanz) had suggested that maybe playlist overload is the culprit but I only have two short playlists on my iPod.
Overall, though, I like the sound system. Sounds great and simple to use. But it doesn't seem to play well with iPods, that's for sure.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor