2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Lookin' Good
November 03, 2010
This past weekend was the first time I've driven our Outlander. I've read a bunch of the previous posts to get a sense of what people thought of it.
I've got to say that I dig the Evo styled nose. It definitely makes this thing look a lot tougher than it's "cute-ute" competition. I think it's has great looks over all, in fact. But style is one thing, substance is another.
The Outlander has a fairly upright driving position and has a tall greenhouse. When driving the Outlander, I felt the design lent itself to great visibility. Mitsu's good design is helped by the fact I'm not tall and I like to drive a little more upright than most so those B pillars end up being farther behind me.
I have to agree with Erin that the transmission is in hunt mode when driving the grades. The constant wheezie seesawing between gears was too much for me. Luckily our Outlander has nice paddle shifters to help you out with Manual Mode.
Ok, so it's not so hot on the incline. But there is a solution if you're so inclined. What there isn't a solution for are the "snakes and mice." The hissing snake coming from the vents was annoying to both me and my passengers. It started with a loud metallic clunk from the engine bay, the snake hissing a raspy breath, then another clunk ended the hiss for another 15 seconds. The option I had was to turn the AC off. Thankfully LA was cool enough over the weekend that it wasn't such an issue to have air straight vented. If it was hot, you'd be screwed.
Look, I'm a photographer, not a mechanic. It seems to me that it's the AC compressor, which the dealer said is fine. Do you think my mechanical assessment is correct?
The "mice" in the third row got squashed. By that I mean I put a couple of heavy duty sand bags we use to hold light stands in place to try and prevent the squeaking. It helped, but didn't solve the problem. They still squeaked from time to time.
After all that, I've come away from the Outlander with mixed feelings. It looks great in my opinion, it's relatively lively and fun to drive, but the squeaks and AC issue really end my weekend experience on a sour note. Would you choose looks over substance?
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer