2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test - Cargo Space

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Do The Bikes Fit?

June 20, 2011

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Yeah, that's right folks: Plural. After all, it doesn't take a genius to realize that one bike should fit pretty easily into the Outlander GT's plentiful cargo area.

But what about two bikes? And would I still be able to conform to my desire of never lowering a seat post or removing a rear wheel? And would the bikes be able to stand up, or would I have to stack them?

So when The Wife hit me up (side the head) yesterday to take her mountain biking, I was happy to comply.

At first I was a little thrown off by the Outlander's second row of seats, which, when folded, stick up way above the load floor. But after unlocking them into their full-forward position I realized I could squeeze the rear wheel of each bike just to the outside of each respective seat. And a couple bungee cords later, hooked to clips on the Outlander's side walls to keep the bikes from moving (a real hook system would be better), we were loaded and ready to go.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: 10 Things I Like

June 06, 2011


Our long term Outlander GT has grown on me quite a bit. I'm usually not into SUV's, but this has enough of the Evo blood mixed in to make it pretty enjoyable to me. Much like Donna's blog about our TSX wagon, here are the top 10 things I like about our Outlander:

1. Paddle shifters!!!!

2. It's got sauce

3. Truck-like tailgate

4. Blue Tooth streaming audio

5. Sporty suspension and taut ride

6. Seat heaters (yes, truly like Donna)

7. Flip up rear seats for a flat cargo area

8. Keyless ignition

9. Simple to use dial controlled HVAC system

10. Touch screen Nav

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Answers to Questions

May 31, 2011


I'm in the process squeezing my four-bedroom house into a new two-bedroom place. Not easy, I tell you, and the whole deal doesn't allow for much fun on the weekends until the total transfer is complete.

Since both the minivans were already spoken for over the three-day holiday weekend, the biggest ride I could score was our Mitsubishi Outlander GT.

I'll spare you the pics of my trips to the The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, and multiple Target runs for storage bins, double hanging closet rods, and shelving units, and instead answer a few of the reader questions from Friday's post:

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Three-Day Weekend

May 27, 2011


We're nearing the one-year mark with our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. As is typical after spending so much time with a long-term test car, we're running out of new things to tell you about.

I'll be driving the Mitsu over the three-day Memorial weekend. If you still have questions, I'll try to find the answers.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,162 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Just A Country Boy

May 26, 2011


I recently got a dog and he's pretty cool. But I noticed that he was really hesitant to jump into the back seat. Then when he tried, it just seemed awkward. Awkward to the point I'd have to help himin. Very un-dog like.

When I drove the Outlander this past weekend, I opened the hatch, dropped the tailgate and immediately my dog flew into the cargo area like Superman. I then realized that he has been used to jumping into the back of a truck (he literally grew up on a farm), not a back seat of a sedan. I never really thought of our Outlander as truck-like until then.

Scott Jacobs, Sr Mgr, Photography

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Smuggling Baby Chicks

May 13, 2011

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[Revised: Sorry, the entry was originally mistitled -- This is the Outlander GT, not the Sport.]

On the way to school this morning, my 7-year old daughter said, "Daddy, why does it sound like there are baby chicks in the car? They're saying 'chirp-chirp...'"

I told her that was a very good question, but only after returning did I bust out the camera and find them.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Real Utes Have Tailgates

May 13, 2011


Every real sport-utility should have a tailgate. Otherwise all you have is a crossover, a shopping basket with really big wheels, and probably about as much fun to drive.

It’s all a matter of footwear, really.

If you’ve got a four-wheel-drive sport-ute, chances are you’re headed for some place where the traction is a lot different than the big parking lot in front of the Meijer’s. It might be that dirt, mud, sand or snow will be involved. And in the same way that your four-wheel-drive sport-ute has all-terrain tires to minimize the slipping and sliding when the traction is bad, so too you’ll be changing your own footwear. You know, aqua socks, bicycle shoes, hiking boots, motocross boots, running shoes or ski boots.

And basically it’s a better deal to sit on a tailgate and change gear than squat on the doorsill. It’s pretty much as simple as that.

There are plenty of other reasons to have a tailgate, of course, and they involve things like loading up the cargo area or having a semi-level workspace to re-jet your dirt bike’s carburetor when you’re on a fire road in the middle of the big trees near Twain Harte (which I’ve done). But I think it mostly comes down to footwear.

The Mitsubishi Outlander GT has a kind of clever, half-height tailgate, so you don't even notice it's there until you deploy it all the way. Maybe this tailgate is just a kind of evolutionary leftover that reminds you where sport-utilities came from, but it tells me that the Outlander GT aspires to be more than just a snappy shopping cart.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 16,802 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Mammoth or Bust

March 25, 2011

Mitsu Outlander GT ski.jpg Well, looks like it's my turn to head to Mammoth Mountain this weekend for a little skiing. So me and my much, much, much better half will take off tonight and head up the 395 after the crappy SoCal traffic dies down a bit.

What's cool, though, is that it's looking like we'll be able to give our long-term Mitsubishi Outlander GT's Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system a good test, as Mammoth's website says they have allegedly been dumped with "4-7 feet of snow" since Tuesday, with "multiple feet" more expected through this Sunday.

I say "allegedly" because the weather forecast both for the town of Mammoth Lakes and for Mammoth Mountain itself is predicting snow totals in terms of inches, not feet. Couldn't imagine that Mammoth's website would stretch the truth on snow accumulations...nah.

Regardless, here's hoping for some major fun in the snow; both on the slopes and during the drive in the Outlander GT.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 14,777 miles.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Road Trip Impressions

March 14, 2011

So how did our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT do on the road trip to Mammoth this weekend? Not too shabby. Here are some quick impressions:

- Air-conditioner still blows. The cabin gets stuffy pretty quickly with four mouth-breathers, plus it's been warm lately in SoCal. In any case, the A/C never seemed to get cool enough. We found instant relief from cracking open the windows.

- Yay for the USB port and powerpoint so two iPhone-equipped passengers could charge their smartphones while playing Scrabble and watching NetFlix during the trip. Only weird issue is that sometimes it would just show on my iPhone that it was plugged in but not charging. And then a little bit later it would charge. Not sure what that's about.

- With four passengers, their luggage, groceries and two snowboards, packing the cargo area took some creativity. But it all fit! Although we did end up having to sit with some of our gear. Of course this wouldn't be as much of an issue if we had a roof rack.

- Fuel economy for the trip: average was 21.8 mpg, 25.3 best mpg (last and biggest fillup), 18.9 worse (first fillup). Three fillups, 35.4 gallons of regular.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 13,512 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: How Many Passengers for Road Trip?

March 09, 2011


In getting ready for this weekend trip to Mammoth I had to confirm who our second-row passengers in our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander were going to be. See, I made the mistake of inviting three of my friends to ride along with us (front passenger seat was already claimed). Forgot I had invited someone when we started planning the trip, and then invited these two peeps later. Anyhoo, the extra person was going to be SOL. SOL because our passengers don't have to pay for gas; all others in the other cars of our caravan do.

So for a second -- OK, 120 -- I considered squeezing all three people back there. I even asked editor John DiPietro who wrote a post about the backseat whether he thought three people might be able to fit. There is a seatbelt for the middle spot, after all. "Only if they're all really thin," he replied. And it would be mean to squeeze all three back there for a 5 1/2-hour road trip. As for the little-used third row, forget it. "Only if they're kids, and small ones," said another editor.

In any case, we need that cargo area for all our snow gear, luggage and groceries. I would have tried securing the Traverse, which has a more usable third row, instead but we don't have chains for it. So, rather than making the tough choice, I wimped out and had my two friends fight over the backseat. The last one standing after the knife fight got the seat.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Swallowed a 6-ft. Ladder

January 03, 2011


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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: The Rising Light

December 30, 2010

MOGT headlights_01.jpg Mitsubishi prepared for the Outlander GT's eventual owners to be hauling kayaks, people, bikes, perhaps a trophy elk or two. To compensate for rear-loading, Mitsu gave the GT adjustable leveling headlights, five different angles selectable from a thumbwheel switch left of the steering wheel.

Top photo shows the factory-recommended "0" setting, its highest aim.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Boards & Buckets

December 28, 2010

MOGT_01.jpg 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.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Food Drive

December 16, 2010


Last weekend our Girl Scout troop participated in a local food drive to collect stock for the L.A. food bank. We were assigned a grocery store, stood outside for three hours, and asked people going in to shop to please consider donating a canned good or two on their way out.

Some shoppers blew us off, but most responded with a generosity I haven't seen in years. As Emma proudly shows in her best Vanna White pose, the Mitsubishi Outlander was packed full with boxes and bags.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Using the Tailgate

November 16, 2010

Video demonstration (only 22 seconds):

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Best Part Is the Cargo Area

November 15, 2010


Our Outlander can seat seven passengers, although no one really wants to sit on the bunny-eared flimsy third row seats. So you might as well just fold them down. With the third row flat you get more than 36 cubic feet of space.

But the best part of the cargo area in our Outlander is the flip-down tailgate.

With it up, it's like the trunk of a car, a really big trunk. With it down, it's party time. Just kidding. But it is useful for loading heavy and awkward objects. And it can support up to 440 pounds.

With the second and third row folded, you get close to 73 cubic feet of cargo space.

Pretty nifty.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Dawn Patrol

October 29, 2010


Why must manufacturers insist on key-less entry and ignition? Don't get me wrong I like convenience as much as the next person, but isn't a remote with a key good enough? The reason this bugs me so much is an integrated key/remote isn't waterproof. Not a big deal most of the time, but a pain when you're going surfing.

I tried to out whit our Mitsubishi Outlander GT by removing the safety key and locking the fob in the car, but the Outlander is too smart for that. In fact no matter how hard I tried I could not lock the fob in the car, if you try the Outlander beeps at you and unlocks the doors...all of them. I know they shouldn't make keys specifically for the few of us who surf, but how about a key fob that is deactivated when the safety key is removed?

Seth Compton, Field Producer @ 6,946 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Spring-Loaded 2nd Row

October 12, 2010

Check out this neat-o spring-loaded action of our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander! I like how it just gets out of the way right quick. After this video, you can bet that I did this two more times. Heh, that was fun.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Not a Shopping Cart

September 22, 2010

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Maybe it's the whole crossover thing. When people say "crossover," they mean "carlike." And somehow, carlike has become synonymous with a vehicle that not only looks like a shopping cart but also has the soul of a shopping cart, too.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is not a shopping cart. We need to stop thinking of it as a shopping cart. It's never going to seem very friendly bouncing over the speed bumps at Target. And it's never going to have adults sitting in the third row unless it's one of those sad extended families headed off to Marie Callender's for a holiday dinner.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: 3rd Row Still Awful

September 17, 2010

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While Mr. Oldham detailed how rickety the Outlander's third-row seat is, I realize we've never shown the irritating process involved with raising or lowering this rather imperfect place to seat your children.

Actually, I should say we've never shown you with our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander. I did it way back in August 2007 with our original Outlander, so after confirming that the process hadn't in fact changed, here's a repeat for those who don't recall or haven't yet purchased the InsideLine Blog Videos Special Edition DVD featuring previously unbroadcast gems like "Magrath Actually Takes the Bus Rather than the Aura" and "Tell Me Why I'm Wrong That the Ferrari 308 Is Less Cool Than the Hyundai Azera."

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Cupholders!

September 15, 2010


Yes, your favorite topic, I'm sure. But really, I just had to give a shout-out to our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander for all the cupholders and storage space it offers the driver. Another reason I think this would be a great car to take on the road. There's a place for a small water bottle (definitely not the one pictured below), my iPhone, grande latte, sunglasses, etc. Everything at the ready.

But just don't mistake this circular depression forward of the gearshifter for a cupholder. You've been warned.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 4,795 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: The Small SUV Appeal

September 07, 2010


I suppose it's no surprise, but having a small crossover SUV around is very convenient for daily urban life. I used our Outlander for a variety of mundane tasks this weekend, including grocery shopping, hauling a bunch of plastic storage bins out of my garage over to a storage unit, and driving my wife and three-year-old daughter over to a friend's Labor Day barbeque party. Through it all, the Outlander worked out great thanks to its manageable size for parking, punchy audio system and sporty driving dynamics.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,389 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Two Glove Compartments. Cool.

August 24, 2010


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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Covers Go the Wrong Way

August 18, 2010

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Max cargo room, with the Gitmo-seat and second row down, on our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is 73 cubic feet. And with its dual-fold tailgate (awesome), loading this beast is a snap.

And "in a" I mean "causes a" because if you load anything that is too heavy to be carried or thrown to the front of the cargo hold, you've got to slide it over these two protective covers which immediately snag on whatever you're loading, and then snap apart. This is just one of a dozen reasons the third-row in this thing is more trouble than it's worth.

If it were my car, duct tape would keep these from flapping around whenever I need to load something.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Two-Piece Tailgate

August 17, 2010

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Our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT has a 2-piece tailgate. It's quite convenient as it lowers the liftover height to just over 24 inches.

The 2011 Kia Sportage we recently tested, however, has a one-piece tailgate that goes all the way down to the bumper. The Sportage's liftover height is 30 inches, but I would think that this one-piece design would provide better body structure than our Outlander.

However, the downside to the Sportage is that the hatch release is quite low, just above the license plate, and a bit awkward to get at if you're carrying stuff.

Which design do you prefer?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 3,400 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Birthday Beach Cruiser

August 06, 2010


My daughter turns 10-years-old next week, and her dad and I decided a double-digit birthday was worthy of a new beach cruiser.

After 30 minutes of debating 24- or 20-inch with the bike salesman, we brought home a new light blue 20-inch Electra complete with a removable bicycle basket.

Easily flipped the large side of the 60/40-split rear seat forward, and quickly loaded the bike in the Mitsubishi Outlander, no problem.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 2,640 miles

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