July 08, 2011
The photo above is the Mitsubishi Endeavor, which deserves a special mention for turning the tables the Outlander for the month of June. In June 2010, the Endeavor sold only 114 units, while the Outlander sold 982. Since then, the Endeavor must've gone on a publicity campaign, because it outsold the Outlander 1,817 to 822. This is an increase of 1,494 percent over the previous year.
I'm not sure how this happened. One of our analysts theorizes that those could have been fleet sales. The Outlander is less expensive, better looking and was recently refreshed in 2010. Meanwhile the Endeavor has received mostly cosmetic updates, but is largely the same car that debuted in 2004.
That's not to say that the Endeavor is a bad car. In fact in 2003 it took first place in a midsize crossover SUV comparison test and has been one of our used car best bets for the past few years. But since then, the competition has caught up. In 2011, the Ford Explorer took its place as the midsize SUV used car best bet.
Why do you think the Endeavor has caught on? Which car would you buy? Outlander GT or Endeavor?
Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 20,475 miles
June 16, 2011
Sorry for the ill-lighted garage shot, but I couldn't let this photo op showing the two Outlanders parked nose-to-tail slip by. Looking at the two Mitsu crossover siblings, it's obvious the Sport (lil' bro) has a truncated cargo area and a clipped front end. If you're burning with curiosity over the differences in length, height, weight, cargo and rear passenger space, hit the jump.
June 13, 2011
Our Mitsubishi Outlander is leaving us this week, and now that we're close to knowing the final mileage of our test, we're able to calculate the TMV for our crossover.
Here's what a buyer should expect to pay for our 2010 Outlander GT with 19,000 miles on the odometer:
Private Party: $26,090
Detail Retail: $27,918
The as-tested MSRP was $33,015.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,767 miles
June 10, 2011
With our Mitsubishi Outlander finishing its long-term test, I was digging through the big file of photos used during the past year for the long-term blog.
I never really liked the white paint, and now seeing it staring back at me from a 100 or so pics all at once, I realize how much I would have preferred red, maybe blue?
What color do you like best?
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,469 miles
May 16, 2011
It's unfortunate we've found so many ways to criticize our Mitsubishi Outlander GT (like this, and this, and this, and this), because it really is a great-looking sport-utility vehicle. It's a little old-school, but the clean design doesn't try too hard to be something it is not. It looks like the designers knew when to say "when." Can you think of another (in its class) that's as handsome? Chevrolet Equinox, maybe? The Ford Edge? Attractive, but a little polarizing, no?
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 17,289 miles
April 26, 2011
If you're part of a segment known for being domesticated, the most interesting thing you can do is to roll out something that's a little wild. Relative to its rivals, the Outlander feels raw and wired on the road, like it's had a couple cups of caffeine. It's the leaner, meaner wildcat in a world of well-fed house cats and I appreciate the niche it's carved for itself each time I get behind the wheel.
It also doesn't hurt that the Mitsu is pretty easy on the eyes. White cars usually look as attractive as your laundry room's wheezing Kenmore dryer (hey, don't forget to clean the lint trap), but our Outlander actually manages to wear this color with its sex appeal intact.
Got any favorites in the midsize crossover segment?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor
March 28, 2011
Its like being in an ad for Kingsford charcoal. Youre trapped inside all winter and the vista through the living room window is bleak. Then spring comes, you stumble outside into the sunlight and somewhere you can hear someone say, Baseball.
Suddenly the world is filled with possibility, as if anything can happen. Its like Buck ONeil, the legendary player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs and the centerpiece of the famous 1994 Ken Burns documentary about baseball, is standing right next to you.
Baseball, he says.
We grabbed the keys to the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT and headed for the Cactus League.
March 16, 2011
It's funny how while driving our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT around SoCal, it blends in with the other similar-size crossovers/SUVs but while up in Mammoth, it looks tiny up against the trucks and full-size SUVs that seem to be de rigueur up there.
The above photo was the parking lot for DJ's Snowmobiling Adventures. Don't know if those other motorists were locals or tourists but apparently you need a big vehicle to get around in the snow. By the way, it wasn't just this lot, but in town, too. Any theories why people think large trucks/SUVs make better snow mobiles?
December 10, 2010
Photo by Kurt Niebuhr
2011 is just around the corner and Edmunds has come up with a list of updates the 2011 Mitsubishi models are facing. Even though the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander was the first major update of the model since its redesign three years ago and the chances of it receiving breaking technology are slim, I still wondered if 2010 model owners would suffer the same fate as that of the average Apple consumer (a better iPad with a camera is already coming out? Gah!).
Fortunately, turns out that the only real update is to the engine management system, which has led to improved EPA ratings. City, highway and combined all go up by 1 mpg to 19 city, 25 highway and 21 combined. Sweet! So a nice little incentive for potential buyers but not too much where current owners will feel cheated.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
December 07, 2010
This pic was taken on my vacation last summer and shows our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT at CNIC (Commander Navy Installations Command) Naval Base Coronado.
The bottom pic shows a Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero as used on the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941 -- today is the 69th anniversary of the start of World War II.
Mitsubishi has come a long way since then, and today makes great cars like our Outlander GT.
So too has Japan, who has gone from being of one of our worst enemies to one of our strongest allies.
December 06, 2010
Our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander hit the 10K mile-mark this weekend, and sadly, I was without my camera.
Please accept this 10,101-mile celebratory pic instead.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 10,197 miles
November 19, 2010
This is a pet peeve of mine: Driving along when the car in front of you decides to wash their windshield and their cleanser sprays onto your windshield. Ever since that irate motorist did that to me in the R8 I couldn't help but regard it as the equivalent of spitting. That's why I always make sure when I want to activate the windshield wipers I do it before I hit the road or at a complete stop...with no one behind me.
But last night when driving our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander, I accidentally activated the windshield wiper instead of the paddleshifter and consequently "spat" on the car behind me. It wouldn't have been too bad if the Mitsu didn't proceed to do it three times. I'm used to windshield wipers only spraying once per pull. But this one does it three times per pull. Ack!
I was too afraid to look at my rearview mirror to see if I annoyed the driver behind me. But if, on the off chance that he/she is reading this now, "SORRY!"
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
November 12, 2010
The other night when I climbed into the Mitsubishi Outlander for my long drive home, I knew without looking at the car sheet who had driven the Mitsu the night before. I didn't have to ask, just knew it was Managing Editor Donna DeRosa.
C'mon, loyal Donna readers. Tell me what three simple clues gave her away. They're all things she's mentioned in her blog posts.
First person to name all three gets a commemorative piece of the broken ruler Donna uses to beat our staffers when they blow a deadline.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor
November 09, 2010
Like the Mitsubishi Outlander, but lament that it's not more French? Yeah, so do I, keeps me up at nights. Thankfully, we're in luck!
See, Mitsubishi sells the Outlander to Citroen and Peugeot, et voila!
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.
November 01, 2010
Our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is quite sporty. But Mitsubishi may have had even more serious intentions when it developed this proto that looked like it came straight from SEMA.
I like it, even without SEMA's show models present.
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ ~7,000 miles
October 22, 2010
Walking around out long-term Outlander, I was struck by a few styling elements that I'd change. Nothing major, just a little work on the nose and chin. As it is, I think the front overhang is a bit too long. I would shorten it just a bit and give the grille a slight upward tilt. I did a quick Photochop this morning.
October 08, 2010