2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test - Miscellaneous

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Long Term Road Test

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests (2)
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Outsold by Its Older Sibling

July 08, 2011

2011 Mitsu Endeavor.jpgThe 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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Big and Little Bros

June 16, 2011

outlanders 001.jpg

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.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: What You'd Pay Now

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Color Do-Over

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: All Things Considered...

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Great Counterprogramming

April 26, 2011

mitsubishi outlander profile.jpg
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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Cactus League

March 28, 2011

Diablo stadium.JPG

It’s like being in an ad for Kingsford charcoal. You’re 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. It’s like Buck O’Neil, 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.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Dwarfed in Mammoth

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?

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Any Changes for the New Year?

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: From Enemies to Allies

December 07, 2010

Mitsu Outlander GT at CNIC Coronado.jpg

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.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: 10,000 Mile(Stone)

December 06, 2010

Milestone Banner.jpgmitsu_odo_1600.jpg

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Embarrassing Overspray

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: How well do you know Donna?

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: En Francais

November 09, 2010

French Outlander.jpg

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!

See full article and comment.

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.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Prototype, SEMA-like

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

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: A Little Nip/Tuck

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.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Not Where You Would Expect To Find Chrome

October 08, 2010


Chrome side sills. They're a bit odd for a vehicle that's supposed to be rugged. I mean, what do you think is going to happen if something rubs up against those big strips of shininess?

Probably nothing good. Then again, the Outlander isn't really anything more than a tall wagon with part-time all-wheel drive. It's no more rugged than the Honda Crosstour and its faux rocker panels.

In that case, might as well dress up those sills with a little of the shiny stuff, not like they need to deflect rocks or anything. Thankfully, Mitsubishi chose to leave the wheels alone.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 5,867 miles

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Poor Man's X3

September 27, 2010

Mitsu Outlander GT STW.jpg

I'll admit it: I like SUVs, especially the small mid-size models. They're practical and space efficient, although most have poor dynamic performance.

One exception is the Benz GLK, which is decent. Another, that I'm particularly interested in driving is the 2011 BMW X3. It's the right size for me and I'm sure the performance will be good.

But what if you can't swing the new X3's $50K price tag?

May I suggest a vehicle identical to our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT?

It's got great handling, accurate steering with good on-center feel, and a well-programmed six speed auto transmission mated to a flexible 3.0 V6. And all this for $33K. Yeah, it could use more power, but in most situations it's fine.

To top it off, the Outlander GT is fitted with paddle shifters! How many SUVs have that?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 5,500 miles

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: The Miles Mount

September 20, 2010

Milestone Banner.jpg 5000-miles.jpg

On Saturday night I took my two little girls to the burnout contest at the Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California about 70 miles east of our house. Some might call this child abuse. I call it family fun. On the way home we all smelled like tire smoke and the our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT blew through the 5,000 miles mark.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: 9/11

September 14, 2010


Saturday was 9/11. On Sunday my family and I jumped into our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT and drove about 30 miles from our home to Pepperdine University on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. We wanted to see the flags.

There is one for each victim of the 9/11 attacks. Nearly 3,000. The flag memorial is the work of Pepperdine students, faculty, staff and volunteers. The tribute was originally conceived and led by the University's chapter of the College Republicans in 2008.

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Our Favorite Caption

August 20, 2010


Thanks to ergsum for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us take flight:

Ejection Seat? Check. Munitions? Check. Air Conditioning?... Air Conditioning?... (mcgs999)
Mitsubishi - To Obscurityyyyyy... and beyond! (robert4380)
Now that's a real off road vehicle (mnorm1)
Talk to me, Goose. (subytrojan)
Uninspired by jets. (eidolways)
We have command of air and sea, but not A/C! (ergsum)
Born from debts. (sideswiper)
We wish we could eject the third row seats! (ergsum)
No need to worry guys, its not a zero...or even an evo. (teampenske3)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

P.S. Check next week's caption contest. There may be a prize :)

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Steering Wheel is Crooked

August 20, 2010


This drives me crazy. We'll get it fixed when we take the Mitsu in for its first scheduled service.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: You Write the Caption

August 20, 2010

DSCN0121 Bravo.jpg

Senior Vehicle Evaluation Engineer Al Austria sent me this photo taken at CNIC (Commander Navy Installations Command) Naval Base Coronado.

Interestingly, the Mitsu PR materials say:

"The Outlander GT now wears a distinctive jet fighter front grille, which evokes the sporty history of Mitsubishi's family line-up."

What's your caption for this photo?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Not Quite a Billion LEDs

August 04, 2010

Mitsubishi Outlander Tailight LEDs.JPG

At first blush, there's what appears to be a billion LEDs in our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT's tailights. (There are actually 30 on each side.)

Hold up -- with the lights and the brakes on you can see that the inner LEDs are decoys, just dimples on the surface to carry the LED styling theme across the Outlander's backside.

Not-quite-a-billion LEDs in the tailights seems to be styling trend. Do you like?

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Gap-Toothed Smile

July 30, 2010


This is the only vehicle I can recall that would actually benefit from a front license plate.

The giant black grille looks unfinished to me. Like it's missing the final trim pieces.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 2,091 miles

See full article and comment.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Seismic Activity

July 01, 2010


I pulled our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT into the gas station the other day and saw a row of these guys behind me.

A Signal Hill aea petroleum company is using what they call "vibro-seis" trucks on the streets of Long Beach. The trucks transfer acoustic energy into the ground. Receivers located nearby record the acoustic reflections and generate 2D and 3D underground maps. These maps are then used to locate oil and earthquake fault lines.

I stood around for 5-10 minutes to observe. There isn't much noise. Instead, every minute there is a steady vibration, not unlike a mini-earthquake. What does this have to do with the Outlander? Not much. But it was pretty friggin cool.

See full article and comment.

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests