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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.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Blue Wonder

June 30, 2011

mitsubishi_bluetooth.jpg Not too long ago, Managing Editor Donna DeRosa asked if CD players were becoming extinct like the 8-track. I was thinking about this as I drove our Outlander GT the other day.

I have been fairly smart phone centric in the last few years. I don't have a home phone, I haven't used my iPod in years and pretty much everything is backed up on my home network just in case my phone dies. Though I'm pretty reliant my phone as a multifunctional device, I never took the time to take advantage of the Outlander's Bluetooth streaming audio until recently. Now that my phone is paired with the car, I can't think of another way I'd rather listen to music. Other than the radio that is.

I feel that the next car I have will need Bluetooth. Not only to be in compliance with the hands free phone law here in California, but as a way to play my music. How important is this feature to you? Is this something you'd want, or does it matter to you?

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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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 GT: Good Morning, Starshine

May 19, 2011


I'll let you in on a little secret. Only two people in my life know this so far. The reason I listen to the "On Broadway" satellite channel so often if that I'm collecting songs for a future cabaret act.

I'm not really all that knowledgeable about Broadway musicals, especially the modern ones. So whenever I hear something I like, I snap a picture with my phone's camera so that I can look it up later. Then I download it and search for lyrics and sheet music. Along with a friend of mine from my acting school days, I'm planning a musical act that will hopefully take place next year in New York City. One night only unless we get boffo reviews. Then who knows?

All of our fleet cars have different ways of displaying information about what song is playing. I like the Mitsubishi setup best. It provides the most information. Not just the song name but also the show, year of the show (so I know if it's the original or a revival), and the artist who is singing. This isn't necessary for every channel, of course, which is probably why most systems don't go this far. If you're listening to the Indie rock station, you really only need to know the band name and song title. Some systems don't even give you that much.

It mixes up the categories somewhat. "Artist" gives you the show title, "Composer" shows the singer, but you get the gist of it. It's more than any of our other cars offer. For research purposes, the Mitsubishi wins for me. It makes it very easy to find the song again later on iTunes or Sh-K-Boom or wherever.

For a full review of the Mitsubishi Outlander system, read Doug Newcomb's Audio Review.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
Gliddy gloop gloopy Nibby nobby nooby La la la lo lo

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: What the What?

April 13, 2011

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If you thought calling a toll-free customer-service number and being forced to listen to a list of options was frustrating, follow the jump to listen to our Mitsubishi Outlander GT make things more difficult than they need to be when pairing a Bluetooth device...

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Barometer at 30 inHg

April 09, 2011


Apparently my house is at 350 ft. above sea level. This is either cool or the most useless feature I've ever seen in a car ever. I mean, does a car really need an altimeter and a barometer?

What do you think?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 15,884 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Dirt Roading

April 04, 2011


Had the opportunity to drive the Outlander on a dirt road with some genuine obstacles (for a car) this weekend. Following are a few notes.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: It's Not an Apple Fan

March 14, 2011

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Apparently our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT doesn't like Apple products, or at least not my 3GS iPhone.

I tried pairing it several times and both the phone and the lady in the audio system told me, "Pairing Unsuccessful." My iPhone could "see" the Outlander on the Bluetooth pairing list, so it wasn't a detection problem.

Software issue? Hardware issue? Vaporware issue?

I don't know, but yet another reminder that this technology still isn't fully sorted.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Thanks, But I Don't Bump

February 24, 2011


I love loud. However, 710 watts might, just might, be a little more loud that I like. This thing, thanks to the 10 inch sub in the trunk, blurs the mirrors and rattles the doors without turning the volume up anywhere near its maximum. It's so loud I have to set the level of bass near zero, and dial almost all the punch out of the sub in order to hear my music clearly. I can't imagine how disorienting this system is when you max it out.

I suppose with over 18% of Mitsubishi's buyers being between the ages of 18-34, stuffing a powerful sound system in your cars might serve to move a few more units, but with the average age of Mitsubishi buyer hovering around 47 years old, I shudder to think what someone that age might be bumping.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 12,450 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: iPod Integration Ain't the Best

February 15, 2011

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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.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: I Want INT

January 12, 2011


LOL. WTF. BBQ. Any of those would do just fine in describing what the Outlander GT's windshield wipers do when you drop them down a notch into AUTO mode. AUTO, however, would not be one of them. At first, they appear to be speed sensitive, or even rain sensitive, but those theories get tossed the second the wipers go momentarily insane while you're stopped at a traffic light and it's barely raining.

On my list, windshield wipers are one step above headlights as something that if you don't know when to use them, like when it's raining or when it gets dark, you need to sell your car and take the bus. But if they work, fine. At least they work. Imagine if your automatic headlights turned themselves on an off randomly during the night, occasionally fluttering their high beams - that's what the GT's wipers are like in this AUTO mode.

What was wrong with INT? It doesn't even have to be adjustable, just as long as the wipers work consistently and don't distract me. For the rest of the time in the GT, I alternated between LOW and HIGH, just like I have for the past 20 years of driving, and I did just fine.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 11,823 miles

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2010 Mitsu Outlander: Alternative 'See You' Messages

January 05, 2011


Upon reading Scott's post about the Outlander's questionable "see you" message, I was inspired. What if the Outlander changed its goodbye message depending on its mood, geographical location or your driving ability?

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: See You. Really?

January 04, 2011


Turn off its engine and our long-term 2010 Mitusubishi Outlander GT gives you this odd generically personal send off. See you. Really?

Why would somebody at a car company think this is a good idea?

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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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: Right Away, Sir!

December 24, 2010

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An emphatic reminder from our MOGT that it's overdue for service. For what exactly, I don't know. We just had it in at 9,900 miles for oil/filter and tire rotation and we're only at 11,113 now. The urgency of its message, however, is kinda charming. Or annoying. Combined with its colloquial farewell and other idiosyncratic features, the Outlander GT is actually a cool, funky car with a distinct character.

This is the first chance I've had to spend any time with it, and I concede I thought it would sorta suck. But from its raspy V6 to its wide-mouth dual glovebox, the Outlander makes me regret my rush to judgment.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Slow Reader?

November 22, 2010

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Five and a half minutes. That's how long it takes the Outlander to "read" the contents of my iPod and begin playing. Granted, I have a fair amount of music files on the old 'Pod, and I imagine that doesn't exactly facilitate swiftness in this kind of situation. Still, I don't recall other cars in our fleet taking quite this long to shake hands with my device and let the music play.

How long does your car take to "read" your iPod?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: 4 Banks of Sat Radio

November 17, 2010

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One of the many surprisingly good features of our long-term 2010 Mitsu Outlander GT is that it has 4 banks of satellite radio presets. At 6 presets each, that's 24 stations, more than enough for just me. And perhaps adequate for a family of drivers. Most cars just have 2 banks of presets. Is that enough for most people?

The rest of the Outlander's radio controls are also easy to use, unlike some of our other long-term cars. Audi's MMI radio control in our A4 is particularly...bad.

I written before that I love sat radio and prefer it to iPod because the selection is greater and there's an element of surprise. I love pleasant surprises. But I'm still not sure I would pay for sat radio, even with its low monthly subscription fee.

How about you? Have you dropped in-car sat radio for the MP3 player?

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 8,880 miles

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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: Get Behind the Virtual Wheel

October 28, 2010

If our very thorough and informative blog posts on our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT aren't doing it for you and you would just like to get behind the wheel already, you can still sign up to test-drive the 2011 Outlander Sport (a smaller vehicle than our Outlander GT) online as we mentioned in the news. Sign up on the Mitsubishi site and "drive" the new Outlander from your computer on November 1 through the 10th. How cool is that? You get "almost total control."

Hmm, how awesome would it be if one day in the future we could do this with our long-term fleet?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Dynamic Route Guidance

October 27, 2010


Last night I had the unenviable task of driving in near standstill (2 mph) rush-hour traffic to get from Santa Monica to Placentia (40-plus miles one way). Since I'm not all that familiar with what lurks behind the Orange Curtain, I was thankful I had the help of our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander's navigation to lead the way.

Little did I know how great a help it would end up being.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: UltraSonic Alarm

October 13, 2010

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See those things up in the overhead console area? At first I thought they were Bluetooth/Navi mikes. But there are three of them, and one is forward facing. Huh. Perhaps they're cameras that allow you to Skype with the vehicle preceding you.

I broke out the book for some RTFM and found nothing. So I rang up the Mitsu guy who told me they're actually mikes for the Ultra-Sonic Premium Security Alarm System with motion sensor. He said the system, which can detect interior noises even from movement, is so sensitive his dog used to set it off all the time.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Paddle Shifters Prevent Traffic

October 11, 2010

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So, yes, our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander isn't "quick to shift," as Managing Editor Donna pointed out. But I do LOVE its paddle shifters. And, sure, I basically love all paddle shifters (our Insight had them, too). But after having had to drive our Terrain in rush-hour traffic and deal with its shifter with its sad "L" as my only option to "D," I truly believe that if everyone had paddle shifters and/or knew how to drive stick, it would minimize traffic congestion.

Big ifs for sure but a girl can dream, can't she? Hear me out.

Since the Terrain doesn't have any engine braking at all, I found myself going back and forth from throttle to brake more than I cared to. Doing what I hate to do which is always tap my brakes. No one knows how to drive in LA -- accelerate, stop, accelerate, stop. Blah! And everyone always overreacts to brakelights. But with the Outlander's paddle shifters, it's smooth sailing. Just hang back behind the Braker McBrakerton in front of me and I hardly have to tap the brakes at all when I can shift back and forth from 1st to 2nd. The driver behind me doesn't have to freak out and so the chain reaction goes, thereby clearing up the congestion. Ta-da!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Control Freak

October 07, 2010

I finally had the opportunity to put some miles on our Outlander GT this week, and overall, I'm fairly pleased with it. One feature that I'm particularly happy with is the Bluetooth streaming audio. Here's why...

When I first started using streaming audio, I thought it was a clever feature that allowed me to keep my iPhone in my pocket. My big problem was that I couldn't search or skip through the iPhone's menus. I generally have my iPhone on shuffle and constantly skip through songs until I find one to match my current mood. Inevitably, it works out to about 1 song in 30. That's a problem if I have to use the iPhone for control, since I try to keep both hands and eyes on the task at hand (driving).

Imagine my joy, then, when I realized that our Outlander's streaming Bluetooth can also skip songs. Considering that for some reason the stereo wouldn't recognize my iPhone through the USB port, the skip function was icing on the cake.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Psychedelic Bluetooth

September 16, 2010

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If you phone a Bluetooth call on our long-term 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, you get this screen. Groovy, man.

But interestingly, you only get this psychedelic freak out if you were in Audio when you placed/received your call. If you were on the Navi screen, the Navi functions normally.

What -- you're not allowed to look at the radio presets while you drive or something?

I suppose if it were the opposite and the psychedelic screen happened as you were following Navi route guidance, you'd really be upset. Or perhaps you'd be in your Happy Place.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 4,810 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Audio Review

September 06, 2010


One of the sonic pleasures of our 2010 Outlander GT is that it comes standard with a 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with a honking 10-inch subwoofer in the rear cargo hold. (It's also available on the SE model with the optional $2,110 Sun & Sound package.)

Rockford Fosgate first earned its rep in aftermarket car audio circles among hardcore "sound-off" competitors, who used the company's Punch brand "cheater" amps to pound out a few more decibels. And it's one of a few car audio-only companies that crossed over to the OEM side to battle it out with mega consumer-electronics brands such as Sony, Pioneer, JBL and Infinity.

Judging from the packaging of the system in the Outlander GT, particularly that big ol' sub and the silver-highlighted tweeters in each corner of the front doors, Rockford Fosgate hasn't toned down its style and sass by going stock. And it also hasn't dialed back its reputation for in-your-face bass and sound.

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: I Can't See You

August 09, 2010

Time to update this screen design, Mitsubishi. There are plenty of better ways to do this.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: STOP THAT

July 28, 2010

Tell me what's wrong-- besides the shaking and reflection from the big plastic dash-- with this video of our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT?

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Bluetooth

July 19, 2010


Last night I called my dad using the Bluetooth connection in our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. "You sound like you're inside a bucket. Call me back later," he said. It was a short conversation.

Not all Bluetooth connections are created equal.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 1,373 miles

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT: You're So Casual

July 08, 2010


We've had three Mitsubishi Lancers in our fleet: a 2009 GTS, a 2009 Evolution GSR and a 2009 Evo MR. They all said, "Goodbye," when we turned off the engine.

As for our 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, it's all "See You." That got me thinking, I wonder what it says in different markets around the world. It is, for instance, sold in all the major European markets. Ciao. Tschuss. Na shledanou.

By the way, it's not visible in this shot, but Mitsubishi has really cleaned up the trip computer in the Outlander, replacing the slightly opressive, pixellated, orange-on-black-background display with a multi-color display. That said, I still found the speedometer difficult to read at a glance on the freeway last night.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 981 miles

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