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So many better cars
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By K
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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Took my Outlander to several several shops to get multiple opinions after the transmission started slipping. The going consensus is that the type of transmission this car has, a CVT, isn't possible to just fix. I have been told that this year in particular was one of the first years that this type of transmission was built so it's very problematic and buggy. My car is at 116k miles. The manual says to change the transmission oil at 120k. Aside from this issue, before the problems started there were many things I wished I'd noticed. The back seat folds down strangely where the seats fold up rather than down. If you're a camper like me and appreciate having the option to sleep in your car, you won't be able to do that in this car. I'm 5'4 and had to curl up my pegs to fit. Also, this car doesn't do hills very well, you can hear it really working. And add using the air conditioning, it really slows down the car. The best thing about it is the sound system, roof rack and back up camera. I wouldn't recommend buying this car though. Regular shops don't appear to work on these much and dealerships aren't that common.


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Best family CUB
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Chris Leeson
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I've owned my 2012 Outlander since, well, 2012, and everyone in the family loves the car! It's super easy to drive, has highest safety ratings, comfortable to ride in, and has required absolutely no repairs.


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Nothing fancy, but a serious bang for your buck!
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By Mike M
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I have owned this vehicle for 4 years now, and have 88,000 TROUBLE FREE miles. Never a day in the shop (outside of regular service intervals, oil changes, etc). It is loud on the highway, the cabin is far from quiet. It now has an exhaust leak somewhere, making it a little louder. But the structural integrity is good. It steers well, not sloppy, and offers excellent visibility. The ability to switch between 2WD, intelligent AWD, or full time 4 wheel drive is very nice, and the transition between each is seamless (so far, I like this AWD even better than my old Subaru and Audi A4 Quattro). Yes, its underpowered and is not going to rocket you anywhere (0-60, quarter mile, etc). I used to get back and forth between Buffalo and Cleveland in the winter just fine (while others are careening off the road, I am going highway speeds with the Rockford Fosgate punched up high). The cabin is comfortable, the cargo space is very good, and the feature bundle is pretty fair. The windows are no longer aligned perfectly going up and down, but they work just fine. The technology is simple, not great, but all the comforts and conveniences you need. Its not a remarkable vehicle, its just a TREMENDOUS value - safe, reliable, roomy, great MPG, and low cost of ownership. Still no signs of rust!


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Pretty solid
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By ohiodoug
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV ES 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought this car at the very end of 2012 after my previous car was totaled and I had to make a decision pretty quick.
I really hadn't thought of a CUV, but this was advertised right at 19K as a leftover 2012.
I really liked to storage and room in the front and rear, and the ride seemed comfortable.
Overall a much better value than just a sedan for someone who needs to haul stuff from time to time. So far (19 months in) the reliability has been excellent.
No problems at all!
Fuel economy is about as advertised 23/28, with better city mileage than that under some circumstances.
However, if your highway speeds get up much above 70mph, the economy seems to drop off sharply.


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Great Value, Great Vehicle!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By qoheleth
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)


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I bought this Outlander SE AWD as a 2012 leftover.
The price was $21,300, a great price for a SUV with AWD, bluetooth, and lots of nice features.
Absolutely nothing has gone wrong or missed a beat in the first 15,000 miles.
It has been fun to drive, reliable and relatively economical.


Best Features

Fold-down rear tailgate, decent fuel economy (around 24 mpg in hilly country), very comfortable seats and driving position, excellent and sporty handling, great visibility and sharp looks. It drives like a much larger vehicle in its ride, but handles like a nimble car.


Worst Features

A little more horsepower would be nice, though not absolutely needed.


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