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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

(0 Stars)  By default, the king of Mitsubishi's hill

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Overview
The Outlander and the Outlander Sport may share platforms and names, but there's no mistaking the two when placed side by side. While the Outlander Sport is a smaller crossover designed to target young buyers, the Outlander is now a more mature, sophisticated, and family-friendly offering than ever before. Although this second-generation model dates back to 2006, a midcycle update lent the Outlander an aggressive, sporty exterior (blatantly inspired by the Lancer Evolution), along with some upgraded interior materials. A 2.4-liter I-4 powers both the base ES and midlevel SE trims--the latter is available in both front- and all-wheel-drive forms. Mated with a continuously variable transmission, the four-cylinder can deliver up to 28 mpg on the highway in front-wheel-drive form, but with nearly 3400 pounds of mass to move, acceleration predictably suffers. We'd recommend stepping up to the GT, which is the only Outlander that offers six-cylinder power. A 3.0-liter V-6 provides an adequate 230 hp and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, opting for all-wheel drive on a GT model ushers in Mitsubishi's S-AWC driveline. Also found in the Lancer Evolution, this system can vector torque between the rear wheels, improving both traction and cornering. Although competitors such as the Subaru Outback and the Hyundai Santa Fe offer a little more interior sophistication and a little less road noise, the Outlander--especially in GT form--delivers impressive handling, a comfortable ride, and room for up to seven.

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2012 Outlander ES Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.4L MIVEC in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 23 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 415 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
16.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 168 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 167 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

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'12 Mitsubishi ES SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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