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OUTLANDER IS ROOMY, ECONOMICAL AND FUEL EFFICIENT

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
We have driven several versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander with the somewhat OK 2.4-liter 4-cylinder power train under the hood. But recently we test drove the crossover utility vehicle with a 3.0-liter V-6 developing 224 horsepower @ 6250 rpm and 215 pounds-feet of torque @ 3750 rpm. Without a doubt, the GT trim of the Outlander is an enjoyable ride that responds with agility in most driving situations. Also unlike previous occasions, this one has a 6-speed auto gearbox instead of the noisy continuous variable transmission. Tow capacity is a worthy 3,500 pounds.
No doubt, the Outlander shows off an aggressive look with LED headlights and fog lamps surrounding a chrome grille and front bumper silver accents. The interior is spacious with passenger volume of 128.2 cubic feet and 63.3 cubic feet of space after the 60/40 second- and 50/50 third-row seats are folded. The larger 7.2-inch touch navigation and display audio interface is easy to operate. An Eco indicator on the instrument panel can be a convenient fuel saver. The black instrument panel with silver accents conveys elegance found in high-end vehicles. Several goodies are offered such as dual auto a/c, leather tilt/telescopic leather steering column and shifter, eight-way power driver and four-way manual front-passenger heated seats, power sun roof, driver information center, 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system with nine speakers, under floor cargo hold, and a rear seat armrest with two cup holders.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, active stability and traction control, hill start assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, anti-theft alarm, rear camera, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, lane change assist, front-pedestrian impact crumple zones, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
Unlike the 4-cylinder engine, this Outlander has plenty of power to ensure a quick and smooth ride with good handling/balance. Besides, there is also substantial cargo and passenger space, decent fuel mileage and an affordable price tag.

OUTLANDER
Tires: 225/55R18
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length: 184.8 inches
Weight: 3,626 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 15.8 gallons
City: 20 mpg
Highway: 27 mpg
Base price: $32,095
Web site: www.mitsubishicars.com

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