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Frank Assessment of Outlander LS
I just bought an outlander LS 2008 with V6. Here is my frank
assessment. I'm not defensive about buying or not buying
the car, I'm just telling it as it is, hopefully to help others.
Overall: A car manufacturer needs to split the cost
of producing the car into the mechanics (suspension,
engine, steering etc.) and interior. The outlander
expense is heavily weighted towards the former which suits
me perfectly, but may not suit others.
+ Wonderful V6 engine mated to excellent 6 speed
transmission. This was a huge incentive for me.
The range is 20-30 mpg at highway. If you baby it
you can get close to 30 but if you want to have fun
you get closer to 20.
+ Trip computer is very useful.
+ Excellent handling, a little body roll but not too much.
+ Reasonably quiet interior on highway. Not Lexus quiet but very good.
+ Lots of space in front row, back row and luggage space.
+ Good standard stereo system (haven't heard people say
+ Lots of compartments
+ Nice exterior styling
- Interior looks very cheap. The plastic panels on the
door trim remind me of the very first Japanese cars.
They appear to be a watery black.
I can't imagine a cheaper looking plastic.
- Seats aren't great, not sure they'll last 5 years.
- Fabric on seats won't wear well.
- Mitsubishi dealers are closing rapidly. You may have
a drive to get serviced.
- Plastic knobs for a/c look like they were bought from
the cheapest possible Chinese manufacter. The
cheapest Korean car has this quality of knob finish.
- Can't see stereo system display in daylight.
- CVT on ES model wasn't very nice to drive. Spend the
$2K extra and get the V6 with only a slight loss in fuel economy in the city. Hwy economy can actually be
better (depending on how you drive) since CVT mpg
range is 20-27 and V6 is 20-30.
Hope this helps.