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Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester

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  • Juice boxes?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Two of them taped together. :D

    Cups actually fit, it's just a bizarre layout. A simple insert/liner would work wonders.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    Didn't get my Blizzard until Saturday. For a change of pace I opted for the Ooey Gooey Caramel Brownie Blizzard, which is apparently the Blizzard of the Month. The calories promptly decided to hide at my waistline, where there are *cough* plenty of other calories to stand behind.

    I finally crossed 3K miles yesterday. The Outlander's quite nice for highway cruising. All too easy to go way too fast if traffic allows. MPG is inching up slowly as it gets fully broken in. We should also be getting off winter blend gas, although I'm not sure exactly when that happens.

    We grilled out in front of my in-laws' place. I backed in the Outlander & used it for tailgating. Ran satellite radio for about an hour & a half before I decided to start the engine & prevent battery run-down. Afterwards, my father-in-law asked me if I wanted to start the car so it wouldn't run down; the engine is quiet at idle.

    We picked up some box furniture before heading home. One of those LCD TV stands with a post in the back for mounting the TV. It laid perfectly flat with the second row 60% seat folded . Not something I'd have wanted to do in, say, an Equinox which lacks the flat cargo area. I'd have been worried about stress on the glass shelves and/or bowing the wood pieces. Anyway, even with that in there & the other seat not folded, there was room for our suitcase & other stuff without having to stack anything or compromise visibility.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    MD started using winter blend gas all year. E10 I think? Not 100% sure. But it is the same stuff year-round.

    There's less energy content so mileage inevitably drops.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Forester's cargo area may not be level, but it is flat and could easily fit a box like that:

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    It angles towards the back a bit, but there is no seam and it is flat.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    I doubt either of our vehicles would have a problem. The box was 53" long, BTW, so it would be hard pressed to fit in most vehicles without gaining 2rd row seat space for cargo. Certainly exceedingly few trunks would hold it, and with 3 glass shelves I wouldn't want to cant it upwards & have it resting part-way on the trunk edge. Would it survive? Probably. But there's no reason to take a chance.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Let me take a peek...I have that C&D issue handy.

    The shortest in their plywood length measure is the Honda CR-V, at just 54". So that's not a very big box, yet the Honda can barely fit it. And that's at the floor, not up high.

    I doubt the CR-V could get the hatch closed if that was a tall box.

    All the others are 60" plus so they would have room to spare. The Forester is actually the longest of those 8, with a full 70" of length.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    Probably 9 or 10" tall so yeah, it would be a hard box to fit in the CR-V. Maybe on it's side diagonally across the cargo bay would work. But then it'd be awkward to place other cargo. Of course, the box was also 85 pounds and the CR-V's roof racks say 75# limit so on the roof would also be out.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You'd probably have to fold the bigger portion of the 60/40 rear seat, too.
  • A good friend, and long time Forester owner happened to be by the house the other day. We decided to visit the local brewery/restaurant, and carpool in our Outlander. Our friend was eager to experience our new vehicle. Out of habit, I tend to offer guests the passenger seat, since our previous cars could be a bit cozy out back, but our Forester friend particularly wanted to try the rear seats. On a sidenote, our buddy is about 6 foot 2, and weighs some 300 lbs.

    Without solicitation, there were excited proclamations about seat space and comfort, quiet and refined ride and attractive looks inside and out. Our friend was so moved that after 3 generations of Foresters, he might convert!

    I should say, out of an obligation for full disclosure that said friend is currently driving the 2006 model, but he has extensive experience driving Foresters, often driving some 30,000 miles per year. He has also spent some saddle time in the newest iteration, whilst having his 2006 repaired.

    Nothing conclusive, just somewhat illuminating to hear what those on the other side of the tracks have to say about the lowly Outlander. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The 2009 was upsized significantly. I think the back seat gained something like 4 inches of leg room.

    It's night and day in terms of space. I've owned old and new Foresters.

    At 6'2" I'm surprised he didn't find head room tight in your back seat. Do you have the moonroof?
  • We do indeed have a moonroof, and yet our good friend (who has short legs) didn't loose his head in the experience!
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    edited April 2010
    Over the weekend I had 6 in the Outlander. Besides myself, my sister rode shotgun. Her daughter/my niece was in the 2nd row with her 4 year old in a booster seat. My son-in-law was in the 3rd row with their 1 year old in a car seat. The son-in-law is maybe 5'11" and 200+ pounds yet said he was fine sitting back there. Of course, this was for a somewhat brief 12 miles each way trip.

    We were going to put the booster & the car seat in the 3rd row but the 1 year old refused to go quietly unless one of her parents was next to her.

    Due to a family health emergency I drove something over 700 miles between Thursday & last night. Predominantly highway though there was some city driving & crawling through construction zones. Best MPG: 24.1; worst over this trip: 22.1. The highway driving was usually between 75 & 85 MPH and included one burst to 97 (before my wife caught on..). Very nice, stable ride at higher speeds and the engine always seems willing to go faster.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Dude, you need a minivan. ;)
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    :sick:

    Nah, the few times I've used the 3rd row are isolated instances. This past weekend we could have taken two cars instead but the family hadn't seen the Outlander yet and the trip wasn't that long.

    I'm finding that the 3rd row can be handy for these short trips with lots of people, but I could still easily live without. Included in an option package I like having it but I'm doubtful I'd have specified it as a separate option.

    BTW I know minivans and vans in general are superior people-haulers. But 99+% of the time it's just me or my wife & I so even then the 2nd row isn't necessary.
  • Dude, you need a Miata. :shades:
  • Here's what I don't understand. I keep hearing the Forester is bigger than the Outlander, but the Forester is 3" less in overall length, and the engine is flat and long, which means the engine bay has got to be longer than the Outlander. So how do you get a vehicle with greater interior volume? I submit that this simply cannot be true. The laws of physics refute this claim! :P
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    My Welsh ancestry eliminates convertibles from consideration. I do not tan; I burn. :cry:
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,248
    Juice can step in here but without looking anything up I'd guess the Subie is taller and, interior-wise, wider. Wider can be achieved via widening the vehicle as a whole or by making the sides thinner. Taller also means taller interior, not necessarily taller vehicle. There are many components to place under a vehicle and different layouts will lead to different heights.

    For instance, some manufacturers have moved the battery to the rear of the vehicle (under/around the trunk) from the engine bay. It adds flexibility for engine mounting, probably leads to less battery overheating (better air cooling and no engine heat to worry about), and may allow for a smaller/shorter front end. Of course, the eventual battery replacement will be harder but that's the owner's problem, not the manufacturer's.
  • In older Subie models, I do remember scary-thin doors. And I absolutely didn't like the frameless windows. I think Sube has corrected these issues as of late. Although, maybe the claimed-chronic rattling might be due to funky body contortions to gain space.

    A neighbor asked for help to swap batteries in his Saturn. The battery was held down by three bolts, all in knuckle-wrapping positions, all in metric. I can actually understand metric, but most other bolts in the very same car were NOT metric! And there was simply no excuse for the poor positioning of the clamp bolts.

    I quickly went to look at our Outlander battery placement and bolts. Great position, with easy access bolts. Crisis averted!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,604
    edited April 2010
    Need a Miata, need a minivan. Y'all are cracking me up this morning. :shades:

    You could do like we did - got a van and threw one seat away, and now have a 5 seater with a big empty. We rarely use the 2nd row either, but it sure is a handy rig for toting stuff around.

    I do need a Miata.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited April 2010
    These are about the same size. We've wrestled with many of the measurements and each has its own advantages, depending on how and what you measure.

    Next time you go to an auto show try to catch a glimpse of a Subaru cut-away or chassis. The whole drivertrain sits below the top of the tires.

    Edit: found a Forester cutaway pic. The engine sits extremely low, just in front of the front axle, rather than on top of it like most engines. This allows a low hood, a low cowl, and good forward visibility. It also doesn't interfere much with the cabin:

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    Check out the engine block - all that weight sits ultra-low, helping keep the center of gravity nice and low.

    In Motor Trend this is why the Forester ran the quickest Figure 8 despite having the most ground clearance, a bit of a paradox.

    The Forester's roof rails are also aluminum. Less weight up high.

    Mitsu uses an aluminum roof on the GT for the same reason - to help lower the CoG.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I absolutely didn't like the frameless windows

    Yep, all gone. They helped keep pillars thin (for visibility) and reduce weight but people complained about wind noise, so window frames across the board now.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My Miata has a whopping 5 cubic feet of storage. At least it's the same top up or down.

    The van has up to 149 cubes! I think I could park the Miata inside.

    Even with 5 seats in place, I have 95 cubic feet. Acres and acres for people and cargo.

    Overkill at times but I can lay a 4'x8' sheet of plywood flat, inside, and close the hatch. Width to spare, too.

    So the Miata is tiny and the van is huge.

    Forester is a nice "medium" size that hits the sweet spot. Fun to drive, easy to park.
  • Low CoG is almost as exciting as the panoramic sunroof. Although I understand that said roof does not tilt. That's a show-stopper! :lemon:
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,604
    If she didn't live 2,000 miles away, I think my sister would swap my Outback for her Forester.

    I sold my tablesaw the other day, so I think my plywood toting days are over. Something like the Outlander or Forester would be plenty big enough now I think. Or maybe I could get into ultralight backpacking and just get the Miata. Probably would have to walk 10 miles just to get the trailhead though.

    Peugeot announced good sales results this week. I bet plenty of execs at Mitsu wish a closer tie-up had worked out.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    For me it's fully closed or wide open. If you open the entire moonroof and the windows it very, very nearly feels like a convertible. :shades:

    Bring sunscreen.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Put a Mitsubishi logo on this. Could be the next Galant, or make it more upscale and bring back the Diamante nameplate:

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    It looks sweet plus they could easily fit a Mitsu "face" on it.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,604
    edited April 2010
    The site you linked to doesn't allow hotlinking Juice. All the rest of us see is a stop sign unless we copy/paste the URL. :sick:

    Of course, I want this one.

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