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Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Subaru Forester



  • suvsearcher1suvsearcher1 Posts: 23
    edited March 2010
    I will still take the Santa Fe's 2 mpg savings in gas with a quieter smoother ride and way better interior rather than race to the next stop light in 7.1 seconds with the Outie. And for the AWD system in GT I heard similar claims about XLS too few years back in the same board. I have yet to read any professional review from any magazine that rates XLS AWD system better than Forrester.
    Infact I remember seeing a video comparison of XLS AWD and GT some time back on youtube and XLS system just sucked.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Read your review...

    FWIW the Forester has a sunglasses holder and hooks for grocery bags in the cargo area (plus roof rails), three items from your wish list.

    My 1998 Forester had TWO spots for sunglasses, so bring that back Subaru!
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 390
    edited March 2010
    "The chart's also missing the dual mufflers, 4-setting heated seats, not to mention important items like residuals and safety scores."

    OK I see Bele and Lokai are back at it again but something in that sentence I can't let go.Dual mufflers a benefit? We're not talking sports cars folks, it's CUVs!! And while I don't know for sure I'm guessing each muffler does not have a separate pipe running the length of the car, but is "Y'd off" somewhere along the line. 2 mufflers is twice the maintenance costs in the practical CUV world and some of these mufflers can be very expensive. The heated seats is one thing I think is not fluff, unlike something like chrome toothbrush holders ;)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It was chrome door handles, actually. ;)

    I like symmetry and the exhaust certainly makes it look better, if nothing else.

    Then there are little things that don't appear on spec sheets, like LED interior lighting that fades in and out slowly, sound that also fades in and out slowly when you hit mute, struts that lift the hood when you pop it open, and yellow lids on all the fluids under the hood to make routing fluid level checks a no-brainer.

    Lemme predict the response:

    1. Anything the Forester does better is not important or will not be acknowledged until proven in a court of law.

    2. Everything the Outlander does better is vital, even if that only applies to models that are beyond the prices/TCO of the Forester.

    It's so predictable.
  • Don't look now (especially since you can't get to them!), but Forester '10 consumer ratings are plummeting, verses Outlander '10 ratings. :surprise:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    edited March 2010
    Ballot stuffing?

    Edit: if those are important the Sante Fe gets a 9.2. Game over.

    Watch, the SF's ratings will drop significantly by tomorrow.

  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,232
    My wife's $14K Elantra has a holder for sunglasses. Really, it isn't a big thing, just a convenience item I'd rather they make room for. Where the holder would normally go is where the dual-mics are for the BT connectivity, a place that works quite well for calling. So were they to include a holder they'd have to move those around.

    I have places where glasses fit and won't get scratched - in the upper console compartment or in front of the gear shift - but would prefer a dedicated holder instead. For the moment I'm using one of those clips that goes on a visor.

    All of those are features I've never had before but recognize they have some utility and add some value to day to day usage. Like you said, it's the little things sometimes. They don't worsen my ownership experience by not being there, but they would add a little if they were.

    Thankfully, that sort of thing is the extent of my "problems" so far.

    BTW, after finishing the JDP survey I got a survey from AutoPacific who apparently does some of the data gathering for Intellichoice. So another 20 minutes to answer questions. At least JDP sends you a buck for doing the work. And I was honest. A few perfect scores, lots of "very goods" and a couple of slams (3rd row seat design). I strive for honesty in the hopes that it contributes to better products; I don't do the surveys to feel good about my purchases.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Definitely not a biggie, just one of those things that's nice to have.

    I'm sure both of these have subtle features that you may not even notice until you've owned them for a while.

    My fave: the cargo cover for the Forester fits under the floor, neatly tucked away. A golf umbrella fits there also.

    I also like my puddle lights. It's saved a dress shoe or two.

    Lots of stuff that won't appear on Edmunds spec sheet, basically.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,232
    I use my door handle as a mini storage bin; it has a bottom to it. It's perfect for holding my wallet when I'm hitting a drive through or ATM. Holds bills, change, receipts, etc. until I get a moment to put them away.

    The nav system only speaks directions through the speaker on the driver's door. If the stereo is on it quiets the other speakers some so the nav directions can be heard.

    The nav has 1-touch map scaling (dedicated hard button) and the maps are detailed enough to show the retention ponds around a lot of the local subdivisions.

    The rain-sensing wipers simply work. And you can adjust how aggressive they are; it's setting replacing the intermittent so the rotating knob that would normally set intermittent speed sets rain-sense aggressiveness. I now leave them on all the time.

    The outside rear-view mirrors are large. I really like that in this kind of vehicle since you don't always have good visibility. Blindspots are IMO greatly reduced.

    The fan on the automatic climate control doesn't blast you with cold air if the engine hasn't warmed up; just a gentle circulation. Once the first bar on the temp gauge lights up, the fan kicks in high gear to warm up the cabin.

    You can set up Euro-style 3 blink turn signals if you want. I would but my wife doesn't like it.

    On an average day I don't touch that many controls. Lights are automatic. Wipers are automatic. HVAC is automatic. You can fiddle if you want to but I'd rather spend my driving time enjoying the ride or cranking some tunes. Maybe even listen to a little Sirius channel 99 from time to time. :blush:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I didn't get Navi so I can't comment on Subaru's (you know my opinion about OEM Navi).

    Our automatic climate control does the same thing, i.e. smart fan speeds. Early version from Subaru we nicknamed HAL but they've improved greatly.

    Forester also has automatic headlights, indeed a cool feature. Even my old '98 had that.

    I think the funny thing is that you guys haven't even named the two most common complaints Forester owners list:

    * cup holders are square
    * passenger seat is low and not height adjustable
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    One holder for my street glasses, one for my sunglasses.

    Phone nav plays through my Bluetooth (well technically not a car feature, but I can take it with me in pedestrian mode)

    Never touch HVAC except to adjust temperature. Only comes on full blast after engine warms up. However, if you set it to manual warm air comes out before the end of the block.

    Lights are controlled by ignition.

    Gigantic moonroof is great...wish it read my mind so I didn't have to press the button.

    Windshield wiper heater element works wonders in winter.

    Heated seats in the winter are the best.

    If I really get bored I'll listen to one of the 1,000 channels I get on the internet radio on my phone.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's been taken care of.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper

    Can you also check in to the sudden flood of horrific reviews for the Forester? This is blatant ballot stuffing. They are way out of line with the prior 50 reviews.

    One guy scored it at 4.8. There's not a car on the market that is that bad.

    3/10 for interior design? Please. If you tossed a grenade in a Pinto it would score higher.

    Are these login accounts verified?

    Rattled, f650gs, and canuck have never once posted in the Forester threads. And those are the 3 lowest scores.

  • At the end of the day the Outlander is being badly outsold by almost all of its competitors. We can continue to brag about some of its trivial features like 12 cup holders and LED tail lights all day long but that still does not change the fact that people don't consider those features when buying a small SUV.
    If the mighty Outalnder is so good then its sale volume will reflect that and its been out there for 3-4 years now.
  • Mitsubishi owners are SPECIAL, and our membership is EXCLUSIVE! ;)
  • comem47comem47 Posts: 390
    Well at least around this area one reason for lower Outlander sales could be the lack of dealers. It's just not mainstream enough for many buyers.

    I got 2 local dealers, but each is about 15 miles away. VS say a Chevy dealer on every block. There is one of the highest volume Subie dealers in the country (#2) about 3 miles from my house (we got 3 in the area). Just maybe if the 2009 Forester existed in 2007 I might have thought longer, but needing the turbo 4 in order to tow 3500 lbs doesn't do it for me even in 2010. Honestly speaking, for me, if I was looking at lower power 4 bangers I'd probably look elsewhere. (I'm still not sold on CVT transmissions screaming away) I do however love the 6 in the Outie along with the warranty.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,232
    Good point on the dealer count. In 2008, Mitsu had 440 dealers according to NADA. Subaru had 600. 1235 for Toyota. Over 13000 for GM (all brands). 1030 for Honda. And 3787 for Ford/L/M. I didn't see data for 2009.

    Obviously volume is huge at Honda & Toyota dealerships; I think they skew the average.

    Even scaling Mitsu up to, say, Ford's dealer count wouldn't bring the sales volume up to parity, but then I'm going to guess that the more pervasive a brand is, the more sales traffic it will generate. IOW with 440 dealers Mitsu will average x cars a month per, but with 800 dealers they'd probably average x + y sales a month. With more raw sales there would be more brand recognition & perception, more advertising dollars to spread the word, and more R&D capital for vehicle development.

    I see a fair number of Mitsu's in my area, but my dealer is the largest in our region so there's obviously somewhat better market saturation around here. I saw a "Quartz Brown" '10 Outlander today. No roof rails & a black grill so I think it was a GT. No time to try & figure it out, though.
  • authurdentauthurdent Posts: 82
    edited March 2010
    Sort of glad that over the few months we've had the Outlander, I've only see 2 others on the road, and I actually know one of the owners. Exclusive club indeed!

    What drew me to Mitsubushi from the start was that there were so few on the road. Of course, they also make fabulous engines. Not exactly the best business model, but at least I can readily find my car in the parking lot.

    Originally I really wanted the GTS Sportback. Now that club is ultra exclusive, since I haven't seen ANY anywhere. But the visibility on that model seriously sucked. Too bad, since car was excellent for utility & gas, and quite a perky performer.

    Glad I didn't get the Forester. Decent looking, but that lack of seat adjustment would've pissed me off. I need a high perch!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'll give you credit, man, that was hilarious. :D

    We all need to have a sense of humor like that once in a while.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Outback can tow that and you can get a 3.6R for Outlander GT money.

    Subaru has got that covered, it's just with more than one model.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    What drew me to Mitsubushi from the start was that there were so few on the road

    The original Forester was like that. Everyone was buying the 120hp CR-V and wimpy 2.0l RAV4, and Subaru came out with a 2.5l 165hp model that didn't fit the mold at all. It just never sold well. Sales took off when they introduced the 2009 model, so America simply loves it.

    lack of seat adjustment

    That was passenger seat height only I was referring too. The driver's seat has tons of adjustment, in fact in the highest position it's too high for my liking. Plus it towers over the passenger seat.

    My wife likes that, I'm taller but if she's driving she can get up to my eye level.
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