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Photos: 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
The Outlander is a very practical and small SUV at a reasonable price. Better yet, it gets decent mileage and extremely low emissions. Mitsubishi offers all the cabin tech anyone could want.
CNET Reviews staff
Although not luxurious, the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander is quite comfortable and capable. It's a practical and fairly affordable choice for a variety of uses, including outdoor adventure and daily commutes.
In size, the Outlander is equivalent to the Saturn Vue Green Line, although Mitsubishi isn't offering a hybrid version yet. It's a relatively small sport utility vehicle with four doors and a stylish body that slightly echoes the Acura RDX.
Mitsubishi adds in other cues from its off-road rally and racing expertise, such as the Outlander's aluminum roof. While the roof was designed to lower the center of gravity and improve the car's agility, we still felt the car was too top-heavy for fast cornering, though it would probably outmaneuver the Saturn Vue.
The EPA rates the Outlander at 19mpg city and 26mpg on the highway. In our driving, we observed 23.7mpg during freeway and highway driving and a little more than 15mpg in heavy city traffic, averaging out to about 19mpg.
Buttons for cruise control and the stereo are mounted on the left and right spokes of the steering wheel. We particularly like the stereo controls, as they let you choose the audio source, set the volume, and change tracks.