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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Outlander makes its interior cargo space expandable and accessible, with a clamshell lift gate and rear seats that flip forward and down with the lift of a lever.
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The rear seats spring forward and down at the lift of a lever. Two pull straps in each seat return the seats to an upright position.
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This Outlander has the dashboard in its standard configuration. With the optional navigation system, the car gets an LCD in place of the standard stereo interface.
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Extra space within the dashboard is made available for storage, with upper and lower compartments for the glove box, a center hatch, and a coin drawer to the left of the driver.
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The stereo is a Rockford/Fosgate 650-watt system with an in-dash CD changer and Sirius satellite radio. The changer can read MP3 CDs.
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A big 10-inch subwoofer is mounted in the cargo area. Eight other speakers line the cabin. The sound system is powerful, but not very refined.
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Buttons for Bluetooth cell phone integration sit below the left spoke on the steering wheel. Phone pairing and control is handled through a voice command system.
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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.
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The Outlander has sporty-looking speedometer and tachometer gauges. The center display includes an animated fuel gauge.
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A dial near the shifter lets the driver choose between four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive.
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The engine produces enough power to push this car forward quickly, yet gets reasonable mileage. It also puts out very low emissions.
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