The new Outlander is a pretty impressive car, whether you are considering it from a tech perspective or just as everyday, practical transportation.
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The front design, with its dual honeycomb grilles, suggests more performance than the Outlander actually has, although the car does have decent acceleration.
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We were particularly impressed with the Outlander's 3-liter MIVEC V-6, which puts out 220 horsepower, gets around 21mpg, and has extremely low emissions, earning a SULEV II rating.
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The Outlander has a fairly sporty look, but it doesn't particularly distinguish itself from the pack of small SUVs available. But the large wheel wells suggest bigger wheels could be installed, increasing ground clearance.
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The Outlander gets one of the more interesting rear designs we've seen in a small SUV, with a nice expanse of rear window leading down to the tail lights.
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LED tail lights are a nice, high-tech touch.
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The third row seat folds neatly into the cargo area floor, but its padding is very thin, making it uncomfortable.
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The 10 inch subwoofer in the cargo area comes as part of the 650 watt Rockford Fosgate stereo upgrade.
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The dashboard materials and finish is what we would expect for a small SUV in this price range.
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A smart key is a nice addition to the Outlander's tech arsenal.
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The buttons on the steering wheel are nicely integrated into the spokes.
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One particularly nice feature is standard Bluetooth cell phone integration, although the system can't access your cell phone's phone book.
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The display between the speedo and tach can show a wide variety of information, including fuel economy and range.
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The Outlander uses a six speed automatic, which helps it get good mileage on the freeway. Paddle shifters let you control the manual gear selection mode.
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This dial lets you easily take the Outlander through its different drive modes.
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The CD player handles MP3 CDs as a standard feature. You can upgrade to a six CD changer that also handles MP3 CDs. If you get the navigation option, you can't have the CD changer.
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The Rockford Fosgate sound system includes four sound field settings for Normal, Stage, Live, and Hall.
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Sirius satellite radio comes with the upgraded stereo, plus you get a six month introductory subscription.
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The display cuts off ID3 tags after only a few characters, but with the navigation option the display would show more information.
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An auxiliary audio jack is present, but is placed at the back of the console, facing the rear seats.
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