>> It's fair to say Mitsubishi kind of bounces around the fringe of the auto business. So, let's go for a ride in this, the Outlander XLS V-6 and find out what sets this company apart if anything.
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>> Now our little Outlander is kind of like a Thomas' English muffin, lots of milks and crannies. You, of course have a standard glovebox here. You've got this sort of peeky-boo, upper glovebox, then you've got this giant thing up on top of the dash and of course you've got a pinnacle here and you got one down here on the console. If you can't stash it in this car you have no right to be trying to con customers. Now, we have a upgraded, but not the big kahoona head unit in our Outlander. So, we are a little starved of tech, but the package we have brings us Rockford Fosgate audio, lane guidance technology and a sun roof, not really related, but it's a pretty well priced package, more on that later. Our Rockford Fosgate system has a six-disc in-dash changer, CD and mp3 discs. You obviously got satellite radio going on here, AM/FM, no HD radio, no iPod adapter, 650-watt backbone behind it, nine speakers including a very obvious 10-inch sub in the back with a punch level that really does what it says. The system can get real bass heavy or tubby depending how you like that kind of sound real quick. Kind of sparse though on the other sources, there's no USB drive, no iPod adapters as I have mentioned. We've got a 115-volt, in other words a standard wall outlet down here in the console, that's also a part of an upgraded package. Oddly enough when you upgrade you forego an aux jack, which the bass stereo, which has far less power in speakers does have. We've got our buttons over here for Bluetooth hands-free, that is standard on the Outlander in this trim level the XLS. If you do upgrade the Outlander you get a head unit that is rather interesting. Forty-gig hard drive base, nav and audio system with a seven-inch touch screen. Now, some of that hard drive space is reserved for you to use as a music server and the system will play DVDs on the front screen when parked. Powering an Outlander in XLS trim is a 3-liter V-6, 220 horse power and 204 foot-pounds of torque are on hand. Not the creamiest engine you've ever piloted, but not bad. The only transmission choice is a six-speed automatic sport-tronic, that means it has a shift gate on the stick and some rather fancy magnesium paddles that are blessedly mounted on the steering column where they belong, not on the wheel. Apparently Mitsubishi's rally heritage pays off here. In front wheel drive configuration an Outlander XLS delivers 1725 miles per gallon. Shave off 1 mpg from the highway number if you get all-wheel drive. Okay, let's price our XLS V-6. Our guy is a front-wheel drive, so about 26,000, little less with destination. Add 1400 for all-wheel drive. Now, to get the Rockford Fosgate system we have, which comes with the glass sun roof and the package that's about 16,000. To get the navigation package that includes rear view camera and lane guidance technology, a little under 2,000. Sirius can be had a la carte to 335. Also a la carte rear-seat entertainment for about 1750.
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