MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT
POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 9:35am
This little truck is, believe it or not, the best selling vehicle in Mitsubishi's North American lineup.
Ok, to be fair, it's a pretty small lineup and fairly small sales volume, but that's a lot to carry on its shoulders.
But in my opinion, they're strong enough shoulders to handle the job, because I like this truck.
First off, I like the grill and I don't care what you say. The trapezoid shape, which originated with Audi and is used by new Ford cars, is cool. No really, it is. I know, there's an element of large mouth bass in the look, but for some reason, it works for me.
The truck itself is a bit smaller than the competition from Chevy, Ford, Honda, Toyota…name it. It's shorter, narrower and some might say, a bit more plainly appointed. The interior in our SE 2-wheel-drive model was rugged woven cloth that provides a perfect perch for playing in the dirt. if you order 2-wheel-drive though, it's just a glorified station wagon.
But it's an economical one with the little 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 143-horsepower and when mated to the continuously variable transmission, gtives you 25 miles per gallon in the city, 31 on the highway.
For a small truck, that's seriously good mileage. Acceleration though, can be measured with a sundial, with 0-60 taking 10 seconds. Compared to its hot Mitsubishi siblings like the Evo, it's the little brother who joined the chess club.
Our Outlander had the big, panoramic glass roof that you can't open, but is lit up at night with a row of small golden lights. Alright, it's a little like the opening night of "A Chorus Line", but thankfully, you can turn them off.
Loaded with the glass roof, Rockford Fosgate super, kidney-ruptering stereo, and navigation system, our little Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came to just over $26,000. It's a seriously nice little truck.