Mitsubishi Outlander GT
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.
But is there enough here to wow the proletariat?
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.
Which is why of course, they are getting rid of it for 2014. So if you share my opinion, then get it now.
I don’t much care for the abrupt rear end. It looks like they ran out of ideas.
And I know it’s a selling point, and it helps resale, but for crying out loud, look at this silly excuse for a 3rd row seat. Literally, all it does is take up cargo space in the back.
Even giving the Munchkins a lift back to Oz, they’ll be in the back whining about it.
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 all-wheel-drive GT model was very attractive, very optional leather 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 3.0-liter V6 producing 230-horsepower and when mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission, gives you 19 miles per gallon in the city, 25 on the highway.
For a small truck, that's pretty good mileage. Acceleration though, can be measured with a sundial. 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 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-rupturing stereo, and navigation system, our little Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came to just over $33,000. It's a seriously nice little truck.