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Pros: Plenty of usable hp coupled to a great 6 speed sportronic trans
Cons: None, I like everything in this SUV
Advice: Buy a 4WD if it snows in your area. Get a car with all 3 factory options in, and bargain with the dealer for the priceI set my goals to wait before buying my very first car until the Outlander makes it in the market this November. Turns out the wait was very much worth it. It has the sportiest look in its class, compare that to the ugly CR-V and RAV-4, Santa Fe looks gay. For the price, You will get features that you would normally find in an SUV that costs 3 to 4K more, and even the more expensive competition does not have all it's features (like the paddle shifters). Do the math on these SUVs and it will become obvious that this SUV has the best value for money, the best warranty coverage. I finally bought mine 3 days ago, and I couldn't be happier. Handling was superb. The tech toys in this SUV will instantly fill this review if I list all of them.Don't buy a lesser value car for much more money, get the 07 Outlander, more gadgets, high tech stuff, more SUV power with great fuel economy, for a significantly lower price than any competitor.
Pros: The gadgets and comfort, you feel like you are in a luxury vehicle when you are driving in this!
Cons: 3rd row seat is useless as I really don't know who you would want to stick in those.
Advice: Drive the CR-V, Rav4, Compass and Equinox, all comparable vehicles, and I cannot see choosing those over the Outlander.I've driven dozens of cars over the past three weeks and I have not come across any car that drove like this, and came with as many features, for the price. The only car I drove that was comparable to the drive was the Subaru Tribeca, but that was about $5k more and you need to use premium gas. This car had amazing features for just over $30k and they included a great Navigation system, an awesome 650watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, ability to download 2500 songs into the hard drive, heated leather seats, Bluetooth, sunroof, Xenon lights, you name it!!!
Pros: Ride Quality and Comfort
Cons: would like 5 speed auto (not 4)
Advice: Highly recommend this vehicle, drive the Rav4 and CR-V first then drive the Outlander last.The Outlander handles very nicely for day to day activities and commutting. There is some body lean while doing fast cornering, but the tires and suspension do their job adequately (I'm planning to buy an aftermarket strut bar to give more stability while cornering). In the city it can coast for what seems forever once at a certain speed, say 60km with your foot off the accelerator. I would rate braking as very good, but not excellent, the brake pedal feels a little soft for a car of this weight. That being said, I've never had any problems doing fast braking this car comes standard with ABS. On the highway, road noise is only slight from the tires at speeds 110-120 Kph with virtually no wind noise. I have taken it up to 160Kph and felt secure and the handling/steering was still tight and responded like it should with it's full time AWD. Again it's no sports car, but I felt the performance of this car was as good or better then it's competitors. Smooth! This car drives comparable to the older Lexus RX300 series, I driven an RX300 several times and the ride quality is very similar! If you have a chance to test drive the Outlander, you'll 'feel' what I'm talking about.
Pros: The Look and stereo, and the heated seats for minesota weather
Advice: drive them all in the same class before making decisionAfter driving the Vue,Highlander,Tribute, We fell in love with the Outlander. Very comfortable and lots of zip for highway driving and the gas is avg. 25-29 mpg and that is at higher speeds like 70-80. We could not be any happier. Even has heated seats and a awesome stereo system. And for under 22k.
Pros: Easy to drive, bad resale/trade-in value
Cons: scratches easily on exterior and interior. A little small, especially in the leg room dept.
Advice: Test drive others in this same category. Consider your needs before purchasing.I like the car/SUV. It's fun and easy to drive. We have two small children so it's a tight fit for the four of us. Cargo space is limited as is leg room. We've been very happy with the performance of this vehicle. We also love the warranty/free oil changes/free tires for life. If we didn't have kids we'd keep it. We need more room so we're looking at vans. The trade-in value sucks! We paid about $23,000 and today the dealer told us the most we could get for the outlander is $13,000. It's only 6 months old & w/low mileage! My advice, buy used so you don't take the huge hit we did on a new one.
Pros: Interior comfort.
Cons: Doesn't have automatic climate control.
Advice: Spend the extra and get the XLS AWD version - it is worth it.I purchased my 2004 XLS AWD on New Year's Eve and have already put 7,000 miles on it! It is the best vehicle that I have driven in a long time. AWD made a huge difference this winter in the snow, as I drive long distances each day. And the heated leather seats aren't too bad either! A very sound vehicle on the highway that loves to be driven at 80 mph.
Pros: Body design and front grill. Back hatch is very easy to open.
Cons: Factory stereo system.
Advice: Try this one. You'll be impressed.It is quite a peppy little SUV. Very cute. Unique. Everyone on the road right now drives a CR-V. The front grill design makes this one stick out in the crowd. Resale isn't as nice as the Honda, but I don't care because I plan on owning this for several years. Back hatch is much lighter to open that the CR-V. Great for loading baby gear. Leary about buying a Japanese-made car. I traded off a Ford Mustang convertible for this cutie because of the baby. No regrets.