New 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Styling
The Outlander receives a refresh for the 2010 model year that delivers a bolder front end and redesigned rear fascia. The unique design exudes an excellent balance of sportiness and luxury - a fact that helps make the Outander one of the prettiest looking crossovers for the year.
Inside, the Outlander offers ample room and comes with a good mix of standard features. Though base models come standard with room for five, the Outlander is one of the few compact SUVs to be available with optional third-row seating. While the third row is a little on the cramped side, it benefits from a stowable design that folds flat into the floor. If you're interested in a compact SUV that accommodates seven, then the Toyota RAV4 is also worth a look.
Cargo room is another advantage of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Compared to the RAV4, the Outlander offers more real estate regardless of seating configuration. At its maximum, the Outlander offers 72.6 cubic feet of storage.
In terms of fit and finish, the Outlander lags a bit behind class leaders. However, available standard features help make up for this, and include cruise control, air conditioning, 6-speaker stereo and full power accessories. Bluetooth, roof rails, steering wheel audio controls, auto climate control, satellite radio and other options can be had for a few dollars more.
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Performance
The base engine for the Outlander is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that outputs 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft. of torque. While a little slow off the line, this economical option performs good enough for everyday driving. It also benefits from above average fuel figures, which come in at 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
For a driving experience that truly matches the SUV's sporty styling, you'll want to consider upgrading to the 3.0-liter V6 engine. While fuel figures drop a bit (19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway), you'll be rewarded with 230 horsepower and one of the best driving experiences available in an affordable compact SUV.
All-wheel drive is available for both engines. The four-cylinder comes with a continuously variable transmission, while the V6 is mated to a six-speed automatic.
New 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety
The 2010 Outlander comes with all the standard safety features SUV shoppers have come to expect. These include six airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, tire-pressure monitoring and active head restraints. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Outlander earned a top rating of "Good" in both front and side impact tests.
New 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Pricing
The Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a base price of $20,840. Models with the V6 start around $25,000. Add in the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and decent gas mileage, and the Outlander is an overall good value. With similar features and pricing, the Toyota RAV4 is perhaps the closest competitor to the Outlander. Check into the Chevrolet Equinox if you're interested in improved gas mileage. For a similar sporty drive, consider test-driving the Mazda CX-7.