Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The Mitsubishi Outlander is a mid-size crossover manufactured by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was introduced in Japan in 2001, and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle exhibited at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. It was sold at Mitsubishi Japan dealership chain called Car Plaza. The ASX (Active Sports Crossover) represented Mitsubishi's approach to the industry wide SUV trend for retaining the all-season and off-road abilities offered by a high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, while still offering car-like levels of emissions, economy and size.

With a tough upper front grille in a new lightweight, aerodynamic frame, the 2015 Outlander suv outpaces the rest with style that endures. Arrive comfortably, no matter where you're headed – and command attention every step of the way. 

The 2015 Outlander features standard fold-flat third row seats, so there's always room for family and friends to join in your adventures. And with premium touches like a soft-touch instrument panel, automatic climate control, and an available power sunroof, you and your passengers get to where you're going in comfort and style.

The Outlander has the requisite stance—and more rugged-looking lower-body look—to match its name, even if off-roading isn't its forte. The Outlander offers a choice of either a four- or six-cylinder engine. Base models use a 2.4-liter four that makes 166 hp and is paired with a continuously variable transmission, which is a surprisingly lively combination. The more expensive GT model gets a V-6 that's good for 224 hp; the added power is nice, although it requires premium-grade fuel and isn't terribly efficient. Torque is also pretty low and uninspiring. It does come with a conventional six-speed auto, which is more to the liking of those interested in performance.

Safety firsts for Mitsubishi in the Outlander include Adaptive Cruise Control (with three distance settings), Lane Departure Warning, and a Forward Collision Mitigation that will, at lower speeds, first signal that an obstacle or other vehicle is ahead and then brake the vehicle fully to a stop. Super All-Wheel Control is an integration of several advanced technologies that together take full advantage of the engine's power. The Active Front Differential (AFD) distributes engine power between left and right on the front axle. 

Active Stability Control (ASC) helps keep the vehicle on its intended path when cornering and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) improves control and stability under hard braking. And with four driver-selectable modes, including NORMAL, SNOW, LOCK, and the new AWC ECO Mode, the Outlander is ready to adapt safely to tricky conditions. S-AWC is available on Outlander SE, in addition to the top-flight GT trim.

Today's Outlander offers one of the strongest sets of standard equipment for the money, among compact-to-mid-size crossovers. And if it’s three-row models you’re considering, the new modelis the features-for-money champ.

Base ES models don’t include Bluetooth or alloy wheels, but if you can look past that they include automatic climate control, keyless entry, and a six-speaker, 140-watt audio system, among other things. Leather, a sunroof, and a power tailgate are available on the top models.

A plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander will be introduced for the 2015 model year, offering all-wheel drive and a complex drive system that's capable of both series and parallel hybrid operation.

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