What a great car! For those who prefer to shift for themselves; this little 5speed MANUAL is a ton of fun&makes this a very enjoyable place to send your time. I really like the aggressive styling espe...
What a great car! For those who prefer to shift for themselves; this little 5speed MANUAL is a ton of fun&makes this a very enjoyable place to send your time. I really like the aggressive styling especially the front end, the lights give it a menacing look. Overall exterior styling is very cool, I would go as far as to say its on par with the new Range Rover Evoque(both are similar in size&shape)especially with the 2013 update to the front fascia & the now std very cool looking 18”alloy wheels.
Look at the std features A/C,Bluetooth,USB,leather steering wheel&shift knob,traction,LED instrument lighting,LED brake lights,trip computer,7 airbags(1 for the drivers knees),ABS,CD/MP3,privacy glass,rear spoiler,spare tire(you get fix a flat in the Soul ouch!),4 wheel disc brakes,18”alloy wheels, plus a 10 yr warranty. Thats a lot of stuff you normally wouldnt get on a base car! Twenty grand, but after rebates & incentives it much, MUCH LESS. Mitsubishi is dealing on these,their #1seller. I bought new, in Jan 2013&got a big discount(20%)off sticker.
The best part is the 550ml driving range, from the 16.6 gal fuel tank! I drove 520ml, & the trip computer still showed 30 ml to empty. The fuel tank actually holds more than the 16.6 gal thats advertised, much closer to 19.6 gal total capacity. That works out to a hair less than 28mpg in mixed driving(50% city/HWY). This happen more than once. I drive about 100 ml a week, so its over 5wks of driving before I see a gas station. The trip computer is showing 24city, 32 hwy(driving at 70 mph) I even saw a high of 38mpg on the HWY at a steady 55mph(during break in. No,I wasnt passing anyone). So fuel economy&range are both outstanding. At $3.99/gal for gas now days it adds up. I traded my 2008 Suzuki XL7 with a 3.6L V6, I was averaging 19 MPG thats a $1000 a year in savings just in fuel economy.
The overall comfort is good, passenger vol is about the same as a 2012 Ford Escape (98 cu ft.), however the cargo area is touch smaller(20% less). The Outlander had better looking interior & felt nicer plus there were more standard features, & it costs less to boot! You sit fairly high up & get a nice commanding view over most traffic. The seats are very comfortable upfront; weve taken a 360 ml road trip & no complaints. Overall material inside are decent & look like they will last. The layout is very good, radio is up nice & high & easy to reach there are also audio controls on the steering wheel. Outward visibility is quite good too, front pillars a relatively slim, & there are no hideously bad blind spot out back. The back seat is good I can fit back there, Im 5'11". The cargo area is bigger than what they say,about 27cu ft. It has plenty of storage nooks upfront too.
The engine a 2.0L 4 cylinder&has 148HP, more than enough. Teamed with a 5speed manual, it really works well&its tons of fun. Yes, down low the engine is a bit flat, but above 2400RPM its downright zippy! Getting on the freeway is a great blast running through the gears,real fun!&youre not going to raise too many eyebrows. Shift it into top gear&youre going along at 60mph at 2500RPM in 5th(yes it could use a 6th). One of the car magazines tested a manual & got 8.5 sec to 60 & 16.5 in the 1/4 ml. Which is decent, its fast enough to have fun& still get 28 mpg. The exhaust has just a bit of a raspy sound to it kind of cool. Once warmed up its nice & smooth.
The ride is good, fairly well controlled & responsive. In everyday use in city driving it does quite well. The Outlander changes direction very nicely (dare I say Sporty)&can dart in&out of traffic at will. There is some body lean in turns (aggressively), but left to right transitions (lane changes) seem to be handled very well. It’s a bit bouncy,also gets a little noisy above 65mph, not a deal breaker. You may not even notice the radio has 148 watts & 4 speakers & sounds really good plus a setting for rock, hip hop, or country&USB to play music from a memory stick or a phone. With just over 2K ml on it now Im really happy,I wanted a compact SUV,this ones on the smaller end of the spectrum, its nimble, fast enough (for me), &very fuel efficient. A great car if you live in the city, its easy to park; its only 14ft long. Im very happy this car plan on keeping it til the wheels fall off.