A DRIVER'S CAR. Fun, fun, fun or economical ho-hum
March 1, 2012
So you’ve read the rest now read the best. 2011 Outlander SE w/2.4L 4x4. This is a DRIVER'S car. No, it doesn’t have as much horse power as some but if you learn how to drive it, you're going to have just too much fun. The first thing you're going to have to do is disregard gas mileage, (While you and your car are learning.), and teach the car your driving habits. During this time you will need to figure out the power band for each gear using the paddle shifters on an empty road. So now that you've figured out that at (X) mph, if you drop down to (y) gear, you’re going to be at the start or middle of the power band for that gear. Fun, fun, fun!
The suspension is solid and allows the car to pull through the corners tight and predictable. There is a bit of torque steering in the lower gears but that lets me know I’m hitting the power band just right. The four wheel drive has worked great in this Colorado winter and I don’t think I’ll ever buy another car without the remote start feature.
The seats are very comfortable with the lumbar support right where it should be, for me. The cup holder to the left of the steering wheel gets little praise but, man is it convenient. Just watch your knees getting in and out if you leave it extended. The hands free bluetooth system is fantastic and should be required by law. The Rockford-fosgate w/subwoofer sound system is truely awsome! I can hook up my android phone to the RCA jacks and use a music player that has an equalizer that I downloaded. By doing so, I am able to create a, as good or better than component stereo presents inside my vehicle. Sometimes, I just keep driving. Like in The Matrix....Woo!
If and when I drive mellow, I’m getting about 25mpg city. Traveling at 75 to 80mph on the highway, my gas mileage decreases compared to 65mph or lower. This may not be the most economical car, but it can be some what conomical depending on your driving habits.
So here’s my conclusion, If you like to DRIVE your car, the outlander with its transmission, suspension and controls make it a DRIVER'S car. If you are a commuter, the Outlander is an economical vehicle. There are other more economical 4 cyl. engine vehicles out there but you won’t find the styling, performance and value of the Outlander. To me, this is a true hybrid vehicle. Fun, fun, fun or economical, (enough), ho-hum.