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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander was new.


Performance: 7.8

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander is sporty and fun to drive, but its base four-cylinder engine and even the optional V6 can be a bit sluggish. That said, power isn't a problem in the GT model, which boasts all-wheel drive and a 230-horsepower V6 engine.

  • "Fortunately, the ride is pretty nice in the Outlander. Bumps and most craters that grace the roads in metro Detroit are smoothed out to be quite tolerable. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel, though, as the Mitsubishi's front wheels err toward the jumpy side. A moderate dose of body roll also awaits you at every bend in the road." -- Left Lane News
  • "With sporty on-road all-season tires, you can feel the Lancer connection. Ground clearance is lower than you'd expect, but it will handle rough weather with gusto." -- Car and Driver

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Outlander ES and SE come with a 2.4-liter, 168-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine. Many test drivers find it sluggish and prefer the XLS and GT model's 3.0-liter, 230-horsepower V6. Test drivers have yet to weigh in how the extra horsepower impacts acceleration.

For 2011, Mitsubishi has improved the Outlander’s fuel economy. Two-wheel drive models with the four-cylinder engine get an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Two-wheel drive V6 Outlanders get 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway. If you go for all-wheel drive, four-cylinder models net 22/27 city/highway and V6 models get 19/25. 

  • "Four-cylinder models are slow from a stop but build speed adequately above 20 mph. We timed an AWD version at 9.4 seconds 0-60 mph; a 2WD version felt slightly quicker. The CVT adjusts ratios promptly for passing, but power is limited. V6 Outlanders have more than enough verve for most driving conditions, but could use more power for ideal highway passing response." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 3.0-liter V6 is a little shy on low-end torque, but once revved up, it moves the Outlander along sufficiently and smoothly." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The Outlander's nimble handling is one of its strengths thanks to a platform shared with the sporty Mitsubishi Lancer sedan. The new GT model comes with all-wheel drive and boasts even sportier handling. Another sporty compact SUV is the Volkswagen Tiguan, which comes with a turbocharged engine, boasts even better handling dynamics and starts at only around $2,000 more than the Outlander.

  • "This crossover has quick and communicative steering feel with moderate body lean in turns. XLS models are slightly sharper overall thanks to standard 18-inch tires. Outlander is particularly susceptible to highway-speed crosswind wander." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Ride quality is just as important as handling in a small SUV, though, and the Outlander is indeed comfortable and well-mannered when cruising." -- Edmunds
  • "The Outlander drives like a car thanks to its new performance-engineered global platform derived from the foundation of Mitsubishi's Lancer and its next-generation Lancer Evolution." -- Chicago Sun-Times

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