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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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While the outgoing model never amounted to much more than basic transportation in the shape of an SUV, the all-new, more sophisticated 2007 Outlander makes a compelling alternative to the category's best. Based on the same platform that will spawn the automaker's next-generation Lancer sedan (and the much-anticipated Evo sport variant), the sportier and more powerful new Outlander is transformed most significantly by a huge leap in refinement. Combined with available features like a hard drive-based navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 650-watt audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and keyless entry and start, it wouldn't have been surprising if Mitsubishi had given its compact crossover a new name altogether. Like the latest Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Outlander now offers a small, "just in case" third-row seat.

You'll Like This Car If...

Arguably the most tech-savvy vehicle in the category, the Outlander is further distinguished by a combination of energetic driving dynamics and an available third row seat.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you'll be using a third-row seat with any regularity, you'll definitely want something bigger. While the stable and confident Outlander isn't one to turn its nose up at a little enthusiastic driving, it's not as sporty as the Mazda CX-7, for instance.

What's Significant About This Car?

Bigger and more powerful than its predecessor, the second-generation Outlander is also more feature-packed, sportier and significantly more refined.

Driving the Outlander

Driving Impressions While the sportiest crossovers on the market can actually encourage spirited driving, the Outlander tends to simply tolerate such frivolity. Still, that's enough to qualify it as livelier...

than most. Excellent steering and brake feel, a well-tuned suspension and supportive front seats combine to deliver a balance of comfort and confidence that will accommodate a range of driving styles. Even when we had to use all the available horsepower to do so, the Outlander never had trouble merging or passing. Not surprisingly, we had the most fun in the most expensive model—a four-wheel-drive XLS—which seems to handle corners more responsively than front-wheel-drive models and includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Favorite Features

30-Gigabyte Hard Drive
The Outlander's hard drive-based navigation system is refreshingly quicker and more responsive than more common DVD-based units. It also allows you to store up to six gigabytes of digital music.

Keyless Entry and Start
The available FAST-Key system lets you unlock and start the Outlander without even touching the key/transmitter.

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander Details
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander photo Interior

By several measurements, the Outlander's available third-row seating area is the smallest in the category. For a group trip that includes one or two kids, however, that extra capacity is enough to turn a two-car convoy into a single-vehicle jaunt. By collapsing flat into the cargo floor when not in use, it's basically a "why not?" feature (and one that's available only on the top-line XLS model). For their parts, second-row passengers can slide and recline their way to maximum comfort. Well-bolstered front seats and a very modern instrument panel with a technical aspect to its appearance further the new Outlander's more vigorous, even athletic demeanor.

Exterior
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander photo

Parked next to its predecessor, the second-generation Outlander commands a much larger presence than its increases of four inches in length and one inch in width would suggest. LED taillamps and available HID headlamps help communicate the new level of refinement, while an innovative "flap-fold" two-piece tailgate—with a bottom section that folds level with an already low load floor—provides for easy cargo loading and unloading. It also functions well as a bench or table for outdoor activities. The wheel lineup ranges from 16-inch steel wheels to 18-inch alloys, and top-line XLS models can be identified by silver-painted door handles, bumper extensions and roof rails, plus dual exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment included on the base Outlander ES includes air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry and an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3 audio system. Standard safety equipment includes electronic skid and traction controls plus front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The Outlander's premium-like list of optional equipment includes leather seats, heated seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, hard drive-based navigation and audio system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, keyless entry and start, 650-Watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system and an auxiliary audio input.

Under the Hood

It isn't the most powerful V6 in the category, but by generating 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm the Outlander is responsive around town. That power is routed to the wheels via a manually selectable six-speed automatic transmission with available steering column-mounted paddle shifters. The Outlander is available in front-wheel drive or three-mode four-wheel drive (FWD, 4WD Auto, 4WD Lock), both with electronic traction control. Towing capacity is rated at up to 3,500 pounds.

3.0-liter V6
220 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
204 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (2WD), 19/26 (4WD)

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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 216 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great vehicle

By on Saturday, February 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very reliable"

Cons: "gas milage a little low"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Own this car and after 5 years no major problems. Only cost other than oil changes and filter has been the battery."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

most versatile car I ever owned

By on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "true all weather vehicle, versatile, great mpg"

Cons: "carpets thin, feel dips in road"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love the fact that I can go from 2wd-AWD-4wd with the flip of a switch on while in motion. I never get struck in snow or bad weather. I average 23-28 mpg mixed driving which beats the Subaru's I used to own. A friend has over 75,000 on her 2 year old Outlander and not a bit of trouble or repairs. I love this car so much I have "sold" 3 others to colleagues and clients. My elderly mother in law can easily get in/out of my Outlander and I can pile a 6 dog sled team (all huskies and Malamutes) anywhere. This is the best car I have every owned. The "Luxury" items are lacking; but I did not buy the car for luxury. I bought it for practicality and drive-ability.It has exceeded my expectations on both counts."

great car

By on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"own a '98 Montero as well. Great carmaker. will buy another when then the old beast wears out. no time soon"

Comfortable family vehicle for families with 1 kid

By on Monday, December 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, good performance, reliable, powerful"

Cons: "no rear air vents, road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is a good vehicle. Has a lot of power and very light in weight for an SUV. I Like the convenience of fold down 3rd row seating. The new ones have an even better third row with the increased size of the SUV. One serious drawback is there are no air vents in the back. Road noise needs to be reduced too."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned

By on Sunday, November 10, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great and fun to drive and wounderful pricing"

Cons: "n/a"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"There is know doubt in my mind that i'm enjoying this auto to the fullest, mountain climbing great off road great Now im going to give it a test and thats the snow.2007 model is great, now i'd like to try the 2013 and 2014 model I dnt want anything but a Mitsubishi Outlander xls"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fun, reliable, stylish, room for 7 at a great $

By on Monday, November 04, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price fun to drive, great looking car."

Cons: "very plain interrior andthe gas mileage is just ok"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My family absolutely loves this car. It is fun to drive gets good gas mileage(not as high as they say) and we love the four wheel drive it handles great in all weather including snow. Very stylish car we have gotten alot of compliments on the exterior the interior is nice but not flashy at all, kinda plain. The third row comes in handy when our kids bring friends with them. An adult would never fit back there. All in all very happy with our outlander looking forward to having it for many years especially since it will be under warrantee for awhile 7 years is nice."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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