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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.

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
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 231 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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

Lot of bang for the buck

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks great no mechanical problems"

Cons: "uses premium gas"

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

"Bought this car new off the dealers lot. Was loaded and end of the model year and got a great deal on it. Have had it 41/2 yrs now. Have never had new brakes with over 62,000 miles on it and dealer report brakes at over 50% still. Handles well and 6 cy engine provides plenty of power On a recent 140 mile trip, MPG was over 40. Usually in the high 20's for highway driving. My previous car was a Lexus and this car has features the Lexus didn't. The ability to aim the headlights from controls inside the car is one. Just love the way it looks and drives."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

good car, good gas mileage, comfortable, motor V6

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: To many cars at home !!!

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: "over all an excellent car !!!"

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

"good car, good gas mileage, comfortable, its V6 engine provides excellent response when we need to use its power; in general, is a excellent car with good performance !!!"

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Overall-very satisfied.

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "love panoramic roof window, back-up camera, gas mi"

Cons: "Fuel door freezes up, gas cap hard to turn."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Gas mileage is great since I run it in 2WD most of the year. Only problem has been the fuel door freezes up in winter. Have to pound on it to release and finally the door fell off. Didn't take more than a new spring to fix it. Will see this coming winter if it freezes up again. Also, I have trouble unscrewing the gas cap inside door. Takes all my strength to get it to turn. Usually have to have someone nearby turn it for me."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Needs more power small 4 cylinder engine.

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Warranty 60.000 miles"

Cons: "more horse power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"You can hear the engine and the wind on long drives, needs more power. Otherwise it is reliable great on the snow here in PA, no mechanical issue great warranty, good for a small family and fun when you use the paddle shifters. Overall great car"

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

owner bought new/

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

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 gas mileage."

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

"Has blue tooth steering wheel phone. Equipped with lo-Jack. Aqua color exterior with grey interior. Roof rack, fold out rear load, can add 3rd seating. One Senior owner.seats fold flat for long loading. Windows cut glare."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Please Look Elsewhere

By on Monday, March 30, 2015

I don't own this car

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Leather, Sound System, Sunroof"

Cons: "Very Weak Powertrain, Road Noise, Engine Noise"

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

"Test drove an 09 Outlander twice. The 4 cylinder whines like it is looking for a pacifier. The wind noise is horrible on highway. Seriously though, this engine and transmission combo is not refined at all. Its very slow, very loud, and it just does not shift very well. Gas mileage is also awful. 20-25mpg on a 4cyl? My dash said I was getting about 17mpg. That is horrendous. The only thing to like in this vehicle is the sound system, sunroof, and leather seats. The rest of the car is a Chevy Cavalier in disguise. Very primitive powertrain. Look elsewhere"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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