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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 222 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

Can anyone answer this Outlander question ?

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love the style, the handling & shifting paddles"

Cons: "Resale and value"

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

"Outlander Gt 2013 with every bell and whistle. I researched for months. I knew this car would have to last me. I got my Outlander 2013 in March of 2014. There was only 5 new ones left on the east coast. I used every website and found out that I was buying this one for way below book and dealer cost. It listed for a little over $35,000 and I got it with all taxes, fees, gap insurance for $31,200.00 . So, now my question and concern. Even though I have no plans on selling it, the resale and trade in is like $21,000. I'm beside myself and can't believe how this can happen. What about the people who got an Outlander in 2013 for closer to the sticker price? They most be in the same boat. Has anyone heard of this before with any other car company or is this a sign that Mitsubishi is in trouble and on its way out. This buy truly makes me sick sick sick. I know I'm holding on to it, kind of have to now but everybody wants value in their cars. Does anyone have past experience with Mitsubishi buying or can you tell me you think this happening with this model ?"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Kinda regret buying this vehicle

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good family vehicle"

Cons: "cheaply made, noisy"

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

"When I first purchased my vehicle, I bought it with the intention of doing some minor hiking, kayaking, hauling around teenagers, etc. After installing the roof racks, it did great hauling my kayaks, but the microsuede interior was a pain to clean after any of these adventures. I also had problems with some of the plastic interior pieces being cheaply made which I discovered after making a small move. Furniture I would load/unload easily popped off the plastic liners found on the seats and the back of the third row seat. I also have a lot of problems with my media system. Sometimes when I connect my iPhone via bluetooth, it either takes forever or doesn't connect at all. When I decide to charge my phone and hook it up via USB, it usually takes about 5 minutes to connect and then once I do can only control the music through my console. Lastly, my vehicle did sustain some minor body damage when there was an ice storm and to my surprise it immediately started to rust! So to sum it up, this vehicle is good for transportation, light travel, etc. I guess I just expected something a little more rugged and reliable for my money."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Penalty Box on Wheels

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Good value, good handling, decent mileage ,"

Cons: "Engine drone is terrible, very uncomfortable."

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

"This vehicle is great for short drives, but very hard to sit in for long. The rear seats are for enemies only (forget about the 3rd row seat!). I need to trade mine in before the horrible drone of the engine drives me crazy. Otherwise it is a typical well built and highly functional Japanese vehicle."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

The Hidden Jewel in the SUV Market

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

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: "Sporty, fun to drive, distinctive look"

Cons: "none that I've found"

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

"I absolutely love my Mitsi ! I had an Eagle Talon for 18 years, which was Mitsubishi underneath, so when it finally died I had no reservations about buying a Mitsubishi vehicle. Reliable and sturdy, sporty and a blast to drive. It looks small from the outside, but there's tons of room inside. My husband is 6.1 and very comfortable in the driver or passenger seats. The snout gives it attitude and makes the Mitsi stand out from all the other SUVs. I have the base ES, but it has enough options in my opinion. The CVT transmission takes a minute to get use to, but I love that it slows down on its own, which saves on your brakes. The 4 cyl is peppy and responsive. I have no trouble merging onto the highway. Plus it has a timing chain vs a belt, which saves you $$$. Gas mileage averages 22 in town and 30 on the highway. I've had no major or ever little mechanical problems with this SUV. I just keep up the regular maintenance schedule. I get many positive comments about it, and recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a reliable, all around great SUV! I look forward to many more miles with this gem."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

My first Mitsubish and pleasantly happy owning it!

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "NAVI, Keyless, Reliability and Versatility"

Cons: "Passenger seats a little more comfortable"

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

Off-Roading

"I must say its a great reliable and fun car to drive and own. Not too many visits to the mechanic unless the maintenance, cheap parts, decent gas mile 20-25mpg. Great on the snow, sand, rain and off road. I do a lot of beach trips and this thing handles like a beast where others Pilot Jeep and Ford seem to struggle. Spacious for an SUV very well equipped, and awesome interior design! I love in particular my Navi System with an insane subwoofer. Keyless entry is great feature. Plus the paddle shift, if you want to put this thing moving since I have the 2.4L not the 6, does the job... I was a german car guy but I'm completely happy with my Outlander... Will keep my eye on future models"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Off-Roading

excellent vehicle

By on Monday, April 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "My best inversion"

Cons: "none"

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

"I live in Puerto Rico and the road here are horrible, hole everywhere.. And this vehicle NEVER visit a mechanic in 7 year and never let me on the street . Is the best inversion i ever made!!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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