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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

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It seems fairly obvious that if you build a vehicle with the right looks, the right equipment and the right price, success is sure to follow. That's the case with the Mitsubishi Outlander, a phenomenal crossover SUV with an impressive list of standard and available equipment unmatched by anything in its class. Sharing its platform with the Lancer sedan (and the hot-performing Evo sport variant) the sporty Outlander sets new standards in refinement and performance. Combined with available features that include 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 also given its compact crossover a new name. Like the latest Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Outlander also 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 2009 Mitsubishi 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 New for 2009

A third-row seat is now offered on the four-cylinder SE trim, while a backup camera is added to the XLS' available navigation system. Rain sensing wipers and auto on/off headlamps are added to the available Luxury Package.

Driving the Outlander

Driving Impressions While the sportiest crossovers on the market can actually encourage spirited driving, the 2009 Mitsubishi 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.

40-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.

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Details
2009 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. For their parts, second-row passengers in the XLS 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

The second-generation Outlander commands a much larger presence than most vehicles in this category. 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 chrome-plated door handles, side sills and grille bar, plus dual exhaust outlets.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment included on the base Outlander ES includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, engine immobilizer and an AM/FM/CD/CD-MP3 audio system. Standard safety equipment includes Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags. The SE trim adds fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio and the FAST Key entry system, while the top-line XLS trim tosses in a the 3.0-liter V6 engine, Sportronic shift paddles, automatic climate control, six-disc CD changer and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Optional Equipment

The Outlander's premium-like list of optional equipment is, for the most part, in packages, and includes leather seats, heated seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, 40 gigabyte hard drive-based navigation with rear backup camera, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, FAST Key keyless entry and start, 650-Watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, auto on/off headlamps, rain sensing wipers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an auxiliary audio input.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander's 3.0-liter V6 isn't the most powerful in the category, but, by generating 90 percent of its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm, it's responsive around town. The base 2.4-liter engine and CVT transmission help reduce the price, but seem to sacrifice a good deal of power for not much better fuel economy. 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.

2.4-liter in-line four
168 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (2WD), 20/25 (4WD)

3.0-liter V6
220 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
204 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (2WD), 17/23 (4WD)

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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 229 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
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

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."

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"

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."

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"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Extremely pleased

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, very reliable, I enjoy driving it"

Cons: "Bluetooth is for phone only, not music."

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

"I bought this Outlander used 4 years ago. Did lots of research before deciding on the Outlander. I based my decision on customer reviews and price. Was surprised that the Outlander was far cheaper and had much better reviews than the likes of Murano's. I can honestly say this is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned, especially after putting 100,000 of my own miles on it. Only repairs have been the key fob (warranty covered it), a tie rod end and the blower motor resistor. Ride for me is very comfortable, especially considering the 18" low profile tires. The Rockford Fosgate sound system is amazing, and the 4 wheel drive is excellent. The past two winters here in West Michigan have brought loads of snow and I have easily drove 40 mph through 12 inches of snow with no pulling when hitting a deep pocket. Very good on the ice too. I have the 2.4l 4 cylinder, and I can't complain about acceleration for passing or take off. I am amazed at how well the 4 cylinder does in a larger vehicle, and I am a lead foot. Cargo space has been sufficient for me, moved a lot of stuff in this. Plan on driving this into the junkyard and pretty sure that will be several years from now, love it."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

a Great Value - tons of cargo, excellent MPG

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "versatility, cargo space, MPG"

Cons: "comfortable but lackluster interior"

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

"The outlander has performed admirably on my long road trips (granted, its not the chushiest of interiors) as well as my excursions up and down mountain roads. It's not meant as an off-road vehicle, but its got just enough extra clearance to get me to my dirt-road camping spots. The little 4cyl does just fine on big hills and gives me 32 mpg highway / 28 mpg total average. I don't think there's another vehicle with that MPG that has space for my gear (camping / biking / dogs / backpacking / trips to Home Depot, Etc.). The price was right, but you can feel some of the lackluster materials inside. Overall - I'd buy it again in a heartbeat."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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