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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 236 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

Excellent value for the money.

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Roomy, economical, good looking, affordable."

Cons: "Third row seat of limited use."

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

"This car has met or exceeded expectations. Hard to believe it is the same overall size as the CR-V. Feels much larger. V6 provides plenty of punch. Would prefer less torque in the steering, especially when passing, but the engine and transmission are generally well mated. Third row seat is oversold; useful only for small people. Tailgate helps in loading heavy items. Overall, love it."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

great ride

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Milege, comfort,"

Cons: "Needs a little better insulation from road noise."

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

"When I changed from the original tires to a bit fatter, the ride improved from truck to car (sound and ride). Seems to be underrated by the pro reviewers. Get a true 22.5 mpg in city and 28 on the hwy. Third seat is sort of a joke - for small kids only. Tows trailer with ease. Might shift down a little too much during hill climbing. Interior is only OK. Absolutely no mechanical problems so far. Sound system good, handling good, driving easy. Too expensive to update GPS"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Reliable, nimble, all arounder

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "reliable, value, power, utility"

Cons: "road noise"

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

"I've owned my outlander for 5 years now and I am so happy I purchased it years ago. It's only in the shop for routine maintenance, it has a fabulous engine that MOOVES and the drop down tail-gate has come in handy for countless grocery runs, camping trips, and neighborhood chats. It is not the most soundless cabin and the interior is definitely has economy finishes but if you are looking for an incredibly reliable, hardworking car with moderate comfort and the pickup and go you need to navigate crowded highways, then the mitsubishi outlander is the right car for you."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best I Have Ever Owned

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

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
8/10

Pros: "Engine longetivity and V6 power"

Cons: "None really"

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

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"I never expected this vehicle would exceed my expectations but it has. At 170,000 plus miles I have never experienced a single instance of a problem. Nothing, not even a light bulb burn out. I finally replaced the spark plugs at 130,000 miles only to find out the originals were still in decent shape but at $14 dollars a plug x 6 and the only option it was pricey I thought. The dealer had to install it since it requires removal of the intake manifold. One note for engine longevity is I started using synthetic the week I bought it new. I pull a 3500 lb enclosed trailer for the past 7 years and it still pulls as strong as it did when I bought it. The interior is immaculate with no noticeable deterioration. This is a true snow machine and will run circles in the snow around most other suv/cuv. And I have driven most. Mitsubishi excels in AWD area. The AWD and 4WD lock are amazing. It has never failed to get me to my destination even pushing snow with the bumper. So what else to say, nothing bad. I put a lot of miles on vehicles like this and usually trade in at 60,000 miles. I decided to keep this as my backup. Have had numerous offers from locals and a dealer who know the secret of this vehicles longevity and like the shark nose and sporty look. I bought a 2014 Ford Escape with the turbo upgrade but it will never replace this. I wish the body style had followed the 2007 but I may trade the Ford in on the new designed Mitusbishi 2016. If it is anything like the 2007, I will be happy. So if you can find a 2007 buy it! Otherwise take a chance on the 2016. I will let you know my results if I end up buying one. The 2007 will be with me till its end. I have never posted about any of my past vehicles but this one was the exeption. I will upgrade the pic I put up with my own to show how well it holds up to the 170000 miles."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Sample of the look, make, model, year

Best car I've ever owned!

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price is right and has all the right features"

Cons: "Only the one safety recall"

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

"My only complaint, which is why I didn't rate reliability as a 10, is that I had a safety recall on the ac blower but it was fixed for free. Other than that, I bought my 2010 Outlander used for about $8k. I got mine for a steel! I had only about 119k miles on her and to top it off it had all the proper maintenance done and it was the XLS trim with the 3.0 v6! The dealership really didn't know what they had. I have driven it all the way from Florida to D.C. with no issues. She drives like she's new and has been more than what I expected! I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a small suv that is sporty yet functional."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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."

15 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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