The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander highway driving range is good. The 2WD Outlanders are fitted with a 16.6 gallon fuel tank, while the S-AWC Outlanders use a slightly smaller 15.8 gallon tank. The 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 is designed to run on premium unleaded, while four-cylinder Outlanders use regular unleaded.
All 2012 Outlanders are fitted with four-wheel-disc brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist.
The color Multi-Information Meter Display includes trip meters, range to empty, and average fuel consumption displays, along with a thermometer-style instant (real-time) MPG gauge. The real-time fuel economy display includes a triangular average MPG indicator and two-toned feedback bar that makes it easy for the driver to improve their average score. A small green ECO light helps to indicate efficient driving, as well.
The Outlander is based on the Lancer platform. Ride and handling are a notch above the cushy crossovers, although not as sporting as a GT label might suggest. The Outlander GT's Super All Wheel Control can be set to Tarmac, Snow, or Lock via a knob on the console. This differs from the Lancer EVO and Ralliart, as the four-door sedans offer a Gravel setting, rather than Lock. The EVO features front and rear active differentials, while only the front differential is active in the Outlander GT.
The GT's cabin is driver-focused, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters that are unrivaled in the segment.
Our tester was equipped with the Touring option package and optional Navigation system. The Touring package includes:
•Leather seating surfaces in the first and second rows
•Two-level heated front bucket seats
•Power driver's seat
•Nine-speaker 710 watt Rockford Fosgate Punch sound system with 10-inch subwoofer
The optional Navigation system features a 40GB music server and real-time traffic, along with an auxiliary video input jack, and a host of features you won't find in most sport utility vehicles, including:
•Average Speed and Fuel Economy History
•Temperature History, and
There are three twelve-volt outlets: one in the cargo area, one at the base of the dash, and one inside the center console, alongside the A/V inputs. Our tester was not equipped with the optional FUSE Hands-Free Link System, which provides Bluetooth and a USB port.
The sliding second row seat provides 37.5 inches of headroom with the sun roof (38.3 inches, without) and 36.8 inches of legroom. The strictly utilitarian -- and dare we say uncomfortable -- third row seat allows for 35.4 inches of headroom and 27.7 inches of legroom.
The split-tailgate is one of the Outlander's most endearing features. The cargo area allows for 14.9 cubic feet of storage behind the third row seat. Stowing the compact third-row seat yields 36.2 to 39.5 cubic feet of storage. In total, there's a generous 72.6 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats.
All-in-all, the S-AWC 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is a unique SUV, offering a relatively sporty ride and a cargo area with true utility. Mitsubishi has announced a S-AWC extended range electric Outlander for the 2013. Things are about to get very interesting ...
If you are considering the competition you might also want to test drive: Subaru Forester, Toyota Highlander, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Element, or a Ford Escape.
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