2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Review  - Reviews - Mitsubishi Outlander

After spending a couple of weeks test-driving the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, I've decided it's a great car for dads. Compared to many moms, dads tend to keep their parenting style as simple as possible. My husband is known to skimp on the kids' snacks and supplies, while my pockets, purse and center console are loaded with diapers, wipes, outfits and snacks. It's much the same for the Outlander.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander keeps it simple — maybe too simple — in its interior with low-key technology and not enough storage space, but its sporty exterior and agility on the road make it a fun car to have around.

The Outlander comes with two rows of seats standard. My test car, an Outlander GT S-AWC, had three rows of seats, but the third row was so tiny that it was nearly unusable by my kids.

Since its restyling in 2010, the Outlander hasn't changed too dramatically. For 2012, enhancements include an optional auto-dimming rearview mirror and a standard Eco indicator. There are also only three trim levels now as compared to four in previous years. The Outlander competes with heavyweights like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

The 2012 Outlander starts at $22,345 for the two-row base model. I tested the highest trim, the GT S-AWC with all-wheel drive and three rows of seats, which starts at an MSRP of $27,895. With the addition of the Navigation Package and Touring Package, which adds leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and a moonroof, the SUV cost $33,605 as-tested.

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