2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Review2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Review  - Reviews - Mitsubishi Outlander

Halfway through this review, I realized I was convincing myself — one paragraph at a time — that I actually don't like the Mitsubishi Outlander, so I had to reverse course. See, the utilitarian in me wanted to give the crossover a thumbs-up. It's strong on all the practical fronts a family-minded shopper ought to weigh: cargo and seating versatility, reliability, safety, gas mileage and overall value. But so are a number of prominent competitors, and it's when you compare the Outlander with those vehicles that you realize you're left with a car that's far less refined than it ought to be. As a utility vehicle, the Outlander gets the job done. As something you and your family can enjoy day in and day out, it may not be the best choice.

The five- or seven-seat Outlander comes in front- or all-wheel drive (click here to compare it with the 2008 Outlander). Trim levels include the four-cylinder ES and SE, and the V-6 XLE. Last year's LS trim is gone. I drove an all-wheel-drive SE, but I've also driven a V-6 version, a couple years back.

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Deployment of side air bags
The side air bags ARE DESIGNED TO DEPLOY when... The side air bags are designed to deploy when the vehicle suffers a moderate to severe side impact to the middle of the passenger compartment. Th ...

Power type (driver’s side only)
Adjust the seat by operating the switch as indicated by the arrows. 1- Adjustment forward 2- Adjustment backward Note ► To prevent the battery from running down, operate the power type se ...

“Child-protection” rear doors
1- Lock 2- Free Child protection helps to prevent doors from being opened accidentally, especially when small children are in the rear seat. A lever is provided on each rear door. If the lever i ...