The Outlander is a compact crossover SUV made by the Japanese automaker, Mitsubishi. All models are four-door with a front-engine and a front- or four-wheel-drive layout. Production began in 2001, when it was known as the Airtrek in Japan. It continued under the Airtrek name in Japan until 2008. The same vehicle was introduced to the U.S. market in 2003 as the Outlander, and this is the first time this nameplate appeared, though it is the same vehicle as the Airtrek. By 2008, Mitsubishi began marketing the Airtrek as the Outlander in Japan, which is currently its name in all markets.
The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander marks the first variation of the second generation. These received an exterior makeover with a more rounded look. The front bumper and grille area remained sharper than many competitors, but with a more gradual angle toward the body and a tapered rear-end.
Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual
Models: Mitsubishi Outlander ES front-wheel drive, Mitsubishi Outlander LS front-wheel drive, Mitsubishi Outlander XLS front-wheel drive, Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4x4 drive, Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4x4 drive
The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander receives a complete redesign and is re-engineered with more standard and optional luxury features. The engine is more powerful than those of previous models. More model choices are now available. Seating in standard models is still five, but this can be increased to seven with a new seating option. The transmission is upgraded and offers auto-manual for more control. The 2007 models also have a more rounded look.
The profile of the Outlander has historically been nondescript within its class. The 2007 models go for a more modern look, rounded in the back, a more gradual slope from hood to the body, large tires, and interesting curves including the shape of the back windows. The front end remains identifiably sharp with the Mitsubishi logo. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard and upgraded models get 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Models get LED exterior lights and a rear liftgate that can hold up to 440 pounds.
The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander’s gauge cluster is modeled after old motorcycles, according to Mitsubishi. Controls are easily accessed and relatively intuitive. Standard features include two front bucket seats and a second row that can seat three, which can fold down for additional cargo space. A third-row bench can be added to accommodate seven total passengers.
Other standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry, odor-repelling upholstery, and a six-speaker CD stereo. With upgraded models, drivers get automatic climate control, audio controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth compatibility, a 30-gig hard drive with navigation, and other features on a nine-inch console, and an upgraded stereo system.
Performance & Handling
Performance has improved with 213-hp and 220-hp models that accelerate well. The transmission is smooth and the clutchless-manual offers more control. Rear visibility can be hampered and parking in tight spots can be difficult, but it handles well for a crossover in traffic and on the highway.
Safety features include all-disc anti-lock brakes, side-impact airbags in the front, side curtain airbags for the first and second row, electronic stability, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Outlander: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Additional seating available
- Aluminum roof achieves lower center of gravity
- Standard features
You Won't Like
- Price of upgraded model compared to competition
- Improved but still-plain profile
A convenient and comfortable ride with plenty of features.
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