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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Solid small SUV with sporty styling and versatility

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander is a small crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that comes in four trim levels: ES, SE, XLS, and GT. Offered with front or all-wheel drive configurations and as a five- or seven-passenger vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a great family car. The ES and SE trims come with a four-cylinder engine married to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the GT and the XLS trims are powered by a V-6 engine joined to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The ES trim sports 16-inch wheels, but all other Outlanders ride on 18-inch wheels. Upper level trim amenities include features such as Bluetooth connectivity, an aluminum roof, a split tailgate, and a 40 GB music hard drive. At the GT trim level, Idel Logic, which puts the car in neutral at stops to conserve fuel, is available. The Mitsubishi Outlander's safety ratings are impressive, and its fuel economy has improved to 21 mpg city / and 25 mpg highway.

New for 2010

In 2010 the Mitsubishi Outlander received its first major update in three years, including new front and rear fascias, hood, fenders, and front mesh grille. Trims now include ES and SE four-cylinder trims and XLS and GT V-6 trims. The brand-new GT trim comes standard with a 230-horsepower V-6 engine, Mitsubishi's Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and synthetic leather on the dash.


Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.0L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Body Style: SUV
Trims: ES Sport Utility, SE Sport Utility, XLS Sport Utility, GT Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Mitsubishi Outlander features an aluminum roof, available Xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps and a split tailgate.

From the Inside

Inside, the Mitsubishi Outlander boasts a 60/40-split second row and maximum cargo capacity of 72.6 cubic feet, while a split tailgate supports up to 440 pounds when lowered. Among the standard equipment on the Outlander are air conditioning, cruise control, and keyless entry.

Driving Performance

The Mitsubishi Outlander ES and SE trims, available with front- or all-wheel drive, carry a 2.4-liter 168 horsepower, 167 pound-feet four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The SE trim offers magnesium paddle shifters, while the XLS and GT trims sport a 230 horsepower, 215 pound-feet 3.0-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Safety Equipment

Among the Mitsubishi Outlander's safety features are dual front, front side, and side curtain bags with rollover sensors. Also standard are anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Gas Mileage

ES FWD, SE (FWD): 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway
ES AWC, SE (AWC): 21 mpg city/25 mpg highway
XLS (FWD): 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway
XLS AWC, GT S-AWC: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway


  • Sporty styling
  • ES trim's magnesium paddle shifters
  • Split tailgate/liftgate design
  • Smooth-running V-6 engine


  • Weak four-cylinder engine
  • Cramped third row


Solid small SUV with sporty styling and versatility

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