2006 Mitsubishi Outlander SE 2.0 from North America

Summary:

I love It!!!

Faults:

I have had this SUV since July 22nd and nothing has gone wrong at all. We drove it to Reno, NV and back and it still is running just like new. But like with every car if you keep the maintance up on it the car should last a very long time.

General Comments:

My husband and I were looking for a small SUV for us that would hold everybody, but not break the bank. We looked for about a month and were about ready to give up. One day my husband came home and asked me how long will it take you to get ready? I said get ready for what? He said to go get your new car. I couldn't believe it and he told me what it was and I was very surprised.

We got to the car lot were the car was and I fell in love with it before I even got to drive it. It is Black, fully loaded, nice rims and tires, 6 disk in dash changer, heated seats, cruise, sport auto is what its called I think. Were you having the option to have either the automatic or push it over to become a 4 speed.

I like the fact that it can get up and go in no time. Getting on the freeway is so much easier having a newer car with some get up and go.

It drives like no other SUV I test drove. It rides like a car, but is a small SUV.

I would recommend this to anybody that is looking for a fully loaded SUV with room for up to 3 kids or people.

I also like the fact that the back seat can recline to an extent. So if my daughter wants her seat laying back she can and when my son gets older if he wants his different he can do that without having a big argument over it.

I would give this car ****

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2006

2006 Mitsubishi Outlander ZF LS Activ Pack 2.4 MIVEC from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

The best medium sized 4 cyl., (real) 4x4 family wagon for your money

Faults:

Nothing. It's new. (touch wood)

General Comments:

For 2 weeks, visited almost all dealers to search for medium 4x4 (4 cylinder) to be used as my family car for the next 5 years. It was a long decision for me because I want to get the right car that I will not regret buying. I worked hard and saved for the money to pay cash.

I don't understand why people are still buying the Ford Escape. Exterior is dated, interior is bland, drive is so-so and no cruise control. The CRV and RAV 4 (MY 2005) has excellent fit and finish, drive is good, but I feel they're over-priced. Tucson City is fresh, nice interior at par with Japanese standards, but the 2.0 li engine lacks punch. I've not owned a Korean car and maybe not yet in the next 5 years. The Tribute is too tall and bulky for my taste and Xtrail is out of my budget and I did not bother.

Then came the Outlander. I didn't mind the exterior looks. In fact I liked it, it's a real bloke's car unlike the CRV, RAV4, Tucson which are popular with mums. It's not too tall, not intimidating, it's a friendly family wagon to other motorists. Interior is just like any Japanese car, simple and easy to use dash layout, seats are similar to Toyota and Mazda in feel and quality.

Then came the test-drive. I can say that the InvecII auto is the best in its category. Smooth shifting and well mated to the engine. The 2.4li Mivec 120 KW (160 hp) is just spot on. Handling is excellent, sure-footed, soaks up road bumps and the ride is just comfy. No squeaks and rattles, quiet at high speeds. I wanted a real 4x4 with 4 cylinder, and this is the best I can get for my money. I even got the Activ pack free - cross roof bars, CD stacker, nudge bar and A$500 free fuel. But the steel wheels with plastic cover is pathetic, I had to fork out A$1K for a proper set of original Mitsubishi alloys.

At the moment I'm getting 12.5 li per 100 km (19mpg) but I hope this improves as the engine loosens up.

My family is very happy with our purchase. No regrets. This is our first Mitsubishi and knowing that the Outlander is fully imported from Japan, I'm quite confident that this will offer years of trouble-free motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2006

13th Apr 2006, 20:22

Hi I have a 2004 Outlander, which I bought because I got a good deal from my local Mits dealer. Cost $34K on road for the top spec model with sunroof etc. In just short of two years have covered 75K. No problems whatsoever. Fuel consumption averaged 10.5 l/100 km or 27 mpg. Would I recommend an O/Lander - yes.