2007 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS V6 from North America
Last time I grinned this much was when I owned a BMW M3
55,000; replaced rotors and brake pads.
Range Rover looks, Evo quickness, more gadgets than a 007 (James Bond) car.
The car came loaded. 18 inch wheels, daytime running lights (fog lights), keyless entry, xenon headlights, 6+ cup holders, 2-3 compartments, onboard computer with touch screen, navigation, monitors everything (tire pressure, maintenance, weather, MPG, distance), Bluetooth capability, and a great, great Fosgate sound system.
This car is a definite upgrade compared to anything I've seen in its class. It competes against Honda, the RAV4, and the Tiguan... Similar reliability, but has looks that rival more premium SUVs (Lexus, Range Rover, BMW, Audi).
Very quick car. Can go into manual or automatic mode. Aluminum paddle shifters near the steering wheel, or up shift or down shift with the gear stick.
The ride is a little stiff, but the handling rivals sports cars.
Very handsome interior (black). Minor gripes: Seats could have been more comfortable. Rate it 6/10, comparing to previously owned cars: Volvo, Saab, Lexus, Honda, BMW, Acura, Toyota. Climate controls looked a bit cheap... Function won out over style in this department.
Overall impression: Smiley faces tell the whole story. >>>GRIN<<<
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th July, 2012