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For all of its less-than-spectacular features, Outlander rebounds in several areas.
From driver's seat, visibility is good. The vehicle's leather seats are comfortable and front and rear seat access is spacious. Despite Outlander's compact SUV status, there's plenty of cargo space behind rear seat. And rear lift gate is nicely designed and functions with ease.
The Outlander's best feature, though, is its vast array of standard features, particularly in limited edition. Consider: air-conditioning, cruise control a 210-watt Infinity AM/FM stereo (six-disc CD and MP3 features), power doors, windows and sunroof, remote keyless entry, leather seats, heated front seats, a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, dual visor vanity mirrors, integrated fog lights, a nicely designed roof rail, a 60-40 split reclining rear seatback and daytime running lamps.
Still, Outlander doesn't have workmanship of other vehicles in its class and its resale value can't match more well-recognized SUVs offered by Ford, Honda and Subaru. Further, Outlander is an SUV with an underpowered engine. Isn't that a contradiction?
2005 Mitsubishi Outlander
Safety features -- Dual front and front side airbags, antilock brakes, daytime running lamps.
Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 21 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway).
Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles; Powertrain, 10 years/100,000 miles; Corrosion, 7 years/100,000 miles; Roadside assistance, 5 years, unlimited miles.
Base price range -- $25,179.00.
James Raia, a journalist in Sacramento, Calif., syndicates the column, The Weekly Driver Review and is co-author of the e-book How To Buy A Car Without Getting Ripped Off