We bought this car to continue the SUV trend from an X-Trail to get some space for the dog and the remaining child (well, teenager) occupying our home. We have now realised we don't need the size, so it's off to the car yard after three years' ownership.
The ride is comfortable and I felt the Outlander had less body roll than others in its class, but it's no sports car. The paddle-shifters on the XLS trim level combined with the bigger 2.4-litre engine do make for some fun driving, but they are not crisp gear changes. It more slurs through the gears, but does help progress.
Will I miss this car? Not us much as others I have owned. It did provide good comfort and space, but was not much more than transport. Am I glad to see it gone? No, it has been like that faithful friend that is always there, but does nothing special.
Ownership has been painless with 15,000km or 12-month service intervals, although I felt the $375 per service was a little steep.
So what are the pros and cons of a Mitsubishi Outlander?
The good points first:
It has a great highway ride and economy in this mode is great. We regularly saw 6–7L/100km and could drive for hours without any discomfort.
The fold-flat cargo area allows for large loads to be easily accommodated.
The infotainment system is easy to operate and pairs devices easily.
Now the not-so-good points:
Economy around town is pretty bad compared to the official figures. Was not unusual to see 12-plus litres per 100km.
This is mainly due to how the CVT operates and its love of high revs if you ask it to move swiftly.
The CVT is okay but takes some getting used to. It will let you down when you plant your foot sometimes as it struggles to work out what it needs to do.
Otherwise, this has been a good car with no issues to repair under warranty, just normal servicing.
So, now we are off to join the world of the small hatchbacks. Hopefully after 15 years of family cars, some fun can still be found with something like an SP25.