I was in the market for a smaller SUV and wanted something sporty with great gas mileage. Being a single mother, I also needed something dependable. After reviewing Consumer Reports and seeing the high ratings for the 2003 Mitsibishi Outlander; then driving it, I was sold! I have been very pleased with everything about it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fuel efficient, sporty SUV.
Overall I love the car, but here's the things that are annoying about the 06 Outlander.
1) Turning radius. This is my first SUV/Wagon, so I have nothing to compare it with, but I've seen minivans that could make sharper turns.
2) Rattles. The glove compartment rattles so much on bumpy highways that I had to get some window insulation tape and re-seal the glove box.
3) Short Wheel Base = Bumpy Ride. At highway speeds on patched over northern roads... it's impossible to keep your head steady because the car bounces you around so much.
The gas mileage has been accurate to the sticker info. The AWD is responsive. The vehicle is very peppy for a standard 4 cylinder. The interior is very calming and still sporty. The seats and interior roominess is perfect for me at 5'5".
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