After undergoing an update, the 2010 Mitsubishi GT-S has seen several improvements over the 2009 model.
For starters, the standard 3.0L V6 power plant has gained 10 more horsepower that now produces 230-hp and 215 lb/ft of torque at 3750 rpm. As such, it’s EPA rated at 18 city 24-highway mpg. The power boost produced lively performance from a standing stop to highway passing situations.
Based on the Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, the new Outlander produces a pleasant ride over most Allentown road surfaces. Only harsh pavement creates some interior commotion. But overall, the P225/55R18-inch Goodyear Eagle tires provide decent grip and ride for this somewhat heavy (3,505 pound) vehicle.
Handling too was fairly compliant with some body roll in sharp turns. Steering was a bit heavy during parking maneuvers, but manageable.
At highway speeds, tire hum was noticeable although it disappeared at normal speeds. Otherwise, the cabin was relatively quiet.
Interior accommodations were adorned in leather and faux brushed aluminum trim with aluminum encased foot pedals. Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters afforded quick shifting of the slick 6-speed automatic transmission.
Realistically rated for five, seating was ample and comfortable with a third row that is applicable only for kids. My only complaint with the seats is that the seat edges were perforated instead of the back and bottom inserts where they’re needed most for better cooling in summers’ heat.
An easy to use GPS system with rearview camera was nice to have although it’s embedded within a pricey ($3,000) option group consisting of leather seating surfaces, power driver’s seat, heated front seats, camera system, 40GB hardrive for music storage, Rockford Fosgate audio, nav and real-time traffic updates.
With Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control traction system, a knob directs the center differential to send power from front to back and from side to side when selecting one of three modes: “tarmac,” “snow,” and “lock.” Not all SUVs or crossovers offer this variety of traction options.
Step-in into the cabin is a low 19 inches. Wide sills (7.25 inches), however, require a stretch to alleviate soiled pant legs.
Back in the spacious (33.5 cubic feet) cargo area of which measures 39 inches deep, 38.5 wide and 36 high, cargo load height is an easy 24.5 inches. Flip the sliding/reclining split rear seats and cargo length extends to 54 inches. If long items are to be carried, it seems best to fold only the seatback as both it and the bottom combined eat up 13 inches of flat load floor.
As for the cargo gate, it flips out in two pieces ala BMW’s X5 SUV. When opened, the lower portion extends out 11 inches from the bumper. The gate itself is rated to hold up to 440 pounds and is nice for tailgating.
With a base price of $29,250, the Outlander is nicely furnished with most every amenity included. Such niceties as xenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, auto on/off headlamps, rear LED tail lights, heated side mirrors are all included.
With the option package described, the bottom line with delivery came to $32,990. For that price, the Outlander is content loaded but should include a power front passenger seat.
Safety wise, the GT-S is government rated at 5-stars for frontal crash and four for rollover. Side crash wasn’t rated.
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