Mitsubishi Outlander 2006
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General info about Outlander 2006
Mitsubishi Outlander 2006 is the last in the first generation model line. The second generation model
was launched on October 17, 2005, Mitsubishi launched dropping the Airtrek in Japan in
favor of adopting the global name Outlander. It features a new
DOHC 2.4 L 16-valve
MIVEC engine; Mitsubishi's
AWC system which features electronically controlled
four wheel drive and stability control, on a stretched
Mitsubishi GS platform. The
North American version, powered by a newly
designed 6B31 3.0 L
MIVEC was shown in April 2006 at the
New York Auto Show prior to its release
in October the same year.
The Mitsubishi 2.4 Liter SOHC engine is used not only in the Eclipse,
Galant and Outlander, but also in the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus. That means
that Chrysler dealerships can service the engine (as Mitsubishi dealerships are increasingly
rare and often are located at great distance).
- It is a very reliable vehicle. For long time owners, the vehicle is competitive with
a Honda or other comparable vehicles. The secret is that the public is not aware of is its
reliability. The drive is really smooth, especially on winding roads.
- Handling is very good: the SUV handles more like a sports sedan. Steering is precise
and the brakes and accelerator are responsive This car is way less expensive than Toyota /
Honda small SUVs with comparable features. The "INFINITI" surround sound system is awesome, clear
at full volume, the fog lights are a nice feature to have, the transmission performs like a champ,
- The gas mileage is poor at city and only decent on highway (24 m/g average city/hwy)
- The main drawback is that it depreciates pretty quick for the quality of the car. But for 2006
models this is no longer an issue ;-)
In its home market of Japan
it was the best-selling SUV from October 2005 to March
2006, while in the U.S. market it achieved 1,694 and 2,108 sales in November and December 2006, the
first two full months it was available; it won the 2005 Good Design Award (Product Design Category)
sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
Outlander's 2006 distinguishing features include a new-generation platform which underpins better
crashworthiness and greater rigidity, a high power and high fuel efficiency aluminum cylinder block
2.4-liter MIVEC*1 engine, and an electronically controlled 4WD system.
In terms of environmental performance, Outlander earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are
75% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption
by returning fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.
Mitsubishi Motors has revamped its production facilities for the new model. At the Mizushima Plant,
where Outlander is assembled, a new welding line has been installed for the first time in 10 years to
accommodate the requirements of the new platform. At the Shiga Engine Plant, state-of-the art machining
and assembly lines have been added for the new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine. The company has also bolstered
quality assurance levels throughout the full development-to-shipment chain. Outlander is the product
of stringent scrutiny and inspections implemented through the Mitsubishi Motors Development System (MMDS)
in the development phase and the multi-level In-Stage Quality Creation (ISQC) system on the production
Outlander uses more high-tensile steel sheeting to increase stiffness with little weight penalty,
and employs octagonal-section straight front side members and a reinforced cabin environment to create
a body that provides higher levels of all-directional crashworthiness. The body construction also meets
the requirements of compatibility during impact with small cars and pedestrian protection during impact.
An aluminum roof panel lowers the center of gravity and reduces roll inertia to improve steering
response and handling by reducing body roll and stagger without impacting ride quality.
New 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine
The Mitsubishi 2.4 Liter SOHC engine is used in the Eclipse, Galant and Outlander. Many people
are unaware that the engine is also used in the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus.
Outlander is powered by a new compact lightweight engine with a die-cast aluminum cylinder block.
Using MIVEC intake and exhaust valve trains, the new engine delivers more power while returning better
fuel efficiency and low emissions. It earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are 75% lower than
required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption by returning
fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.
Electronically controlled 4WD
Outlander uses Mitsubishi's electronically controlled 4WD system that continuously distributes front/rear
wheel drive torque in an optimal way according to conditions.
New suspension system
Outlander employs a MacPherson strut front and a trailing arm-type multi-link arrangement rear suspension.
The wider track and longer stroke improve handling and stability.
At the rear, Outlander employs mono-tube shock absorbers well proven on Lancer Evolution. Offering
faster response at slower vehicle speeds, this type of shock absorber reconciles a plaint and well-damped
ride with outstanding levels of handling and stability.
16-inch Chrome allow wheels
They provide a sense of power and stability to the exterior.
#16 of 263 Re: About doing your homework [nickel] by
Jun 16, 2007 (8:08 pm)
The Mitsubishis you drove were different animals. These were essentially Chrysler vehicles with Mitsubishi
label. These cars were built in Illinois and they had Chrysler powertrain and parts made by Detroit
suppliers. Thanks God, Mitsubishi divorced Chrysler in 2005. Chrysler certainly heavily damaged Mitsubishis
reputation in US, which in fact affected the resale values of Chrysler-build Mitsubishis. But now, the
things have changed. The Outlander now is built entirely in Japan by exclusively Mitsubishi. As a result,
we get one of the most reliable vehicles on the market, certainly more reliable then Tribeca. This is
the hard data:
Consumer Reports 2006 ratings:
2006 Outlander: top 5 in class
2006 Tribeca: average
Edmunds.com owner rating:
2007 Outlander: 9.2
2007 Tribeca: 8.8
Yahoo Autos owner rating:
2007 Outlander: 4.5
2007 Tribeca: 4.0
Different sources, and very consistent results in favor of Outlander. So if you want a reliable SUV,
get the Outlander. Not only it has better reliability, but it also has better warranty and roadside
As for sportiness, the Outlander beats Tribeca in both handling tests by Edmunds.com: Slalom: 63.9-mph
vs. 62.1-mph. Skid pad test: Outlander wins again: 8.0g vs. 7.8g.
“Nothing is better than a Subaru while it rains” - this is very bold statement. Do you have any hard
data to support this statement? Any independent tests or rally results? Mitsubishi on the other hand
does have a great record in extreme weather/road conditions. Last year Mitsubishi won 1st place (7th
year in a row) and 2nd place in 2007 Dakar Rally, while Subaru did not even made the top 10.
#17 of 263 Edmunds testing of these vehicles by
Jun 17, 2007 (7:01 am)
They have an 2007 Outlander as one of their long-term test vehicles. Lots of opinions and comments,
mostly of which are quite positive. A very informative read.
2008 Tribeca, also a good writeup, clearly showing how the '08 has improved upon the '06 – '07 models.
2007 CX-7 being compared with the RAV4 and Santa Fe.
#18 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 VS Tribeca (perhaps) [rsholland]
Jun 17, 2007 (7:39 am)
"One more point. In many ways the Tribeca is more of a competitor for the larger CX9, and not the
smaller CX7. "
Thanks bob and every one else.
I know the CX-9 is more alike to a Tribeca than a CX-7 is.
Thing is I like smaller vehicles and I was thinking in a CX-7 and an outlander, but if I were to pay
a bit more, it would not be for a CX-9 I would go for the subaru. I don't like the idea of having an
expensier car that looks just like it's little brother (Ok I know they are really different, but still
they are similar).
When I drove the outlander I believe i avaraged 25 mph going only once or twice above 50 mph which is
really low to get to know a vehicle, so I'm going to another test drive this week.
At the CX-7, in the other hand, I think I avaraged 35 mph and sped up to 65 or so. I'll also test it
Thanks to all.
#19 of 263 Outlander VS CX-7 by
Jul 03, 2007 (8:27 am)
I was very interested in the Outlander when it first came out. I am looking for a compact SUV and the
Outlander is right sized and looks good on the paper. So I spent a lot of time sitting in it and then
test drove it.
I later had an extended test drive of the CX-7. After that, I wouldn't look back to the Outlander any
more despite its lower price and my frugality.
The CX-7 is not only more powerful, but also much more refined. It rides beter, the seats are more comfortable,
and the finishing is way better. In a word, it has the luxurious feel that puts it a par (or many) above
the Outlander and more than justifies the price difference.
Try them out yourself and see if you agree.
#20 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [xgbt] by
Jul 03, 2007 (10:42 am)
I have. So have tried hundreds of other owners, who posted their ratings on MSN and Edmunds.com. This
is not "on paper" – these are real owners. Outlander wins over CX-7 with a decent gap on both sites:
MSN: 9.5 vs. 9
Edmunds: 9.2 vs. 8.8
In terms of ride, interior and seat comfort neither has advantage. The CX-7 is a good car, but the Outlander
is just so much better. It looks more stylish vs. odd-looking CX-7. Its V6 is smoother; and speaking
of power it can tow more, it has better fuel economy and runs on regular gasoline. Outlander has more
of internal space and it’s equipped better with latest gadgets. Outlander is more reliable (Consumer
Reports 2006), has better warranty and comes with 5y. free roadside assistance.
#21 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by
Jul 03, 2007 (6:16 pm)
"Odd-looking" is in the eye of the beholder... and "to each his own." So, far be it from me to stop
someone from getting an Outlander if they're looking for an ugly vehicle to tow with and can't afford
#22 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [carlitos92] by
Jul 04, 2007 (1:09 pm)
Exterior design is a matter of taste, but the fact is that CX-7 exterior design scores consistently
much lower by its owners on Edmunds.com and MSN.com ratings vs. Outlander. And while CX-7 owners are
not exactly thrilled by Mazda styling, non-owners may consider it odd looking, or even, like you've
As for premium gas, I can afford it, but I don't always buy things, just for the reason of affordability.
This Mazda, just does not deserve the premium gas.
#23 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by
Jul 04, 2007 (1:32 pm)
"but the fact is that CX-7 exterior design scores consistently much lower by its owners on Edmunds.com
and MSN.com vs. Outlander."
Not knowing you, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you understand what you're trying
to say - but I don't. I don't have any sympathy for an idiot who would buy a vehicle and then
rate it low on design - unless that person is Stevie Wonder. Makes you "wonder" if they were
blind when they test-drove the car.
So, yes, there are those with an axe to grind who have rated the CX-7 in the dumps, even in areas where
they should have had full knowledge going in - but generally, CX-7 owners rate "design" in the 9's and
10's, as it should be. I would assume Mitsu owners do the same, which is fine. I don't know of any formal
venue where owners of one car were asked to rate another make on design or anything else. Those who
get the CX-7, get it. Those who don't, don't. Same for the Outlander.
#24 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [carlitos92] by
Jul 04, 2007 (2:57 pm)
At this price range it’s not always easy to get a perfect car, and some trade offs are not unusual.
So, I imagine, for some CX-7 buyers (you call them "idiots") styling could be a secondary factor, and
as a result, an average Mazda owner gives it a good exterior design rating, but still not as high as
Outlander owner rates the Outlander styling.
The Outlander was rated higher overall in other categories as well, so I guess, the Outlander owners
made less trade-offs and less compromises at the time of the purchase. Also, the owner satisfaction
ratings reflect a few hundred miles of real world ownership, not just a test drive impression.
While CX-7 is a great car, on my opinion and based on ratings, the Outlander is just a better balanced
car: sophisticated exterior styling, plenty power, sporty handling, latest gadgets, longest warranty,
good build quality/reliability, fuel economy, quality leather seats, efficient use of interior space,
#25 of 263 Re: Outlander VS CX-7 [chelentano] by
Jul 04, 2007 (7:28 pm)
Respectfully disagree, but that's okay. One man's "sophisticated" is another man's "goofy Asian bling."
For the record, I call them "idiots" not because their choosing process is different than mine (it undoubtedly
is, because styling is never a secondary factor for me), but rather because we all know that the styling
doesn't change over time, whether a few hundred miles, or longer. I suspect the people who rate the
CX-7 poorly in "design" might actually be referring to engineering. Other than the gas cap, I've had
no engineering problems on my car.
Another possibility is that they're unhappy about something else (gas mileage, etc.) and are taking
it out on the CX-7 in all categories as a result. Which is why I look at the Edmund's and MSN buyer
reviews, but wouldn't make a decision too heavily based on them.
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