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Auto Review: Mitsubishi fails to impress

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

If memory serves me correctly, Mitsubishi has produced vehicles that are fun to drive. However, the two latest we tested were not my favorites, by far. For some reason, I feel bad giving cars poor reviews. They got me, and my passengers, from A to B safely. Unfortunately, I was left guessing where the value was, compared to other vehicles in the same price range.

2017-Mitsubishi-Outlander-interior-leather-steering-wheel-overlayDashboard of Mitsubishi Outlander (Photo courtesy Mitsubishi)

The Outlander, a 4-door SUV, felt incredibly utilitarian vs. anything comfortable or luxurious. That style appeals to some drivers, not me.

The driver’s seat was never in the right spot for me. I had to keep readjusting every time I drove. The third row seating was so small, my 11-year-old daughter could barely squeeze in the back. My son climbed in the back for grins – he’s about 6 feet tall. His knees were near his eyeballs.

We guessed most of the high price of this SUV was in the stereo system. The Outlander is equipped with a 710W Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system. While music is important to us, it’s not worth a $33,000 price tag for us. Car and Driver gave the Outlander 2 stars.

The dashboard is full of spaces that weren’t used or didn’t make sense as to what they were for. Blank plastic buttons – curious minds want to know. There’s a space to keep your key, but if you’re like me, you have a few keys attached. The key fob is not going to hang out nicely in the fancy key-holder with extras.

The Lancer, a 4-door sedan, while certainly a nice looking car, lost my interest once I got the speed up to 35 mph. The road noise was so much that I was certain I left a rear door partially open. I drove to Spokane and back in the Lancer. The glove box vibrated the entire trip, forcing my friend to stop the insanity with her foot.

Available-Front-2017-Mitsubishi-LancerMitsubishi Lancer (Photo courtesy Mitsubishi)

This model Lancer did not have GPS, which is a feature I tend to expect in a car over $20,000, with few other bells and whistles. I kept trying to raise the seat with the plastic bar on the left of the driver’s seat. I had a couple panic moments thinking I would actually break it if I pulled slightly too hard.

According to my son and web searches, Mitsubishi will stop producing the Lancer after 2017. That might be for the best. Car and Driver gave it 1.5 stars.

If you’re in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle, here’s a link to Consumer Reports’ latest car reliability survey: http://www.consumerreports.org/car-reliability/car-reliability-survey-2016/

2016 Lancer 2.4 SEL AWD, MSRP: From $17,595, As tested: $22,805, Horsepower: 148 to 168 hp, MPG: Up to 27 city / 34 highway

2016 Outlander 2.4 SEL S-AWC, MSRP: From $22,995, As tested: $33,095, MPG: Up to 25 city / 30 highway, Towing capacity: 1,500 to 3,500 lbs

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