What's the used Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 like?
On paper at least, the Mitsubishi Outlander sounds interesting: a 4x4 based on the same platform as the manufacturer's awesome Evo performance car. However, the real thing is a thorough disappointment. The standard automatic gearbox has just four ratios, so you need to work the engine very hard - and then it sounds coarse and strained.
The car's not even that great to drive. Its raised ride height and tall body mean it leans a lot in bends, the firm ride fidgets around town and the steering is too light. Decent refinement at speed is one of the few saving graces.
The cabin is less attractive than many rivals', but at least it's all well laid out and there's decent space inside. However, the small rear doors make getting in and out tricky, and loading larger bags into the boot is awkward because of the narrow opening.