But the Outlander has more spirited performance and sportier handling than the Toyota and Honda, though the ride is firmer and less comfortable on some surfaces.
Compared with the Subaru Forester, which also feels sporty, the driver's seat appears lower to the ground in the Forester, and the Subaru's four-cylinder engine certainly comes across as stronger than the standard four in the Outlander, but the Outlander has it beat with its V-6.
For a few thousand dollars more, the Mazda CX-7 has seating for only five, but it's perceived as a more complete performance package, with very comfortable seating, sporty suspension tuning, and a rorty turbocharged engine.
The Forester and CR-V remain the best for those who are safety-minded; they're both IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2008.
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|2008 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda CX-7Browse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door ES||4-Door Manual X||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Wagon||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|NA||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|