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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Its Competition

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The driving position in the Outlander—like in the Subaru Forester—seems a bit lower to the road; thus, the Outlander feel sportier than most small SUVs.

Compared to the Forester, the standard four in the Outlander doesn’t come across nearly as strong as the standard flat-four in the Subaru even though their power figures are close, but the Outlander has it beat with its V-6.

For a few thousand dollars more, the Mazda CX-7 seats 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.

Like the Toyota RAV4, the Outlander offers a small third-row seat that will probably go unused most of the time but is nice to have; like the Honda CR-V, its interior is very spacious.

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.

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Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle—and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
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It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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The 2008 Honda CR-V doesn't have hip style or performance on tap, but it has the security, utility, and frugality that many sensible moms want.
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The 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a good choice for single folks or couples who might not prioritize backseat or cargo space but want sport-sedan performance with a lot more utility.
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The 2008 Toyota RAV4 brings a little more space than most compact SUVs without a mid-size price.
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17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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2WD 4-Door ES4-Door Manual X2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door Wagon4 Door5 Door4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
NAManual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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