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by Al Vinikour
Mitsubishi is celebrating
its 25th anniversary of selling cars in the
U. S. by unveiling the second-generation Outlander
compact SUV, and the competition should take notice. Compact in name only, the
2007 Outlander is longer, taller, and wider than the model it replaces. A wider
track helps increase hip room. And despite a minimum ground clearance of 8.5
inches, step-in is easy and car-like.
In other words, this new
Outlander’s a much stiffer competitor for the RAV4, the CR-V, and the Escape.
And with its newly acquired third-row seat, the Outlander puts a foot in the
world of true mid-sized utes like the Honda Pilot.
The new Outlander retains the
nimbleness, sporty design and fuel economy associated with the smaller size,
though. Granted, you are not going to
drive around long-legged supermodels in the third-row seat but you can hold
small kids captive. (But if you are toting supermodels…hey, where’s our
drove the ’07 Outlander on the twisty, hilly roads and freeways north of
an area where I’d like to have the Dramamine concession. This time the queasies
stayed at the hotel: the Outlander performed seamlessly thanks to fine
suspension tuning and a new six-speed Sportronic
transmission coupled to a 3.0-liter, single overhead cam V-6.