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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance

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The tall stance of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander doesn't promise a lot of athleticism or grace in tight corners, but that's where this vehicle is surprisingly deft; it handles with the poise of a lower vehicle, and has particularly good steering compared to other vehicles in its class, with nice weighting and actually some feedback from the road. Brakes are excellent, too.

The Outlander Sport comes with either a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a five-speed manual gearbox, with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for all versions. Based on our recent driving experience with the Lancer GTS, as well as other Mitsubishis with a manual transmission, the stick will probably provide more driving satisfaction, but expect acceleration that's responsive enough but not quick.

The majority of buyers will probably go for the CVT, which does the job just fine most of the time, but like many CVT boxes in four-cylinder applications, the setup can get a little sluggish and boomy sometimes, especially when in rapid stop-and-go driving, passing, when accelerating into high-speed traffic, or anything that brings revs around 4,000 rpm or beyond. The steering-wheel paddle-shifters beside the steering wheel let you select simulated gears, but the CVT maintains a loosey-goosey slushbox feel even then.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has excellent steering and handles better than you'd expect for such a tall vehicle, but its powertrain performance is just adequate.

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