2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC review notes12/12/2014
SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR NATALIE NEFF: “A Mitsubishi. It’s a really good color.” That was the most I could muster as I walked into the house, my husband wondering about what I’d just parked in the driveway. “An Endeavor?” he asked, looking out the back window toward the garage. “No, an Outlander.”
Mitsubishi has a problem when neither half of a two-car-writer household recognizes its vehicles -- or even realizes that it’s been three years since a particular model went out of production. I think I’ve said this before, but honestly, most days I forget that Mitsubishi even makes cars. “What about the Evolution?” you say. Good question. At least for me, the Evo feels more like a standalone than a member of a wider Mitsu family of automobiles.
On the website, Mitsubishi declares the Outlander “award-winning,” but digging further, the accolade cited by Mitsubishi is one of the “10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles” as dubbed by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. But let’s be real, it’s hardly what I’d call a bona fide award; rather, it’s more a statement, along the lines of, “Chevrolet Cruze Is One Of America’s 4-Door Sedans.”
Electrifying driving with the 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ and Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES10/14/2014
In the Race Organizer Review series, your Race Organizer travels the country with the 24 Hours of LeMons Traveling Circus in my role as Chief Justice of the LeMons Supreme Court, putting various new vehicles through the real-world punishments meted out by the itinerant race organizer's lifestyle. In recent months, we've seen the Chevy Sonic RS in Illinois, the Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport in Utah, and the Chrysler 300 SRT in New Jersey. This time, though, your Race Organizer decided to eschew internal combustion entirely for a pair of California trips, opting for cars at opposite ends of the EV price spectrum: the Mitsubishi i-MiEV ES and the Tesla Model S P85+.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE review notes08/08/2014
SENIOR ROAD TEST EDITOR NATALIE NEFF: I have to admit, I can go for long stretches where I never once think of Mitsubishi Motors, and when I do, it may take me a second to not confuse it with Suzuki, which doesn’t even exist anymore (at least as a maker of vehicles that find their way Stateside). Were an occasion to arise where someone dropped the word “Mitsubishi” into casual conversation, I might even picture a television set before I think of something with four wheels, which is doubly odd given 1.) I’m not sure Mitsu even MAKES televisions anymore; and 2.) I’ve been writing about cars for nigh on 19 years now, so EVERYTHING reminds me of something on four wheels.
That said, this little 2014 Outlander Sport SE surprised me, and not in a bad way. Just looking over the brief specs, you wouldn’t be faulted for guessing this little ute tends towards the, ahem, not-so-fast side of the automotive spectrum, given its whopping 148 hp and CVT. It definitely is not in a hurry to get anywhere very quickly. Still, it’s a comfortable vehicle, and I found the simplicity of the interior design and layout so refreshing. Some of the materials could be of better quality, but practically speaking, I couldn’t fault it for much. Installing my rear-facing car seat in the back was a cinch; the flat seat bottoms were a great help to that end. It rides and handles decently enough, but where all of this came together to form an acceptable proposition to me was the sticker. I feel like the Outlander Sport SE offers a rare value at under $25,000 (under $20K for base models). Throw in a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a top safety rating and styling that doesn’t scream “I settled!” and it might be worth a look fo