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Vehicle Overview:

In the competitive landscape of the automotive industry, continuous improvement is the key to success. The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander epitomizes this philosophy by undergoing a refresh that enhances its appeal in various aspects.

One of the most noticeable changes is the redesigned front end, drawing inspiration from the Lancer Evolution X. This new design gives the Outlander a bold and aggressive appearance, setting it apart from the crowd of similar-looking crossover SUVs. Inside the cabin, refinements have been made to create a more upscale ambiance. Models like the XLS and GT receive new chrome trim, an updated gauge cluster, and soft-touch materials with stitched accents on the dash and door panels. Additionally, the introduction of the Fuse hands-free link system adds a high-tech touch, allowing for seamless integration of audio and cell phone functions through voice commands.

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Under the hood, the Outlander's V6 engine has been updated for a 10-horsepower boost without compromising fuel efficiency. The GT trim also benefits from an upgraded all-wheel-drive system with a new front differential, enhancing traction control by varying torque distribution between the front wheels.

While the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander faces stiff competition from other models like the Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester, it holds its own with a combination of sporty handling, versatile features, and cutting-edge technology. Steering and handling are more engaging than typical crossover SUVs, and the Outlander offers a flexible flip-down tailgate, optional third-row seating, and advanced AWD and Fuse systems.

Performance & Fuel Efficiency:

The Outlander comes with two engine options: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 168 horsepower and a 3.0-liter V6 generating 230 horsepower. Four-cylinder models come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while V6 models feature a traditional six-speed automatic transmission. All trims offer the choice between front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with the AWD system providing selectable modes for various driving conditions. This and other information in Service Manual Mitsubishi Outlander

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Fuel economy ratings vary depending on the engine and drivetrain configuration, with the four-cylinder model achieving up to 24 mpg combined and the V6 model delivering up to 21 mpg combined.

Safety:

The Outlander comes equipped with standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and whiplash-reducing front head restraints. In crash tests conducted by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and government agencies, the Outlander received top ratings for frontal and side-impact protection.

Driving Experience:

Behind the wheel, the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander offers a rewarding driving experience. The steering is responsive, and the chassis is finely tuned for agile handling. The all-wheel-drive system provides stability on various surfaces, while the V6 engine delivers brisk acceleration and smooth shifting from the automatic transmission. Overall, the Outlander strikes a balance between sporty performance and comfortable ride quality.

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