2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Hybrid) AWD Crossover

The Mitsubishi was driven to Pirate Radio for an analysis by the DJ’s, George “Elvis” Gray and Matt “the Big Kahuna” Arguello:

Pearl White metallic paint with Black leather diamond quilted seating for 5 (2 heated) – Weighs 3,582 lbs. –  184.8” long/105.1” wheelbase – 30.4 cubic ft. of cargo space behind rear rear split fold-down seat – 18” two tone alloy spoke wheels and 225/55R18 all season tires – Pushbutton start, heated steering wheel and tilting/sliding moon roof – LED daytime running lights and headlights plus 8” infotainment screen and navigation system – Multi-view camera system, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, XM/AM/FM Mitsubishi premium sound system – Backup camera, radar cruise control, tilt wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android auto capability, lane tracking assist, forward collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning – 2.0 liter, 117 horsepower hybrid four cylinder engine with one speed automatic transmission, paddle shifters, and all wheel drive – $43,600.00  list price           Built in Okazaki, Japan – 74 mpg combined city/highway mileage – 25 combined mpg without battery power – 11.3 gallon tank and 357 miles of range 


2019 Mitsubishi AWD Eclipse Cross SE 1.5T

The Mitsubishi was driven to Pirate Radio for an analysis by the DJ’s, George “Elvis” Gray and Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello:


Tarmac Black metallic clear coat paint – Heated and ventilated gray cloth buckets – seats 5 – Weighs 3,496 lbs. – 105.1” wheelbase – 173.4” long – 1.5 liter turbo four power plant, 152 horsepower, 184 ft. lb. torque – 225/55r18 all season tires with 5 spoke two-tone alloy wheels – Premium 6 speaker stereo w/ satellite radio – Blindspot monitor, lane change assist and cruise control – 7” infotainment display, 22.6 cubic ft. cargo/48.9 w/folded seat – Continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – Zero to 60 in 8.6 seconds – $28,015.00 Window Sticker – 26 MPG on the highway – 25 MPG city – 25 MPG combined.  15.8 gallon tank – regular unleaded fuel – 411 mi. range – Made in Okazaki, Japan

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL

For a review of the Outlander Sport by Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray (as well as myself), listen to Radio Station 104.7 FM, The Pirate:

All wheel drive system (called All Wheel Control) – Alloy Silver metallic paint  Premium black leather trim – 5 passenger – 172” long like a Toyota CH-R  Heated front bucket seats – Weighs 3,142 lbs. – Backup camera, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and auto high beam – Glass panoramic roof – XM/AM/FM Rockford Fosgate stereo with CD player and 9 speakers  – 7” touchscreen – 2.4 liter Four with 168 horsepower (167 lb.ft. of torque) – Zero to 60 in 8.5 seconds – CVT automatic transmission – 18”  fifteen spoke alloy wheels / 225/55R18 all season radials – $29,110.00  list price        Built in Okazaki, Japan    25 MPG combined mpg, 23 city and 28 highway – 16.6 gallon tank


2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 SEL AWD 4-Door SUV

To listen to a discussion of the Mitsubishi Outlander, as recorded at the Pirate Radio studios, initiate the MP3 below and hear what Matt Arguello and George Gray have to say about the vehicle:

All Wheel Drive – Rally Red metallic paint/Beige leather interior – 7” touchscreen with navigation – 7 passenger – 185” long like a Subaru Forester or Chevy Equinox Heated front bucket seats and steering wheel – Weighs 3,373 lbs. – Sunroof, radar cruise control and all-around view camera – XM radio/premium 710-watt Rockford Fosgate 9 speaker stereo – 2.4 liter 4 cylinder with 166 horsepower (162 lb.ft. of torque) – Zero to 60 in 9.3 seconds   Continuously variable automatic transmission – 18”  two-toned alloy wheels/225/55R18 all-season radials – $32,060.00  list price – 26 MPG combined mpg, 24 city mpg and 29 highway mpg – 16.6 gallon tank – Final assembly point, Okazaki, Japan

“Respect” 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 4WD

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Aretha Franklin knocked it out of the park with her hit song that was recorded 46 years ago this past week in New York City.  Otis Redding wrote “Respect” from the perspective of a desperate man, but Aretha turned the ballad into that of a strong, confident woman that knows that she provides what her man wants.  She modified the lyrics somewhat with the addition of the R-E-S-P-E-C-T spelling, as well as the “sock it to me” refrain by backup singers near the end of the song.  It is number five on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, and it earned Franklin two Grammy awards in 1968.

Mitsubishi Motors is attempting to earn a little respect in the U. S. automobile market with cars such as the one I tested last week, a Rally Red Outlander Sport SE four-wheel drive compact crossover.  The Tokyo-based manufacturer has existed since 1917 and is the sixteenth largest in the world.  It has weaved in and out of ownership arrangements with several suitors such as Daimler, Volvo, Chrysler and several Chinese firms.  But U.S. sales peaked about ten years ago, and Mitsubishi is relying on acceptance of vehicles such as the Outlander Sport to maintain a foothold in this country.

I actually liked the car pretty well, and was not too shocked to step into it after just concluding a test of a $64,000 luxury crossover.  Its M.S.R.P. was $28,570, including freight ($825), a premium package ($2,050), and a navigation system ($2,000).  Positives included the styling, nimble handling, and comfortable black cloth bucket seats.  The premium items were a panoramic glass roof with LED mood lighting, roof rails, backup camera, and Rockford-Fosgate 9-speaker stereo with a ten inch subwoofer located in the rear.  Of course it had power locks/windows/mirrors, heated seats, satellite radio, tilt/telescope, cruise, and auto climate control.  It had seating for five and 21.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seat.  A proximity key arrangement, pushbutton start, and console-mounted emergency brake were items that pleased me, as usual.

Powering the Outlander is a 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter, 148 horsepower DOHC engine rated at 24 mpg-city and 29 mpg-highway (15.8 gallon tank).  Behind it is a continuously variable gearless transmission that has paddle shifters on the steering column for sport motoring.  The car is not overly powerful, but the paddles saved the day.  Four-wheel drive is selected on the fly with a console-mounted button.

I mentioned the styling, which was enhanced with 18” bright alloy, eight-spoke wheels, a bold grill arrangement, a spoiler, and deep-tint rear windows.  At the rear was a chrome exhaust finisher and dual fog lights were attractively arranged on the front of the car.

Mitsubishi has managed to put together a vehicle worthy of respect with their Outlander Sport SE.  The car didn’t “sock it to me” in any way, but I did like it, would own one, and had a pleasurable week driving it around.