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Ride Report 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport AWD

Ride Report 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport AWD

Old Dec 16, 19, 7:32 pm
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Ride Report 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport AWD

You will probably be happier taking any other vehicle Hertz offers you over this one. I did not bother taking photos for posting.

"Features" (I am setting the bar really low and defineing a feature as anything not required by the federal government):
- AWD
- A display audio head unit
- Cruise control.
- A/C
- Power windows, locks and mirrors
- I can't think of anything else except perhaps the glovebox. The NHTSA doesn't require glove boxes do they?

The interior was made of cheap plastic. At least it was cheap plastic that did not vibrate and squeak.

The worst part of the vehicle was the absurdly underpowered engine. Acceleration in the standard drive mode was abysmal. The CVT did have a 'sport' mode that appeared to function by keeping the engine in its powerband at all times no matter how inappropriate that was. In sport mode with the cruise set at 60, the engine would turn at 3400 RPM until you shifted out of sport mode.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by gruntermen View Post
You will probably be happier taking any other vehicle Hertz offers you over this one. I did not bother taking photos for posting.

"Features" (I am setting the bar really low and defineing a feature as anything not required by the federal government):
- AWD
- A display audio head unit
- Cruise control.
- A/C
- Power windows, locks and mirrors
- I can't think of anything else except perhaps the glovebox. The NHTSA doesn't require glove boxes do they?

The interior was made of cheap plastic. At least it was cheap plastic that did not vibrate and squeak.

The worst part of the vehicle was the absurdly underpowered engine. Acceleration in the standard drive mode was abysmal. The CVT did have a 'sport' mode that appeared to function by keeping the engine in its powerband at all times no matter how inappropriate that was. In sport mode with the cruise set at 60, the engine would turn at 3400 RPM until you shifted out of sport mode.
I personally hate CVTs and they sound like a dyson vacuum to me... Will not drive one even if my life depended on it... Been seeing lots of rental Outlanders around especially with Avis too. There must have been a fleet deal recently.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by gruntermen View Post
You will probably be happier taking any other vehicle Hertz offers you over this one. I did not bother taking photos for posting.

"Features" (I am setting the bar really low and defineing a feature as anything not required by the federal government):
- AWD
- A display audio head unit
- Cruise control.
- A/C
- Power windows, locks and mirrors
- I can't think of anything else except perhaps the glovebox. The NHTSA doesn't require glove boxes do they?

The interior was made of cheap plastic. At least it was cheap plastic that did not vibrate and squeak.

The worst part of the vehicle was the absurdly underpowered engine. Acceleration in the standard drive mode was abysmal. The CVT did have a 'sport' mode that appeared to function by keeping the engine in its powerband at all times no matter how inappropriate that was. In sport mode with the cruise set at 60, the engine would turn at 3400 RPM until you shifted out of sport mode.
You forgot to mention all the "blanks" in the car, worst being if you have a model with traditional key. I saw one the other day and in place of where the push - to - start button would be was a horrible round blank plate, sitting there to remind you how you could have paid for this option, but you didn't. Too cheap to make two separate dashboards.
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Old Dec 22, 19, 5:35 pm
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Originally Posted by mdbe View Post
I personally hate CVTs and they sound like a dyson vacuum to me... Will not drive one even if my life depended on it... Been seeing lots of rental Outlanders around especially with Avis too. There must have been a fleet deal recently.
A few weeks ago I picked up a well optioned Subaru Outback from the Hertz in STL. I think it had a CVT and it was pretty inoffensive. When placed in sport mode, the CVT in the Outlander was so bad that it was comical.

Originally Posted by isiegel3 View Post
You forgot to mention all the "blanks" in the car, worst being if you have a model with traditional key. I saw one the other day and in place of where the push - to - start button would be was a horrible round blank plate, sitting there to remind you how you could have paid for this option, but you didn't. Too cheap to make two separate dashboards.
I did not look very closely but I am not sure it was a blank plate. I think installing the push to start button might require the use of an x-acto knife.
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