2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

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$20,580-$25,980
$19,610-$24,492
19 CITY / 24 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2009:
  • Three-row seating now available on 4-cylinder SE model
  • Optional navigation system gains capacity and adds rearview camera
  • XLS model adopts interior upgrades from SE
  • LS V-6 models dropped
  • Convenience package now standard on ES 4WD model
  • XLS models gain additional chrome trim
  • Stability control and anti-lock braking (ABS) continue as standard equipment
  • ES, SE and XLS models offered, with 5- or 7-passenger seating and front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (FWD or 4WD)
Overview
Introduced in 2002 and restyled for 2007, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover utility vehicle. With seating for 5 or 7 passengers and based on a performance-engineered platform that also serves as the underpinning for the Mitsubishi Lancer sedan, Outlander has numerous standard and optional features to entice prospective buyers. Mitsubishi made a 4-cylinder engine available in the 2008 model year, joining the original versions, which featured a V-6 engine. Apart from various equipment changes, the Outlander is largely a carryover for the 2009 model year. Among other improvements, the available navigation system now has 40-gigabyte capacity (up from 30 GB).

Model Lineup
The 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in ES, SE and XLS trim levels. A 4-cylinder engine powers the ES and SE editions, working with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The XLS model holds a 220-hp V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Each Outlander is available with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD). Outlander ES includes 16-inch wheels; air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; stability control; 4-wheel ABS; and a 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio system. The ES 4WD model adds 16-inch alloy wheels; roof rails; rear privacy glass; heated mirrors; steering-wheel audio controls; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SE trim adds 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels; fog lights; a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system; chrome-accented door handles and side sills; steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; sport fabric seats with leather bolsters; and remote keyless entry. In addition to the V-6 engine, XLS models include automatic climate control, a 6-CD/MP3 in-dash changer, underfloor-stowable compact third-row seating, and hands-free Bluetooth cell phone interface. The third-row seat package is an option for the 4-cylinder SE model.

Three option packages are available for Outlander XLS models: Luxury (auto-leveling Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power driver's seat, and new rain-sensing wipers with flat-type aero blades); Navigation (7-inch LCD touch screen, Diamond Lane guidance system, and single CD/DVD video playback); and Sun & Sound (650-watt audio system, power sunroof, power outlet, and 6 months free Sirius satellite radio programming).

Stand-alone options and accessories on the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander include a 6-disc CD changer; fog light kit; navigation system; rear-seat entertainment system; trailer hitch; and wheel locks.

Powertrain
Outlander ES and SE models use a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In the Outlander XLS a 3.0-liter, single-overhead cam (SOHC) V-6 engine generates 220 hp (213 in California) at 6250 rpm and 204 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Power is transferred through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are included with XLS models. All Outlanders come with FWD or 4WD. Stability control, traction control and ABS are standard. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder Outlander with either 2WD or 4WD; 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the V-6 engine with 2WD; and 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 4WD V-6 model.

Safety
The 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander's safety features include advanced dual-stage front air bags for driver and right front passenger; side-impact and roll-sensing curtain air bags; 3-point safety belts and height-adjustable front shoulder belts with pre-tensioners; active front headrests; stability control; ABS; multi-mode 4WD (in 4WD models); tire-pressure-monitoring system; security alarm system and anti-theft engine immobilizer; and daytime running lights. Outlander features the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats, and child-safety rear door locks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Mitsubishi Outlander has earned 5-star ratings all around in frontal and side-impact crash tests, while the compact utility receives a 4-star (out of a possible 5 stars) rollover rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given Outlander a \"Good\" rating in its frontal offset crash test. The Institute has named Outlander a \"Top Safety Pick,\" giving it top ratings in all three elements of crashworthiness along with offering electronic stability control.

Technology
Mitsubishi's underfloor-stowable third-row seat (standard in XLS and available for SE) folds flat into the floor. Outlander features what Mitsubishi calls the only flap-fold tailage in this segment, serving as a seat when lowered. Outlander ES models include a standard 140-watt CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers and auxiliary input jack. Optional and available with the Sun & Sound package on XLS only is a 650-watt, 9-speaker (including enclosed 10-inch rear subwoofer) Rockford Fosgate audio system that features digital signal processing. A power glass sunroof, 115-volt power outlet and 6-month paid subscription to Sirius satellite radio are included in the package. A 6-CD/MP3 in-dash changer is also available on XLS. The 40-gigabyte navigation and multi-communication system with digital music server in the optional navigation package includes a 7-inch LCD touch-screen panel, points-of-interest locator, customizable settings, Diamond Lane guidance system (which can include high-occupancy-vehicle lane information), maintenance recorder, and single CD/DVD video playback. For 2009, the navigation system adds a rearview camera for backing-up guidance.
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