BY H. THROTTLE
This was my first introduction to a Japanese manufactured Mitsubishi vehicle. The ruby black pearl paint and SUV styling are comparable to many of the modern-day utility vehicle designs.
My initial reaction to this vehicle was that it was different inside the cabin; it felt compact with many controls and buttons to figure out for the driving experience. It made me think of the highly efficient Japanese Zero airplanes that were so dominant during the Pacific World War II conflicts. The Japanese planes were fast and deadly in fierce battles. The Japanese have been leaders in the electronics industry since the war and have become strong allies of the U.S. and major trading partners.
My drive in the Outlander was cautioning, figuring out the controls and in this particular model, a Hybrid with a 2.0L gasoline engine linked to two-electric motors capable of operating the vehicle for short distances just on Lithium battery power that the car could recharge from the drive or from a plugin charging system. During the drive, the one-speed transmission could be shifted to battery power with an easy movement of the drive train control.
The majority of the test drive was performed with the gasoline 2.0L engine that was very powerful and efficient, producing 28 mpg on gasoline alone. The electrical units ran upward to 74 mpg for a 30 miles range. For short term commuters, this would mean never having to purchase gas on a daily short commute. The vehicle has a fast time charge capability from a residence.
A dynamic warranty for the power train hybrid battery system of 10-years and 100,000 miles. That is an awesome warranty on the extensive hybrid system that works very efficiently in combination with the powerful four-cylinder engine. During longer trips, the vehicle can recharge itself from the gasoline-powered engine. Dashboard controls show the gasoline fuel and electric power levels.
The vehicle engineers have created a smart vehicle with all major safety equipment, including the new Car Play that allows smartphones to play calls over the radio to avoid device hand-held conversations.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price on this Outlander model is $42,920 complete with all the options as standard equipment included is refreshing for consumers.
As the week’s driving experience continued, I grew to really like this vehicle and became accustomed to the controls and the one forward speed that worked quite well.
Well-engineered, fully equipped, quality workmanship, this is a vehicle that will work well for the billfold and purse and family budget as gasoline prices are now edging higher.
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