2004 Mitsubishi Outlander Review
Stronger engine strengthens the appeal.
The 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander gets a new engine and transmission that give it a needed boost in performance. The 2004 Outlander offers more spirited acceleration than the 2003 model. Outlander is smooth and quiet, and feels rock steady at highway speeds.
Similar in size and character to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Outlander has four doors and a roomy cargo area that's easily accessible. Like other small crossover sport-utilities, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers elevated seating for better visibility.
Outldander is neither tall nor tippy and its compact size helps it negotiate the often-hostile asphalt jungle. All-wheel drive is an option when the pavement disappears beneath snow and ice or dissolves into a dusty, rocky trail.
Taut and toned, the Mitsubishi styling is bolder and more aggressive than the Honda, Toyota, or the similar-sized Subaru Forester. Aggressive pricing makes the Outlander an attractive alternative.
Mitsubishi Outlander is available in two models: LS and XLS. Each is available with front-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).
Outlander LS ($18,397) and LS AWD ($20,197) are not a stripped-down trim levels. LS models come standard with air conditioning; cruise control; power windows and locks; power folding rearview mirrors; a height-adjustable steering wheel; height-adjustable driver's seat; a 140-watt, four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system; analog clock; center console with storage; two 12-volt accessory outlets; 60/40 split, folding and reclining back seat; intermittent windshield and rear window wipers, and 16-inch steel wheels. A cargo cover, floor mats, keyless entry, and roof rails come standard on the AWD model and are optional on the 2WD model. An Appearance Package ($500) adds privacy glass and alloy wheels.
Outlander XLS 2WD ($20,197) and XLS AWD ($22,297) add a rear spoiler, premium cloth seat fabric, a 140-watt audio system with six speakers, whiteface gauges and clock, see-through headrests, and alloy wheels. Options for the XLS include a sun and sound package with an Infinity audio system and sunroof and a luxury package with an auto-dimming mirror with compass and temperature readouts, heated outside mirrors and heated leather seats and side airbags.
Safety equipment includes three-point seatbelts for all five seating positions and child safety seat anchors. Side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger and anti-lock brakes are optional equipment on the XLS model. Front air bags are standard.
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