Mitsubishi's Outstanding Outlander
The Good: Quickness; safety; available seven-passenger seating; Consumer Reports recommendation
The Bad: Cabin noise on the highway; limited luggage space with third-row seats up
The Bottom Line: A strong rival to the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V
If you're thinking of downsizing from a big SUV to a smaller one, there are now so many choices on the market it's difficult to list them all, let alone choose one. But don't overlook Mitsubishi Motors' (MMTOF.PK) new Outlander, which hit the market last year as a totally redesigned 2007 model. It's a quick, relatively sporty crossover vehicle with available four-wheel drive and a rudimentary third-row seat that gives it excellent carpooling potential. For 2008 Mitsubishi has added an inexpensive entry-level model with better fuel efficiency than the 2007 model.
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