I'm on board with many of the comments previously mentioned, chiefly that Outlander GT's all-wheel drive is excellent, and the engine is not so excellent. While not slow, the V-6 feels disconcertingly taxed and sounds unreasonably strained when revved high. However, the composure of the Outlander and high speeds and in turns just might outweigh the lack of refinement.
As Mike notes, Mitsubishi claims they're aiming for the Subaru Outback, but by my book the Outlander is a unique entry that doesn't need comparison. Its steering and handling capabilities are far above those of the Outback. That, to me, vaunts it well ahead of the soggy Subaru. The Outlander is also $1000 cheaper than an Outback Limited. Sure the interior isn't as nice to touch, but it's fine to look at.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor