I'm not sure it's the powertrain that lacks refinement (personally, I thought the six had adequate power and was fairly peppy), but the interior itself sure does. Mitsubishi was kind enough to add some soft, leathery touches here and there, but there are still plenty of hard plastic surfaces throughout the cabin. At least things are built rather solidly-the only persistent rattle I heard over bumps was the odd third-row jumpseat in its folded position.
David may want the crossover to handle like a Lancer Evolution, but at least it handles like a Lancer-overall, it feels rather agile, especially compared to other AWD compact crossovers. Sadly, I'm not sure the S-AWC system is calibrated quite right for the extra weight over the rear axle. With the V-6's grunt, it's all too easy to break the front wheels loose, creating a wave of torque steer and sending the traction control into a frenzy.
It may be an interesting package, but at this kind of money, I think Mitsubishi will have a hard time attracting buyers, let alone the Subaru Outback faithful.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer