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#36 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [chelentano]
Jul 08, 2009 (1:30 am)
May I ask you to confirm the launch date of the new Outlander with the new nose and the S-AWD system? Edmunds.com says that this new Outlander will be in the USA for sale next year. However a Mitsubishi dealer in California told me that he could get me the new Outlander in October/November this year. Who are right, Edmunds or you and the dealer? I have already sold my previous 2008 Outlander to my son, so now I am in the market to buy a new AWD vehicle.
#37 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [fushigi]
Jul 08, 2009 (4:14 am)
A quick update on my last post: My wife didn't care for the revised looks of the new Outlander so if we go that route it'll be an '09 and not a '10. I'm mildly disappointed as I'd like the '10's improvements but can live with the '09. I do prefer the '09's style but could have easily lived with the '10's looks as well.
We drive the Santa Fe yesterday and it was fine. Not inspiring but fine. I'd actually like to see the Hyundai 3.3V6 in the Outlander; it did have a better off-the-line response (obviously more low-end torque). But beyond that the drive was boring. The suspension was OK but the Outie seemed to handle poor road surfaces better. The interior was clean but bland. For some reason the cupholders were more noticeable than I would care for. Feature-wise, it looked like the SF has more cargo area but the Outlander uses it better; i.e. fold-flat seats and the split hatch for long, flat items. SF 2nd row seats recline but do not move fore/aft. The Outlander also has more gadgets and the killer RF stereo.
Also, a quick kudos to the Hyundai dealer for, like the Mitsu dealer, being no-pressure and reasonable to work with. The sales guy had us drive their test pattern v. just letting me go where I wanted (which the Mitsu guy did) but that's the only deterrent. And Hyundai doesn't print brochures anymore which, while I can applaud the effort for eco reasons, I'd rather have it to use while comparing models.
In the end I'm rating the Outlander an 85 of 100 and the SF a 72. The Outlander is our current benchmark against which we'll put any other vehicles we test drive.
#38 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [batman47]
Jul 08, 2009 (4:00 pm)
Sorry, my date is just a prediction/guess based on previous year, but your dealer's date sounds right.
#39 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [fushigi]
Jul 08, 2009 (4:42 pm)
Yes, Santa Fe's engine is little more powerful, but the SF is little heavier too, therefor it's not quicker since power-to-weight ratio is probably a wash. But were Outie wins in driving department is smoother 6-speed tranny (with Idle Neutral Logic and paddle shifter toy), exciting sharp handling, better 3-mode AWD (even further improved S-AWC in 2010 model), 19-inch OZ Racing wheels and large Brembo brakes. Santa Fe can't beat that.
Also the Outlander has much better reliability rating according CR:
#40 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [fushigi]
Jul 09, 2009 (5:56 pm)
You're impression of the Santa Fe is similar to mine. A competent, but uninspiring vehicle. My sister in law has a Santa Fe Limited, and it is nice, but I still prefer my Outlander. One thing the Hyundai dealer by me did, is find only top-of-the-line vehicles to test drive. We were looking for a small sedan last year, and drove base 4 cyl. Accord, Galant, and Fusion. All the Hyundai dealer had to drive was a loaded Limited V6. It fooled my wife, she thought it was much nicer. "Yeah, but." kinda apples to oranges.
I'm kinda warming to the new front end on the Outlander, but I'm keeping my '07 for a long time.
#41 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [chelentano]
Aug 10, 2009 (10:26 am)
Will all the Outlander trims (e.g. SE, XLS, etc) have the new nose or just the 2010 Outlander GT?
#42 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [batman47]
Aug 10, 2009 (1:49 pm)
Can't say for sure but I'd imagine all Outlanders will get the new schnoz. It's rare for a manufacturer to offer a model with significantly different noses. Generally all you see are things like grill color (black/chrome) and fog light treatments.
BTW based on the pictures my wife doesn't care for the revised look. But I'm holding out for it anyway. More for the powertrain improvements than anything else. And because CARS has temporarily driven prices up and me out of the market as my Galant is not a clunker.
#43 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [fushigi]
Aug 15, 2009 (10:55 am)
Dealers are collecting deposit to order the new 2010 Outlander GT. I sent a $1000 to a dealer who promised me to get the car in November this year.
#44 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [batman47]
Aug 15, 2009 (12:56 pm)
Wow, what kind of configuration/pricing have you ordered?
What does the dealer say weather all Outlanders will have new nose, or just GT?
#45 of 341 Re: 2010 Outlander nose [chelentano]
Aug 17, 2009 (3:55 am)
He said that all the Outlander trim will have the new nose, i.e. ES, SE, XLS and the GT.
I asked the 2010 Outlander GT with the 3-main packages i.e. Navigation, Luxury, and the Sun & Sound. I have also requested the Protection accessory package.
You may approach your local Mitsubishi dealer to ask for one. As far as I know dealers in the US had until 17th August to order the new 2010 Outlander.
I think dealers don't want to talk about the 2010 Outlander because they have in stock a considerable number of 2009 Outlander. The dealer I am talking about just sold all the 2009 Outlander and he will not order anyone moren 2009 Outlanders.