Adding four-wheel drive capability provides more assurance in slick road conditions, but even though the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4WD comes with 8.5 inches of ground clearance, skid...
Adding four-wheel drive capability provides more assurance in slick road conditions, but even though the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES 4WD comes with 8.5 inches of ground clearance, skid plates, and a limited-slip center differential, it lacks low-range gearing and cannot be taken off-roading. With its 16-inch wheels and all-season tires, 4-wheel ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and traction and stability control, the compact crossover SUV handles confidently. Other safety features include dual front-side and side curtain airbags, passenger airbag deactivation, daytime running lights, and a tire monitor. Foglights cost extra.
A 2.4-liter, 168-hp DOHC inline four sits under the hood, matched with a CVT transmission for a seamless shifting feel. Fuel economy averages around 23/30 mpg. Full power features, remote entry, cruise control, a CD player with MP3 jack, intermittent front and rear wipers, front power outlets, a trip computer, and tachometer and temperature display are all standard on this base trim.
The cargo area has tie-downs and can be outfitted with a cargo cover. It holds 73 cubic feet with all seats folded down, including the front passenger seat. The 2008 Outlander ES 4WD comes with two rows, but a third-row jumpseat is available, boosting passenger capacity to seven. The second row split-folds 60/40, reclines, and features a fold-down armrest/storage console. Available options include satellite radio, a 6-CD changer, a navigation system, hard disk drive, towing package (up to 2,000 pounds), and Bluetooth.