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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

Outlander Sport still under the radar … 2018 Mitsubishi Outback Sport

            Mitsubishi continues to fly under the radar among the Japanese car makers in the U.S., with just a few models and those don’t change often.

But the Outlander Sport has been one of its success stories, as it spun off from the larger Outlander SUV a few years back. This is a small ute, or crossover, about a foot shorter in length than Outlander.

It’s handsome, easy to maneuver in a parking lot and an automotive bargain. But it’s no benchmark to be sure.

The body is tidy and looks a bit sportier than many mainline small utes. I tested a pretty metallic red almost top-level SEL with AWD. The later is a bit of a misnomer in that you must engage the 4-wheel-drive system while cars and wagons such as Subarus are AWD all the time. Still, that’s easy because there’s a big button on the console. Press it once and you go from 2WD to 4WD.2018 Mitsubishi Outback Sport

Price though is what sets it apart. You can easily pay $30-35 grand for a decent AWD crossover or small ute, but the SEL model starts at $26,835, including delivery. Even with its pricey Touring Package, a $2,000 option, the test vehicle checked in at just $29,110. That’s a certifiable bargain.

That AWD works fine once engaged, and the Outlander Sport SEL now comes with a bit horsier 2.4-liter I4 engine. This one has 168 horsepower compared with 148 in earlier models and lower cost trim levels. Continue reading 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWD

A killer deal on Craigslist

You never know what you might find

This article caught my attention because I’m getting our 2008 Chrysler Pacifica ready to sell on Craigslist. This is not my first rodeo as I sold our 1994 Dodge Intrepid with no problems a couple of years back. I love looking at the listings, just to see what’s out there like this Lotus Esprit. Read on.

Take a track tour with a GP driver

And not the traditional way

Mark and I love slot car racing because it’s fun and you get to drive smaller versions of race cars you would never have a shot to drive. See my blog entry about it. How’d you like to see how Grand Prix racers see a track? No, not the traditional way where there’s a in-car camera. Here’s a fun video where Daniel Riccairdo takes you on a tour of the Canadian F1 track, the slot car version of it.

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One supercar into production, one coming

It seems like it’s taken forever to get the new Acura NSX into production.

It just started in Honda’s Marysville, OH plant. When it gets to the dealerships, it will be priced at just over $150,000. Want to guess what the first one sold for and who bought it? Read on

Acura NSX
Photo: Honda

On my bucket list

A spin around the track in Nurburgring. Not really picky on what car I’d want to drive but it would have to be freaking fast. The 2017 Chevy Camero ZL1 would be a blast. Want to see it, not with me in it, flexing its 640-Horsepower muscle. Watch.

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Photo: GMAuthority.com

 

 

 

A really eco-friendly car

Ever been stopped by a cop?

wooden car, strange cars, cars made out of wood
Photo: KETV

Of course I have but all for minor stuff like missing a front plate. Just get it fixed and show us, you’ll be on your way the officer told me. But he never thought my car was cool like this one in Nebraska. Wish there were more pictures. I’ll be in the wood shop tomorrow.

Dude, take a chill pill

Angry, party of one, angry party of one…….

rode rage, ford fusion, motorcycle, bad florida drivers, suzuki hayabusaBy Paul Daniel

That best describes the jerk driving the Ford Fusion in this video shot in Florida. Classic case of road rage. A guy on a bike pulls up at a stop light between two cars (guess you can do that in Florida. Not for me though) and the guy in the car on the right got ticked off. OK, it’s easy to say what I’d do after the fact but here’s what I would do. I could easily out run the guy on my Suzuki Hayabusa but that would put me and others in danger. I would have pulled into the nearest gas station and dialed 911. The guy in the Fusion should be charged with attempted vehicular homicide and undergo serious anger management. One things for sure. It would have scared the s……t out of me! Thoughts?