Since its recent arrival, our Rally Red Outlander has already racked up almost 4000 miles and served tours of duty as a support vehicle for our photo and video teams. And thanks to El Niño, there might even be an opportunity to test out the S-AWC's Snow mode. As to how well it will perform the more mundane duties of a compact CUV, we have a year to find out.

Our Vehicle
Base price $30,015
Price as tested $33,015
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 3.0L/230-hp/215-lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight (dist f/r) 3842 lb (55/45%)
Wheelbase 105.1 in
Length x width x height 183.7 x 70.9 x 66.1 in
0-60 mph 7.1 sec
Quarter mile 15.5 sec @ 89.1 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 126 ft
Lateral accel 0.76 g (avg)
MT figure eight 28.0 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy econ 18/24 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.96 lb/mile
Total mileage 4251 miles
Average fuel economy 20.5 mpg