The Mitsubishi Outlander debuted in 2003. When it did, it was only offered with a 140-hp, 2.4-liter inline-4 engine connected to a 4-speed automatic transmission. From 2004 to 2006, the Outlander got a 160-hp version that made it a bit livelier. Both engine versions feel adequate for around-town driving but its performance can be somewhat overwhelmed with a full load or on the highway. In 2005, a new 5-Speed manual transmission was introduced, but not many models were equipped with it. In general, this generation of Outlander models was not remarkable to drive. However, it did have a rather soft ride, decent but uninspiring handling, and well-appointed but somewhat inexpensive-feeling interiors. Safety features were also rather scarce, with standard ABS and side airbags on the top XLS until 2006. Electronic stability control was not available at the time. Mitsubishi refreshed the Outlander design for the 2007 model year; it used the new Lancer platform as the basis for its crossover. It was initially offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder producing 168 hp and coupled to a CVT or a 3.0-liter V-6 pounding 220 hp and mated with a 6-speed automatic. It continued to offer a choice of FWD or AWD. In this revamped generation, the Outlander was a bit larger and offered a small third-row seat. Overall, this generation of Outlander looks and feels substantially more upscale and sporty. The Lancer's sporty driving character permeates and finally carries over. The V-6 models weren't as fast as expected because with a significant increase in weight, the 4-cylinder was overwhelmed. It even sounded more coarse and boomy than in the previous generation partially due to the CVT keeping the engine at one speed for extended periods of time. This also had an impact on mileage number estimates. In 2010, Mitsubishi added a GT model. It combined the V-6 with the S-AWC AWD system from the Lancer Ralliart and Evo models. It included different Snow, Tarmac, and Lock modes for increased control. The suspension was also tweaked to improve performance all around. Mitsubishi had announced that it would make the Outlander name into a sub-brand. Very much like what Subaru did with the Outback line. It was in 2011 that Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander Sport: a smaller, more car-like and fuel-efficient model with some of the same styling and aesthetic cues.