What Is It?
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is heavily refreshed from last year. With a fully revised exterior, the Outlander debuts Mitsubishi's new "Dynamic Shield" design language, which features quite a bit of chrome. It didn't leave the inside alone, either. A new touchscreen infotainment system and new soft-touch materials aim to bring the Outlander up to the standards of a very competitive segment.
Mitsubishi also improved ride and handling by making the body stiffer, retuning the suspension and power steering and adding thicker glass, more sound-dampening and improved weather stripping. Yes, Mitsubishi called out their use of better weather stripping.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander to go on sale later this year.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released, but Mitsubishi said the 2016 Outlander will be "an unmatched value." The current Outlander starts around $24,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2016 Outlander is a seven-seat crossover utility vehicle available in four trims and either front- or all-wheel drive.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder: 166 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque
- 3.0-liter V6: 224 hp, 215 lb-ft of torque
- Continuously variable automatic transmission
- Six-speed automatic (with V6)
- Maximum towing capacity is 1,500 pounds.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Though not special to the 2016 redesign, Mitsubishi offers a very good warranty with five years/60,000 miles of basic coverage and 10 years/100,000 miles on the engine and transmission.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
All Outlander models are equipped with seven airbags, hill start assist, stability control, ABS and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Mazda CX-9: Mazda's CX-9 isn't the newest kid on the block, but it's roomy, stylish and fun to drive.
Nissan Rogue: Like the Outlander, the Nissan isn't the quickest SUV out there, but it is exceptionally comfortable, scoring top marks for the seats especially.
Should You Wait for It?
The current Mitsubishi Outlander received a "C" rating and was considered slow even with the more powerful V6. Certainly this redesign has some dramatic changes, but we're not banking on them moving the Outlander to the top of the category.