2016 Mitsubishi Outlander - Miami, FL

Similar to many crossover utility vehicles (like the competing Subaru Outback and, ironically, the Mitsubishi Highlander), the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander combines the best attributes of a sports utility vehicle with those of a typical passenger vehicle. Sure the car is big and durable, but it shouldn't be mixed up with an off-roading behemoth like Jeep. It's fast and powerful, but the Outlander will also never been confused with a supercar. Ultimately, it's the best of both worlds.

At an "unmatched" starting price of $24,000 (compared to the more than $27,000 MSRP value of the 2015 version), which includes a five year/60,000 mile basic or 10 year/100,000 powertrain warrantee, this vehicle may truly be what you've been searching for.

Before you go out and shop for your new CUV at Miami Lakes Automall, take a look at why you should consider the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander…

 

There are Over 100 Improvements

Big car brands gush about their "improved" and "updated" vehicles, claiming that "this year's" model has advanced considerably from "last year's." Usually, this means one significant change and a handful of minor, unnoticeable edits.

With the 2016 Outlander, the improvements are actually tangible, as Mitsubishi advertises more than "100 changes" to their new car (based on the brand's website, there are 102 total alternations).

What do these changes include? Well, where do we start...

Perhaps the biggest improvement is the company's new "Dynamic Shield" design language. The company has redone the front design, proving "unique protection for both the people and car." What do the changes specifically entail? A lot of chrome basically, making for a safer and more stylish ride.

Ignoring the improvements to the engine, the CUV has undergone additional exterior and interior changes. This includes "new dynamic front suspension and rear differential dampers," a "new generation CVT" (which is Mitsubishi's innovative technology that synchronizes the vehicle's driving force with the driving situation), new LED daytime running lights, a redesigned steering wheel, waterproof door film, an auto-dimming rearview mirror… the list goes on and on (and on and on).

The company has also made drastic changes to the cabin noise, a general complaint of many CUV owners. The new Outlander features additional sound insulation (specifically in the doors, wheel wells, and side mirrors), an acoustic windshield glass, and an updated air cleaner rubber gasket, with the intention to reduce noise, vibration and harshness.

There's a Priority on Safety

While cabin noise reduction was certainly a priority, so was the passenger's safety. This prompted the inclusion of the company's R.I. S.E. Body Construction, or their "reinforced impact safety evolution." This reduces the impact during an accident, as the Outlander will absorb a portion of the energy from the collision. The forward-collision mitigation serves as a type of radar in case of an accident, additionally helping to reduce the severity of a collision. The system can even apply the brakes if it senses that a crash is imminent.

That's not all for the safety features. The vehicle has the active stability control, which monitors the performance of each tire. If one tire begins to falter, the system will alter it's brake strategy and apply those brakes to the tires with the most traction. Finally, the CUV has included seven airbags. This includes the six standard devices, and the new knee airbag, which was created to stabilize the driver's lower body and knees during accidents.

Among the returning features are the lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise (available on SEL and GT models), hill start assistance, stability control, ABS… the vehicle clearly doesn't lack when it comes to features.

There's an Impressive Engine

The Outlander has a top-of-the-line drivetrain based on the inclusion of the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine, capably of producing 166 horsepower and 162 ft-lbs of torque. If you're looking for more power, you could go with the ST S-AWC trim, featuring a 3.0-liter MIVEC V6 engine capable of producing 224 horsepower and 215 lbs-ft of torque. 

There's also the continuously variable automatic transmission, which has a six-speed automatic variation offered with the V6 engine.

That power makes for a great cross country vehicle, and that's only confirmed with the Outlander's max towing capacity (1,500 lbs).

It Has the Most Advanced Technology

I'm not saying that you should ever be distracted while driving, but the Outlander gives you plenty to do when you're stuck in traffic. The 6.1-inch Touch Panel allows the driver to control their car's stereo quicker and more efficiently. This music can be heard out of the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, which can pump 710 watts through nine speakers.

The seven-inch HD touchscreen navigator assures that you'll never got lost, and the Diamond lane Guidance system means you'll always be traveling on the quickest routes. The ECO Drive Support System allows the driver to choose to travel in a more environmentally-conscious way, and the rearview camera system means you'll never struggle with parallel parking again. 

It's Customizable

Like many new vehicles, buyers have the option of customizing their ride. This includes six different trims (ranging from the $22,996 ES to the $30,995 GT S-AWC), six different color options (counting 'Labrador black' and 'cosmic blue'), 15 different packages (like the 'entertainment' or 'blue LED illumination' package), and six accessories! You can also choose between either front or all-wheel drive.

Just for fun, I decided to see the priciest vehicle I could possibly build, and the highest I could get is $42,260. Considering the vehicle, that's an absolute bargain! 

 

You could truly go on and on about the upcoming 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. There's the roomy seven-seat interior (which can be switched around to fit any kind of cargo) and an impressive 25 city and 31 highway mpg (which is a similar efficiency to some sedans). 

Convinced that this is the car for you? You'll unfortunately have to wait a couple of months, as the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to be released in late 2015. In the meantime, travel down to Miami Lakes Automall, where you can check out their current selection of Mitsubishi vehicles.

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