2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has received another major update just a few years after the 2014 overhaul. It just keeps getting better and better! Mitsubishi clearly doesn’t have any time restrictions when it comes to making a quality vehicle and it shows with the all new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

There has been an amazing buzz coming from the showrooms of nearly every Mitsubishi Outlander dealer! Let’s break down a few reasons why:

First, lets refresh our memories. What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander special in the first place?

Well, for starters, it is a mid sized SUV. Not a segment of the marketplace without a little competition to say the least. Over the years the Japanese automaker has taken stock in the strengths and weaknesses of this segment and has made sure that the Outlander always represents the very best that a vehicle in this segment can offer consumers.

One strength that Mitsubishi has found with the Outlander is the spacious third row seat which it has kept as a focal point with this latest round of updates. But, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is really looking to update other aspects of the vehicle based on current trends with drivers.

For example, drivers are very conscious of keeping their focus on driving but with our “wired” lives controlling more and more aspects of our lives it can be difficult being away from our smartphones.

This twenty first century fact is something that Mitsubishi has embraced with the new infotainment system upgrades found on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Most automakers are are going for infotainment systems with flat touch screen controls. Hoever, some research has indicated that drivers are starting to yearn for the days of “buttons and knobs”. In fact, many drivers find that vast amount of options available through “virtual” buttons like those on sophisticated touch screen systems are hard to deal with.

That being said the engineers at Mitsubishi are adding more infotainment buttons in place of flat screen controls. While there are still plenty of options and opportunity to use flat screen controls some of the more common controls are using the tried and true button or knob. Mitsubishi is betting that many drivers with find comfort in not having to “figure out” how to operate common features of the Outlanders infotainment system.

Another trend in new car designs are more elaborate and larger more bold grills. The 2016 Outlander gets a much more aggressive front fascia with Mitsubishi's new "Dynamic Shield" design. Think of the Montero SUV with its lower side cladding.

Mitsubishi engineers have also opted for halogen headlights and sleak new LED park lights. At rounded foglights that are set at the lower edge of the front bumper frame and you have a bold aggressive look.

Continuing that bolder design is the redesigned front fenders, lower door sections, new LED taillights, and a new rear fascia. By all accounts the phrase “head turner” comes to mind, something you hardly ever hear murmured about a mid-size SUV.

It is safe to say that almost all drivers want to have knowledge that they are driving a safe vehicle. Particularly the SUV crowd that are often carrying a family of cargo.

Standard safety features for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander include

  • seven airbags
  • ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist
  • hill start assist
  • active stability control with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
  • tire-pressure monitoring system.

SEL and GT trims are available with advanced safety tech, including forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Needlesstosay, your be driving in a cocoon so safety. 

The interior has been updated as well. Going with a softer underbelly. Less rigid plastic and overall comfort. But, the engineers are particularly proud of how they have managed space inside the Outlander.

For example, some improvements to its second-row flip-fold seats. Once you have flipped and folded them several times – you notice that you can easily pull three straps and bazinga! Additional stow and go style spaces. The “emergency” third-row seat was likewise easy to fold, stow and even sit in!

Now we take a look at the overall performance of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Most Mitsubishi Outlander dealers have been impressed by the performance.

Mitsubishis says a new CVT gives the 2016 Outlander improved acceleration, performance, shift feel, and torque delivery. That is nice to see in a mid-size SUV. Granted, you should not be planning to go “off roading” in an Outlander but you will have more then enough power to take you anywhere you want to go with an enjoyable ride and comfort.

Although not specifically mentioned you can expect the current model's powertrain options to carry over into the 2016 model.

The base engine is a 2.4-liter I-4 with 166 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT and available in front- or all-wheel drive. The top-spec GT model features a 224-hp, 215-lb-ft, 3.0-liter V-6 mated to six-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. There doesn’t appear to be an 8 cylinder model and there really doesn’t need to be.

Remember, we are talking about a mid-sized SUV. The current engine specs plenty nicely with the overall frame and weight of the Outlander without sacrificing fuel economy. Yeah. That old thing. Fuel. While things in America may be improving avoiding extra trips to the gas station is definitely a plus and you can rest assured that the design of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will keep you on the road and out of gas station pit stops.

Overall, the redesigned 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander looks like a real winner in all aspects. It is even easy on your wallet compared to other SUV’s in this class and segment.

Line up the standard features and option packages of other SUV’s and include some of the makes and models listed as CUVs and you most likely will find that the Outlander offers more “bang for the buck”. Prices start at $23,845 for a FWD ES four-cylinder but, Mitsu points out, even that model gets 18-inch alloys.

The other thing that Mitsubishi can boast beyond all others is the limited 10-year powertrain warranty. No other maker offers this for a vehicle in this class.

In a land of SUV and CUV’s the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander deservers a pedestal on the showroom floor of all Mitsubishi Outlander dealers.