James Flammang
Contributing Editor - July 31, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander OVERVIEW

Redesigned and re-engineered for 2016, the Outlander ranks among the least costly crossover wagons with three rows of seats. It’s also one of the smallest; think of it as a large "premium" compact or a small midsize model. Either way, it's Mitsubishi’s larger crossover -- bigger than the two-row Outlander Sport -- and abundantly equipped considering its price. Buyers may choose a four-cylinder engine or a V6, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2016

Mitsubishi claims more than a hundred changes in engineering and design. Exterior revisions, lead by a redesigned front nose and additional chrome accents, aim to make the Outlander look more bold and sophisticated. Ride quality is said to have improved, as is the performance of the four-cylinder's continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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Choosing Your Mitsubishi Outlander

As before, two powertrains are available: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with CVT, and a 3-liter V6 that drives a conventional six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The four-cylinder makes 166 horsepower, versus 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque for the V6. All-wheel drive (unavailable in ES) has Eco, Normal, Snow and Lock modes.

Fuel economy of the four-cylinder Outlander is estimated at 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 24/29 mpg with all-wheel drive. Moving to a V6 shrinks the estimate to 20/27 mpg city/highway (23 mpg combined).

Four trim levels are offered:


With a moderate $22,995 MSRP, the entry-level trim includes heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry, hill-start assist, sliding and reclining 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, a tilt/telescopic steering column, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls. Also standard are 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, six-speaker 140-watt audio with CD player, pedestrian protection sensors, and Bluetooth connectivity. Seven airbags are standard, including a driver’s knee airbag. The four-cylinder engine mates with a CVT. All-wheel drive is not available.


For $1,000 more than an Outlander ES, the SE version includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 140-watt six-speaker audio with HD radio, an Eco Drive indicator, foglamps, pushbutton start, integrated turn-signal indicators, rearview camera, and heated front seats. All-wheel drive adds $2,000.


Priced another $1,000 above SE trim, the SEL is highlighted by leather upholstery, with an eight-way power driver’s seat, roof rack/rails, and center rear armrest. All-wheel drive costs $2,000 more.


A substantial price hike, to $30,995, buys the GT, which includes all-wheel drive, Dolby/Rockford Fosgate 710-watt surround-sound audio, and HD radio. Also standard are paddle shifters, a tilt/sliding sunroof, power tailgate, HomeLink garage-door opener, foldaway heated power mirrors, auto-dimming inside mirror, LED headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.

Three option groups are offered for the SEL trim level:

  • Premium Package includes nine-speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio, power tailgate, glass sunroof, power folding mirrors, wiper de-icer, and satellite radio.
  • Safety Package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and rain-sensing wipers.
  • Touring Package includes 710-watt premium audio, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and lane-departure warnings, navigation, sunroof, and power tailgate. (For the GT, the Touring Package adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision and lane-departure warnings, and navigation. Forward collision mitigation has two modes: Near and Far.)
CarsDirect Tip

We would opt for an SEL, which delivers quite a few features as standard equipment, and can also be equipped with option packages that include useful driver-assist systems.

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