2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review - In spite of its distinct exterior, the Outlander lingers at the end of the crossover barrel. The inside is quiet, with space for seven in three rows of seats. The base engine is a 166-hp 2.4-liter 4 mated to a CVT with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The GT has a 224-hp 3.0-liter V-6, a paddle-shifted six-speed automated, and four-wheel drive. Handling is composed, but both engines are challenged by the Outlander's weight-- particularly the four-cylinder with four-wheel drive.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Mitsubishi, the one-time purveyor of such awesomeness as the Starion ESI, the 3000GT VR-4, as well as the freshly ceased Evo, is a covering of its previous self. Required by an open market as well as an absence of production partners to curtail its product to a set of crossovers, the Mirage econobox, the dated Lancer compact, and the i-MiEV electric, Mitsubishi is selling on deal costs as opposed to the desirability of its items. Yet the car manufacturer is not dead, and also business officials point to expanding sales numbers throughout its lineup as proof. The most up to date indicator of life can be found in the type of the freshened 2016 Outlander, which sees myriad changes to its chassis and also its cabin. It's less costly compared to the 2015 design, too.

We will keep talk about the appearance of the new "Dynamic Guard" front styling-- appeal (or do not have thereof) remains in the eye of the beholder, right?-- but we can state the Outlander looks a lot more intriguing than in the past. A thick garnish has been added to the reduced section of the doors to assist them appear, well, garnished, and the wheels-- 18-inch blends across the board-- are handsome. The backside includes straight LED taillamps, and the liftgate elevates an additional 1.5 inches to aid maintain taller drivers from bumping their noggins while packing as well as unloading their wares.

Still Offering a 6
As the only Japanese-branded compact crossover (claims its manufacturer) with a readily available V-6-- a carry-over 3.0-liter SOHC device with 224 horsepower and also 215 lb-ft of torque-- the top-trim Outlander GT looks muscle on paper, although in reality the velocity to motorway rates is merely adequate. And when it gets there, the Outlander GT trips with a low, unsexy drone. At the very least the fixed change paddles on the guiding pillar enable manual control of the transmission if you get frisky. If you're driving an Outlander, though, you probably will not.

The base ES, mid-grade SE, and also the leather-lined SEL-- the last 2 are readily available with four-wheel drive-- are powered by a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 162 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to a freshly created CVT. As you may anticipate, any kind of 166-hp SUV with more than 3300 pounds to lug around is going to feel sluggish. We tested the porkiest of the four-cylinder designs, the roughly 3500-pound all-wheel-drive SEL, as well as we 'd say Mitsubishi's quote of a careless 10.2-second zero-to-60-mph time seems around right. In other words, consider flooring it a lot.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

It is quiet, however, the outcome of 31 certain renovations implied to vanquish different automobile noisemakers. Also the door-closing sound was made more sizable by utilize of different seals and also equipment.

Handling is tidier, also. Considerable work was done to stiffen numerous parts of the framework, as well as retuned suspension components were developed to firm up the previous model's mushy suspension. There's still a dearth of feel via the steering wheel as well as brake pedal, yet when it comes to vanquishing sound while helping with some awareness of exactly what's going on under the automobile, Mitsubishi designers have much to be happy with.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review Driving the outward bound 2015 once again additionally assisted us appreciate the modifications the firm made to the inside, which gets spruced up with a brand-new guiding wheel, contrasting stitching, and also modern-looking trim panels that replace the previous, hideous phony timber. Other modifications like cushier armrests, a weaved material headliner, handy buttons for the optional display stereo, and also second-row seats that have actually been made considerably much easier to flip and also fold. The third-row seats stay a joke in regards to space; even Mitsubishi calls them "emergency" seats.

A Minor Rate Cut
At $23,845 for the base, front-wheel-drive SE--$200 lower than previously-- the Outlander represents the second-cheapest method into a brand-new vehicle with sitting for seven (the stripper Dodge Grand Caravan costs less). Outlander GT models, which come typical with four-wheel drive and the aforementioned V-6, start at $31,845, and also peak at merely over $35K as soon as you include the Touring package deal, which brings navigating, forward-obstacle caution, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. Pricewise, the sweet area for the Outlander seems to be the front-drive Outlander SEL with the $1900 Premium package deal (moonroof, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, satellite radio, power tailgate, and also a lot more), which commands $27,745.

While the 2016 Outlander is a step up from its predecessor, we do not believe it's risen considerably more than midpack among a huge sea of competitors. A comparison examination will iron out its placement a lot more definitively, yet we could already inform you that the Outlander is no Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V, aesthetically or dynamically. The Outlander will certainly inhabit a more certain and also rather more intriguing niche of the crossover market when the plug-in-hybrid variation arrives next year. In the meantime, bargain-priced seven-seat Mitsubishi-ness shows up in dealers all over the country in July.

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