2016 Outlander New Car Test Drive
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a seven-passenger SUV designed with restraint to be practical for families, not intended to be bold. It's revamped for 2016 with exterior changes to make it look more distinctive, including a new nose, alloy wheels, and LEDs uses for the tail lights.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander cabin features 31 improvements, including more sound insulation, better door sealing, and upgraded door glass and windshield, making the it one of the quietest cars in its crossover class. Mechanically there's a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) and refinements to the suspension to improve the handling and ride.
Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.
The Outlander is an easy-driving crossover that's quiet, comfortable, and well-mannered, although it's also soft and detached from the road.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is about the same size as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Subaru Forester. Inside, however, it seems roomier. Its standard third-row seat is very low and only big enough for kids, much like the optional third rows on the Nissan Rogue and Kia Sorento.
The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 166 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined, with a responsive new CVT that enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph about one significant second quicker.
The Outlander GT model uses 3.0-liter V6 that makes 224 horsepower and comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it sounds nice, but it offers only mediocre performance on premium fuel and gets just 23 mpg combined. It can tow 3500 pounds, while the Outlander ES and Outlander SE models are rated for just 1500.
The Outlander gets top ratings in every category of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) tests, earning the coveted Top Safety Pick+ status. In government tests it gets five stars for side impacts and four stars for frontal impacts. Available active safety features include lane-departure and forward-collision warnings and adaptive cruise control.
The Outlander comes in three models: Outlander ES ($22,995), Outlander SE ($23,995), Outlander GT ($30,995).
Outlander ES comes with climate control, fabric upholstery, Bluetooth, and six-speaker 140-watt sound system. Options include leather, premium audio, and a power lift gate.