2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review, Feature and Images – 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 LED taillamps and position lamps. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander cabin features 31 improvements, including more sound insulation, better door sealing, and upgraded windshield and door glass, 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. Although reviewers are pleased with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior improvements and new transmission, they agree that most rivals offer stronger engines and more upscale cabins.
Powering the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is a four-cylinder engine that reviewers say has sluggish acceleration. A V6 engine is available and critics say though it has a bit more power than the base engine, highway acceleration is lacking and it’s noisy. A new continuously variable transmission (automatic) is introduced for 2016 and test drivers are impressed with its refinement. With up to 25/31 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA, the 2016 Outlander earns impressive fuel economy estimates for the class. The Outlander’s suspension was retuned for 2016, and automotive journalists agree that it offers better stability for both straight-line driving and around corners. However, some complain that the Mitsubishi Outlander’s ride is uncomfortable over rough patches of road, and that the steering and brakes lack feel.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander received an interior refresh that reviewers agree includes improved materials, including good-looking contrast stitching and wood accents. They say that the Mitsubishi Outlander’s extensive use of sound-deadening materials makes for a quiet cabin. According to reviewers, the 2016 Outlander’s front seats are adequately comfortable, but the second-row seats lack cushioning and the third row is cramped for anyone other than kids. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB port and Mitsubishi’s voice-activated Fuse Hands-free Link system. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, a rearview camera, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance. Reviewers are pleased that the Outlander can be equipped with lots of advanced safety features, which they say work well. While some test drivers think the audio and climate controls are easy to access and operate, others complain that the navigation system is confusing. With 63.3 cubic feet of overall space, the 2016 Outlander’s cargo capacity is above average for the class and reviewers comment that folding the second- and third-row seats is easier to do than in outgoing models.
The 2016 Outlander comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB port and Mitsubishi’s voice-activated Fuse Hands-free Link system. Options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, a rearview camera, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, navigation with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate stereo system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision avoidance.
Automotive journalists are impressed that the Outlander can be equipped with high-tech safety features that are normally only offered by luxury brands. A few add that the accident avoidance features work well. While some reviewers say the Outlander’s climate and audio controls are easy to reach and use, others think the navigation system is complicated.