The 2016 Outlander is making its renew entrance in the crossover market. Again, this CUV maintains its family, reliable status. Do not get confused: any of the available variants is off-road capable.
But if you are interested in a three-row of seats SUV for the city and suburbs, this can be a cheap option among the competition. Mitsubishi has worked on a smart answer for the market, and here we have it.
Let’s check out some of the main features of the revamped 2016 Outlander.
Engine and Setups Available for the 2016 Outlander
The 2016 Outlander is available in many variants, which offers different specs. First, the ES, SE and SEL models of this SUV packs a 2.4 L 4-inline engine that generates 166 hp at 6000 RPM and a maximum torque of 162 lb-ft at 4200 RPM.
In the other hand, the most fitted Outlander, the GT, features a 3.0 L V6 with 224 hp at 6250 RPM and a max torque of 215 lb-ft at 3750 RPM. When it comes about transmission, only the GT version will be 4-wheel-drive capable, with a 6-speed automatic gearbox with Overdrive. The rest will have to conform with a 2-speed CVT transmission.
Sadly, you have to feed this modest engines with premium fuel. There is not alternative about it. You may not like this. The same for the specialized media.
It doesn’t matter if your 2016 Outlander has a “GT” or a “4WD” badge on in, it isn’t an off-road vehicle. Sure, it can handle some irregular or unpaved roads, but do not expect a Toyota or a Land Rover.
In this matter, the 2016 Outlander features MacPherson struts in the front and a multilink suspension in the rear. This suspension system is totally tuned in order to achieve great handling and experience on the road.
The S-AWC technology enhances the differential behavior, giving the 2016 Outlander a decent performance on unpaved roads and snow. We can thank the wide experience of Mitsubishi in rally and similar activities.
Big efforts were made to achieve a smooth ride, free of noise. To accomplish this feat, upgraded sealed doors and windows were used. Also, the already mentioned suspension is looking forward to this comfort goal.
Comfort and Practicability Onboard
The new 2016 Outlander is premiering a brand-new, revamped front fascia. For some, it can look similar to the past Montero. Its modern design can have some trails of the off-road SUV produced by the Japanese maker.
The chrome finish in the grille is a nice, stylish detail. The rear isn’t the fancier in the market, but it accomplishes the mainstream need of the segment in terms of practicability. The 18-inch aluminum wheels are beautiful and according to the actual design.
When we arrive at the cockpit, the keyless entry became a nice touch. More than that, the interior composition is focused mainly on practicability. Isn’t quite fancy or elegant, as the matter of fact.
The two first rows inside the 2016 Outlander are worthy and really comfortable. But, the third one has serious design issues. We think that Mitsubishi designed it contemplating exclusive use by children or very small passengers.
The ES variant, the most basic and cheaper one, features climate control, six-speaker audio system, and fabric upholstery. But do not worry, plenty of extras are available to improve the experience in the cockpit. More luxurious elements are purchasable.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Outlander isn’t the best SUV available in the market, even in its segment. But, it actually has the best cost-value ratio among its rivals. Talking about rivals, its main competition could be the Subaru Forester, the Honda CR-V, and the beautiful Toyota RAV4.
The base price is US$22.995.