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Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ranks 17 out of 19 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mitsubishi Outlander, as well as reliability and safety data.

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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 Outlander's 3rd-row seats are tiny, its engines aren't the most powerful, and the styling isn't for everyone. In addition, Mitsubishi's 3-row SUV doesn't have the same residual value as the competition. The smaller dealer network may also be a challenge for people who live in more rural areas." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Moving about with a certain swagger in their step, Mitsubishi is trying hard to overcome past obstacles, both internal and market-related. With this major mid-cycle refresh, an attractive pricing scheme, and hopefully more competitive products to come, the Outlander should be on many a compact SUV buyer's comparison list." -- Left Lane News
  • "While the 2016 Outlander is a step up from its predecessor, we don't believe it's risen much higher than midpack among a vast sea of competitors. A comparison test will sort out its position more definitively, but we can already tell you that the Outlander is no Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V, visually or dynamically." -- Car and Driver
  • "The updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is a much better vehicle than its shortchanged predecessor. Interior quality and driving dynamics are now competitive in the hard-fought compact crossover class, but engine performance is still lacking, even for the V6. Combined with reasonable pricing, we can now see a reason to consider the Outlander. We can't say the same for the 2014-2015 models. Obviously, the Outlander needed another two years to fully bake." -- AutoTrader

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Nissan Rogue has available seats for seven and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. It also earns better fuel economy estimates than the Outlander. Additionally, reviewers say its cabin is stylish and has premium materials.

Test drivers say the Volkswagen Tiguan's four-cylinder engine provides brisk acceleration from a stop and on the highway. They add that its ride is comfortable and its handling is agile. Reviewers also note that its cabin is handsome and upscale.

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Details: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seats seven and comes with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. The Outlander comes in four trims: ES, SE, SEL and GT. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT are standard, while a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are optional. The Outlander received a minor refresh for 2016, but is otherwise unchanged since its redesign in 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 7/6/15

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