2016 mitsubishi outlander Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander debuts Mitsubishi’s new corporate face called “dynamic shield” and gains an updated exterior design. 18-inch wheels, LED position lights, tailgate garnish, and LED taillights are standard on all models. GT variants come with power-folding side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, and LED headlights. Inside the 2016 Outlander, changes include a redesigned steering wheel, seating surfaces, accent trim, a new audio head unit, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink on GT models. The crossover’s suspension and body structure has also received improvements for better ride and handling, and an electric power steering system has been added. A new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has been added to all models except the V-6-powered GT trim. Quartz Brown exterior paint is a new addition to the 2016 Outlander’s color palette. A plug-in hybrid variant will join the lineup later in the year.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is a three-row crossover available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Two engines are available in the 2016 Outlander including a 166-hp 2.4-liter I-4 with 162 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to a CVT. Also available is a 3.0-liter V-6 with 224 hp and 2l5 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is competitive for the class with the front-drive I-4 models achieving 25/31 mpg city/highway while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 24/29 mpg. The range-topping GT trim with the V-6 is rated at 20/27 mpg but requires premium fuel.
The 2016 Outlander is also available with plenty of convenience and tech features including a navigation system, FUSE hands-free link with a USB port, and full-color LCD display. Interior space is generous thanks to split folding second- and third-row seats. There’s up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2016 Outlander with the second and third rows folded (34.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and 10.3 cubic feet with all seats in place).
Standard features include dual front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver’s knee airbags. Additional safety and driver’s aids are only available as part of the SEL Touring and GT Touring packages and include forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard options in the base ES trim include Bluetooth, a 140-watt audio system with six speakers, steering wheel audio controls, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, and a USB port. Stepping up to the ES model adds a rearview camera, a 6.1-inch touchscreen for the audio system, and a keyless entry and start. Navigation is available as part of a package in the SEL and GT trims or as a port-installed option in the ES and SE grades. LED headlights are available in the GT trim level. The 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system is part of the SEL Premium or SEL Touring package and standard on the GT trim. A seven-inch touchscreen replaces the 6.1-inch unit when the Outlander is equipped with the navigation system.
What We Think
While it remains a decent choice in the crossover segment, the 2016 Outlander continues to lag behind the competition. In our long-term verdict of a pre-refresh 2014 Outlander SE S-AWC, we said that the crossover’s interior was “comfortable and easy to settle into,” with plenty of space in the first and second rows. However, the third row is cramped for adults and best suited for children. In a 2014 Outlander GT First Drive, we said that the crossover’s interior is much quieter due to improved sound insulation and a reworked suspension, making it a good choice for long drives. The multimedia interface, on the other hand, is dated and was plagued with glitches that caused it to freeze or not operate correctly such as the rearview camera’s guidelines not showing on the screen.
The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport are Mitsubishi’s top selling vehicles in the U.S. market.
- Great fuel economy in front-drive I-4 models
- Generous passenger- and cargo space
- Quiet cabin
You Won’t Like:
- Six-speed automatic gets confused easily
- Third row is for kids only
- Glitchy infotainment system