2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi as a car company reminds me of the Old Western town in the middle of the desert.

The bleak, barren landscape that once was teeming with life and people now is a rickety old place with sand-ridden doors and spider webs.

It’s really sad when you think about where Mitsubishi has been and where it’s come.  Do you remember all the Midnight Club games?  Need For Speed?  Even the Fast And Furious movies?

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo was etched into car immortality.  Every tuner, young man, and car enthusiast wanted one and boy were they incredibly made.  This was Mitsubishi’s most powerful time, and they completely screwed it up.  Not even an opinion.

Lancer evo

It is incredibly sad that a car company filled with so much excitement, enthusiasm and potential completely killed off their once bread and butter.  Furthermore, it was a slow and painful death.

I’ll never understand why Mitsubishi thought it was a good idea to axe the Lancer Evo.

The Lancer does still live on today, but as a shadow of its former self.  Which is an understatement.

The current Lancer is a dull, plain looking sedan for I don’t know who.

Mitsubishi’s only pull on customers are their low MSRP’s, because every other manufacture offers so much more to customers than Mitsubishi does.  Plus, other manufactures are keen to beat out Mitsubishi’s pricing.

It is a shame to see a company where we used to see the likes of the 3000GT, Lancer Evo, Galant and Starion turn into one of the most bland makes on the planet.

3000GT

I’m not sure what Nissan’s plan is, but there’s no way it’s going according to plan.

The Specs-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander:

 

Vehicle Type: Midsize SUV
Power Plant: 2.4 L 4-cyl/3.0 L 6-cyl
Gearbox: 6 speed automatic
Power: 180 – 224 HP
MPG: Up to 27 Highway/20 City 
Torque: 180 Lb-ft – 215 lb-ft.
Length: 184.4 Inches
Width: 71.3 Inches
Height: 66.1 Inches
Wheelbase: 105.1 Inches
Top Speed: 115 MPH
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.6 Inches
Base Price: $24,000 (est).

As far as the Mitsubishi line up goes, the Outlander seems to be the most popular offering for customers these days.

However, there aren’t a lot of raving reviews on the Outlander.

The main issues people have with Outlander’s is that they are under powered in any case.  Even with the larger 3.0 L V6 engine.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander does feature a third row for seating, but since the vehicle is so small there is nearly no room for anyone reasonably sized back there.  I do give credit to Mitsubishi for giving this third row a shot, but it is awful.

As a former shadow of itself, Mitsubishi needs a lot more than a tight, under powered SUV.

Luckily AWD adds in Mitsubishi’s only real quality technology which is their selective drive.  This allows the Outlander to be optimized for snow, rock and other loose, unstable terrains.

Unfortunately that’s where things end for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.  Which is unfortunate, and I can’t help but keep bringing up where this amazing brand has been versus where it is now.  It is sad.

Outlander

The Exterior-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander:

The Mitsubishi Outlander has been reshaped over the years, but nothing to really go nuts about.  The SUV gets some modern updates for 2016, and gets Mitsubishi’s latest styling cues.

The front end has a lot of chrome.  Like, a lot.  To a point where I start to feel a sense of lack of creativity.

However the lines are pretty attractive.  The front end is strong and angular, and makes the Outlander look more aggressive.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Previous Outlander models were more cut and paste jobs from the Lancer, which is really just about milking what works.  Since the actually good Lancer is gone, there’s nothing to milk.

I do like the shaping of the new front end to the Outlander, however there is just too much chrome everywhere.  This seems to be a bit of a trend for Mitsubishi, as many of their models have a bit of glitter on them.

The side of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is relatively plain.  Nothing daring or unique to tell about it.

From the rear, it is much the same story.  There isn’t much to separate the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander from every other SUV that’s on the road.  This is a growing problem, since there are so many SUV’s being tossed into the market constantly, the need for something unique and special grows.

Mitsubishi is struggling for market share in every single segment, and the Outlander is not an out-stander.  Car and Driver currently has the Outlander ranked #12 on the best SUV’s.

The overall styling of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is sharp and updated, but not impressive.  The Outlander is in face the best Mitsubishi you can buy new, but bar isn’t very high in the grand scheme of things.  There is much more to be desired.

One last thing I want to bring up is the GT trim.  Naming SUV’s and including GT trims just doesn’t make sense at all in the car world.  Ever.  It’s a marketing thing.

The Interior-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander:

Mitsubishi Outlander

The new interior for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander adds a few different modest updates.  Changes include an updated center console with covered cupholder, an electric-powered parking brake on upper trim level models and new touch screen infotainment with Carplay and Android Auto.

There is a new screen, but buttons are cramped and hard to use while driving.  Also, the factory navigation system which was an option is now gone.

However, Mitsubishi clearly knows what period of time we’re in, since you can still get an Outlander with a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, auto high beams and a 360 degree monitor.  Impressive stuff still.  Maybe that’s Nissan at work?

The interior styling aspect is lackluster.  It is simple, but again nothing really captivating. It kind of reminds me of the styling from Honda in a way.  It’s not cutting edge or anything but it is useful.

Outlander’s new infotainment screen has most of its buttons and knobs located rather inconveniently from the driver, which doesn’t make sense.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

On an interesting note, the Outlander (like a lot of vehicles today) has the sporty paddle shifters on the side of the steering wheel, straight from F1 to your families SUV.

I never understand this.  Why are manufactures putting technology only really meant for sports cars and super cars on SUV’s?  It’s not like the Outlander really makes use of the added technology to cut back on shift times with its 200 HP and 6 speed CVT.

I will give Mitsubishi some credit here, because the paddles are properly attached to the steering column and not the wheel itself so the paddles are fixed when the wheel turns, as it should be.

But, that’s about it. Putting shift paddles on SUV’s like this just doesn’t make sense.

Anywho, the air conditioning is nicely laid out and the rest of the cabin is comfortable.  The third row seating is a bit of a stretch, but an interesting option for such a vehicle.

The Performance-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander:

The performance of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is actually pretty decent.  The SUV is able to move off the line from zero to sixty miles per hour in a reasonable 7.6 seconds.  Not super fast and not slow.

However at speed, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is sluggishly slow and can only climb twenty miles per hour in an astronomically slow six whole seconds.

This is mainly due to the slightly outdated six speed automatic transmission that Mitsubishi uses in the new Outlander.  There isn’t really an excuse for it, since outdated transmissions make for poor fuel economy, poor performance, and just poor everything.

The only saving grace are (which will sound insane) the shift paddles.  You can override the slowness by taking shifts into your own hands, but things aren’t astronomically better.  Plus, you need to feed the V6 with premium fuel.

For a number of reasons, you should take a look elsewhere if you’re in the market.  Like the fantastic Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V.  Both alternatives will give you much more of what you’re looking for in terms of overall quality.

The growing choices you can get out of the mid size SUV segment make it so that consumers have more say in a brands success than ever.  So, brands need to bring everything they have to the table to win over the customers hearts.

Mitsubishi has a bit of a disadvantage here, which is unfortunate and the Outlander needs a bit more to get good footing.   A bit more of everything.

Sum It Up:

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t as bad as it could be.  It could be worse.

However, the brand as a whole has really taken a nose dive in recent years, as I keep saying.  It’s just sad to watch.

Not only is the Outlander a bit lackluster, but do you remember the Mitsubishi Eclipse?  The fun little sports car that also made it into the Fast and Furious lifestyle?

Well, Mitsubishi decided to ruin that too.  Just like the current Lancer.

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is coming out, and they actually meant to pay respects to the sports car.  By making ANOTHER crossover.

Mitsubishi said this about the new car in an interview from Automotive News :

“The Eclipse Cross’s beautiful, dynamic form serves to bring about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse does,” the Japanese carmaker said. The new vehicle’s high-saturation red body color, Mitsubishi added, will evoke the brilliance of the sun’s halo flaring from behind the moon.”

 

That all sounds fine and great, but then you see what they’re talking about and you realize that something very wrong happened to Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi is actually getting some new management soon, so maybe we can see something actually worth talking about soon.

As for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, it’s not an awful car.  It does some things very well in fact.  Plus it doesn’t look awful like some other SUV’s.

But, there are so many fish in the SUV sea these days that nearly anything Mitsubishi puts out (including the tear-inducing Eclipse Cross) will hardly make a dent out there.

Mitsubishi used to make fantastic cars; Fun to drive on top of that.

So to answer the question in the title of this article, no.

 

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