First Drive – 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

by Tony West and Sommer Thornton

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s all new for 2016 with the most impressive model to date. Boosted by a new design, LED and chrome accents and tons of new tech, the Outlander tries to face off with the GMC Terrain, Ford Escape, and the Hyundai Tucson. With functionality and elevated swag, the 7 passenger SUV could give the Jeep Cherokee and the Subaru Crosstrek a little competition.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has been redesigned several times over the last 5 years, with a new PHEV model being released for 2017. Now the design is headed in a great direction inside and out with the new focus on functionality and high-tech road performance and safety.

 

Cool for 2016

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The cool new Compact SUV has stylish features that give the exterior more swag like 18 inch alloy wheels, new standard LED headlights and taillights, sunroof and chrome trim all around.

The whip fine tunes safety technology for enhanced Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

A new Entertainment Package adds a rear seat DVD player, remote control, and infrared wireless headphones.

The MMCS Navigation system features a 7 inch display with real-time traffic and 3D mapping.

 

Cool New Look Adds Youthful Swag

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC has a new look, with more contoured edges and a longer 184 inch body. The new Outlander has a more pronounced front fascia with silver accenting the grille, headlights and front spoiler. A large chrome strip runs along the beltline, and trims the fog lights

For 2016 the Outlander GT has standard LED head lights and taillights, color-keyed door handles, and color-keyed front and rear bumpers with silver accent. And the new Outlander GT features power folding side mirrors, power tailgate, and a cool sunroof. The trunk is shorter and less sloped, adding space to the third row. And the GT has silver roof rails.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

 

Fans were very impressed with the new more stylish Outlander GT. Smoother surfaces and a longer body gives is more appeal to women and young people who want an aggressive looking SUV with a sleeker profile. Available exterior paint-jobs include Quartz Brown, Cosmic Blue, Labrador Black, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Diamond White.

 

Efficient Road Performance has Versatility and Precision

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC features a standard 3.0 liter MIVEC SOHC 6-cylinder engine. The 24-valve engine has 224 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm. The V6 is matched to a 6 speed Sportronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The S-AWC Outlander GT has a versatile road character with smooth torque delivery, agility, and smooth steering in stop-and-go city driving. The SUV boasts a combined EPA of 23 mpg (20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway).

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Thanks to new refinements, the 2016 Outlander boasts improved handling and reduced noise, vibration, and harshness for a quieter composed ride. Numerous improvements to the chassis including increased body and suspension, and structural rigidity create a comfortable ride in any terrain.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT features updated electric power steering that’s smooth in normal/ eco mode and more responsive in sport mode. Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Active Stability Control, Traction Control Logic, and the tire pressure monitoring system are all standard on the GT model. Refined steering helps the whip park in tighter spots, and adds cornering precision.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Super All Wheel Control is great in the Outlander GT. The whip scurries over potholes and craters with little to no vibration in the cabin. And turning, corning, and braking is precise with a fine-tuned EPS and ventilated front and solid rear 11 inch disc brakes.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

Another versatile element of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC is the revised MacPherson strut front and multilink rear suspension. Dynamic dampers on the front and rear suspension, and differential have been revised for a smoother more capable ride in adverse weather. A drive mode selector features AWC, Eco, Normal, Snow and Lock modes that adjust traction, steering and torque delivery.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is available with advanced safety technology including a Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. But basic safety features were missing like an effective blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, and Brake Assist.

Every Mitsubishi is now designed with Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution – RISE construction that absorbs energy to further protect to the vehicles occupants. Every Outlander features a seven Supplemental Restraint System. The new Outlander’s road versatility and advanced safety construction and technology has earned it some top safety recognition.

With a curb weight of 3,593 lbs, and a 57/43 weight distribution, the CUV has a 3,500 towing capacity.

The performance of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is much improved for 2016 with added safety construction refinements being the most effective. Now Mitsubishi needs to add more technology and driver-controlled functionality so drivers will be confident taking this SUV almost anywhere.

Upgraded Interior with Less New Tech

The interior of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT has some upgraded materials that give it a high-quality look like leather seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and leather wrapped door, armrest, and trim panel inserts. The inside is also decked with a gloss black instrument panel, gloss black shifter panel, and chrome plated inner door handles.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

The 7-passenger whip has heated front seats with an 8 way adjustable driver’s seat and a 6 way adjustable passenger seat. Drivers have 40 inches of legroom, with 37 inches of legroom for 2nd row passengers and 28 inches of 3rd row legroom. The Outlander has always had impressive legroom for all 7 passengers, and the 2016 model could fit a 5+ foot passenger in all three rows, or fit some big cargo in the 10 cubic foot area behind the 3rd row.

Standard features in the Outlander GT include remote start, keyless entry, FAST-Key passive entry system and auto dimming rearview mirror. Drivers have a full-color LCD display showing useful digital info like coolant temp, outside temperature, fuel range, and average fuel economy. And the steering wheel has controls for the audio, phone, voice command, and cruise controls, along with the paddle shifters behind the wheel.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

Carpeted floor mats add an extra touch of swag. And the Outlander GT has abundant storage, with a center console, side door holders with cup holders, 2nd and 3rd row cup holders, instrument panel lower center storage, floor center console, storage and underfloor rear cargo storage. The 2nd row has 60/40 split folding capacity with independent slide and reclining adjusters, and the 3rd row has 50/50 folding.

Technology gives passengers déjà vu with a similar 6 inch multi information display with an updated Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS) as previous year. Two 12-volt outlets are standard along with a USB port, HD Radio, FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth, and a 9 speaker 710 Watt Rockford Fosgate premium sound system. The sound system features a 10 inch subwoofer with Punch Control and DTS Neural Surround. A cool rearview camera is also standard.

The interior has some available add-ons via various packages. Notable is the Aluminum Package that features an aluminum and leather shift knob, and piano black accent panels and door switch panels. The Entertainment Package adds a rear DVD player with remote control and wireless headphones. The Protection Package features protected cuff plates, body side moldings, a rear bumper step protector, and a liftgate protector. And the All-Weather Package features a remote start and all-weather floor mats. A towing package, Blue LED Illumination package, a Chrome Package, and front and rear Park Assist Sensor Package are also available.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has some solid features under the hood for 2016. An efficient performance and a cool entertainment system could attract younger buyers. Adding an extra touch of unique flair inside could push it further to the top.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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