The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander looks nice and offers a fresh and forward redesign both inside and out. The exterior has a much sleeker styling and upgraded features improving its look, while inside, modern additions and cushier seats help add style to the overall feel. However, even with the redesign and strategic improvements made to this crossover, it still doesn’t offer many of the amenities or features the American Market expects from this class.
Seating for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is hit and miss. The front seats are very comfortable, the ability to slide the second row seats forward and backward is a great amenity and the newly designed ability to flip the seats forward and lay them flat easily is wonderful. While the second row does offer a little more leg room, the bench width is very narrow and had a hard time fitting two toddler car seats. Although the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander boasts that it is the only in its class to offer standard third row seating, I wouldn’t purchase this car based on that feature. The extra seating would come in handy if you were picking up the kids plus a couple of friends from school, but overall, it offers no leg room, it just isn’t very functional to get in and out of and once in use, there is practically no cargo space. I struggled taking a photo that showed all the seats and space fully, so I pulled this one from Mitsubishi.
What did we love about it? Well, for starters, the safety. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL touring model offered lane departure warnings and auto headlight control on top of the standard safety features. The handling was also great. The Outlander hugged the road and took curves and turns with tight precision. We also loved the 710W Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio System. How many crossover SUVs do you know with a 10-inch subwoofer in the back? It sounded great and was awesome. The interior was also very stylish and the controls were easy to use and placed well in the design.
Overall, the redesign definitely improved the 2016 model and Mitsubishi is headed in the right direction to making the car more appealing. Let’s be honest though, when you’re in the market for a crossover offering third row seating, size does matter, so while the features and amenities are present, the size expected in the American Market just isn’t there. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would be perfect for a small family looking to have some extra room and the ability to seat a couple of extra people in rare instances.