Of the dwindling number of Mitsubishi models left, much of our attention has focused on the Outlander Sport; a long-termer with us for some time now. But the top-dog in their lineup is the 3 row Outlander, and there’s a new one for 20-16, ready to hit the road.

While changes are not drastic, we did notice the differences immediately. Front and rear fascias are nicely freshened, with LED taillights now standard. The sharp 18 inch alloy wheels are stock, too.

Inside, the look and feel of the interior shows the most improvement gains. Seating is more comfortable, support is cushier, and road noise has been greatly reduced. Trim accents take a more basic approach, which actually works to make the cabin appear more upscale.

There’s still a third row, but like so many three row utes these days it’s only a spot that children will love. Yet, getting back there, whether for access to that seating, or maximizing cargo room, is as simple as 1-2-3.

ZACH MASKELL: “…trust me this is going to make a lot of you guys happy. No these are not ejection seat levers. These just make your life way easier. Number 1 pulls down the headrest, number 2 raises the bottom, number 3 puts the seat down. There you go. Under six seconds, you’ve got all your stuff, ready to be put in this thing.”

JOHN DAVIS: Engines carry over. Most trims use a 166 horsepower 2.4 liter inline 4, mated to an improved CVT transmission. It feels just about as powerful is it sounds, that is to say, not very. But it gets things moving, and once they are, it’s a pleasant affair.

The top trim Outlander GT gains a 3.0 liter V6 sending 224 horsepower through a 6 speed automatic. All wheel drive is standard on the GT, optional on mid-level SE and SEL, and not available at all on the base ES. It’s a competent system, so we recommend getting it.

On sale now, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 3-row bargain, starting under $23,000.


  • Engine: 2.4 liter
  • Horsepower: 166
  • Price: Starting under $23,000