Mitsubishi isn’t the most exciting manufacturer in the automotive realm, but it’s at least trying to remain competitive. With the lightly updated Outlander, it shows some effort with updated styling and a few other updates. What’s more, today Mitsu announced that that refreshed people hauler will also receive a small price cut on top of its updates.
The 2016 Outlander receives a refreshed grille that is a definite improvement over the outgoing model’s hideous slab of plastic. What the automaker calls the “Dynamic Shield” adds just a touch of sportiness to this otherwise “blah” SUV. Also checking in are standard 18-inch wheels and LED positioning lights and taillights, all of which are new for the 2016 model year.
Mitsubishi has also reconfigured the cabin, which can arguably hold up to seven people. Believe me, I tried cramming an adult in the third row of an Outlander I tested, so I know just how much leg folding is required to fit an adult back there. Updates to the cabin include new seats, the automaker’s new Multi Communication System, an updated steering wheel, new accent trim, and Homelink.
With all of these updates, one might expect a slight price hike, but Mitsubishi went the opposite way. For 2016, the Outlander will start at $22,995, which accounts for a $200 price drop relative to the 2015 Outlander’s base price. Additionally, optional safety equipment, like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control will also be available or a lower price.
The 2016 Outlander will continue with its same drivetrain options, which include a standard 2.4-liter four cylinder on the lower trims with 166 horsepower and an optional 3.0-liter V-6 with 224 horses in the GT model.