Mitsubishi’s Outlander was all-new just two years ago, and at the time was a major step forward for this already charming and character-filled crossover. For 2016 the Outlander gets a significant refresh inside and out, with totally revised front and back fascias (sic) that feature LED lighting technology at both ends, including LED headlights available on the range-topping GT.
Other than the bold new grille, the new lights and copious yet tasteful amounts of chrome, the upgrade also brings you 18-inch alloy wheels as standard on all trim levels – the overall effect is pleasing and modern, making the car look much pricier than it is.
Changes are not just skin-deep, either. Numerous enhancements include new sound deadening materials and door gaskets, making the 2016 Outlander even quieter than before. Ride and handling have also been improved with the front MacPherson strut suspension having re-tuned shocks and a reinforced front crossbar. At the rear, the multi-link/coil spring setup has seen improvements, too. These changes combine to make time spent in the subtle and elegant cabin even more pleasant.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is offered in four trim levels and has two available engines. The ES, SE and SEL get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). ES models are front-wheel-drive only, while the SE and SEL can be had with a three-mode driver-selectable all-wheel drive system that is a boon in Canadian winters.
Buyers who choose the GT trim get a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 224 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a conventional six-speed automatic with shift paddles, making this a Grand Tourer in more than just name. The all-wheel drive system on the GT is upgraded, too; it features Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) which comes with four modes – AWC Eco, Normal, Snow and Lock. The GT also has it’s own exterior styling cues and a host of safety and convenience features.
Beyond high style, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander offers the only V6 in the segment and is backed by an incredible 5-year 100,000 km warranty.