The new Outlander is arriving and looks outstanding! The Mitsubishi seven-seater wears all-new and very premium styling for its loaded 3.0 GT trimline, including some very flashy nose chrome, LED DRLs and even quad-LED low-beam projectors. The contrast versus the fairly humdrum 2015 Outlander is striking in the flesh--- particularly from the nose and tail.
In profile and from a few quarter angles, the Outlander still shows some massive overhangs and slightly underwhelming design elements. But overall -- a massive improvement and one that will help the Outlander to deliver its three-row space to buyers who'd only get two rows in a similar RAV4 or CR-V.
Inside the new Outlander, big tech and refinement improvements are noticeable right off the bat. This 3.0 GT S-AWC (Mitsu-speak for AWD) is exceptionally quiet and refined on the road, with a smooth ride and virtually none of the wind noise and tire rumble so common with its competitors.
The V6 engine, mind you, is not the quickest or most torquey powerplant in the world, despite its smoothness and premium growl on throttle.
All Some of the latest active safety tech introduced for 2016 was fit to the test truck via a $3350 GT Touring Package, which brings a touchscreen navigation system as well as forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise and lane departure warning.
All this premium appeal does have a price, of course. From the $24k base price of the 2016 Outlander (including $850 delivery charge), the V6 GT creeps up to a $32k starting point. With that GT Touring pack, the as-delivered price is a fairly daunting $35,195. This seems slightly high at first, but is actually in line with the new CR-V Touring and Tucson Limited --- but with an extra two seatbelts via a third row for kiddies.
All in, the new Outlander GT is a deeply practical family crossover -- but now with a huge dose of added style and refinement to take on the Highlander and Pilot, for thousands less.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander 3.0 GT S-AWC Review