The 2016 model for the Mitsubishi Outlander is now attracting more purchasers after starting prices were reduced. It should also be noted that this is the only compact SUV with third-row seats that come off as a standard feature.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Gains More Sales as Price is Brought Down
Regarding the sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander, it has risen by 68-percent for sales within the United States from the 2015 model year. Much of the gain from the sales were acquired after the auto manufacturer launched the 2016 model last summer with more standard features and an overall improved driving experience. Add in the cost reduction for all versions of the Outlander (except the top-end GT model), and the company has a good reason to celebrate.
There are multiple reports from consumers wherein reliability for the 2016 Outlander is good. Furthermore, it has already obtained four out of five stars within the U.S. government frontal and side crash tests.
In comparing the 2016 and 2015 models of the vehicle, the dimensions did not change much for the 15.4-foot long vehicle. However, the exteriors have been nicely refreshed as it gets a new front bumper, a tailgate garnish, and also a new facade. Looking at the inside of the vehicle on the newer model, there are new seat surfaces, ceiling material, interior trim, steering wheel, and a bunch of other upgrades to make it exude a more premium look.
Even though there are some refreshing ideas being brought to life here and there for the new Outlander model, it is still not the perfect vehicle you would have hoped for. It still has some caveats but most of the them are minor. For instance, the door openings for the back seats (albeit nicely-sized) do not open a full 90-degrees which is quite a shame as other vehicles within the same class can do so.
Furthermore, seats are indeed comfortable, but it does lack a bit of firmness to them. There is also only 28.2-inches of legroom found on the third-row of passengers and the seat cushions found on said row are close to the floor. Therefore, this particular row is best used by children and not for adults.
The 2016 model of the Mitsubishi Outlander, although has its fair share of downsides, is still a solid choice for anyone wanting a compact SUV. Even though fuel economy do not come near the government fuel economy standards, it can go for 20 mpg in combined city/highway driving provided there is a travel range of only 332-miles.