2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV Review @DriveShopUSA

I received this car for one week to review in exchange for sharing my honest opinion.

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I never really thought much about Mitsubishi having an SUV and I was hoping the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would change that; unfortunately, it didn’t help. I am honestly not a fan of the Outlander. Sure its a nice car to drive around in and does the job but it wasn’t for me. Maybe too because this was not a feature-loaded model, I was expecting too much. I will say though the price was about $5,000 – $7,000 less than other SUV’s I have driven with more features so many if that extra money was put into the Outlander it would have stood out for me more. Just to put it in perspective too, I was asked when I first received the car what I thought of it and I said 8 because of the outside appearance. After driving it for a week, I’d probably say a 5.

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I won’t go on and on about features I loved because honestly the model I drove was nothing special. Here are some of the features I did appreciate though (don’t mind the crumbs in the pictures, my kids are slobs):

Push button on the door handle that allows you to unlock the car without pushing the button on your key fob. This is nice when your key is in your bag or pocket as it senses its nearby and lets you unlock it.

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Storage. I did find storage throughout the car, some of it I admit I wasn’t sure what I would put there but it was nice to have. There was even a special spot for the key fob which alerted you if you left the key in the car.

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Not sure what this storage is but its there:

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Even room for the key fob.

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Lane Departure Warning. This is nice to keep you in your lane and not veering.

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Touch screen information display. I had no issues with this and it was pretty helpful and informative.

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Push Button Start. This is becoming pretty standard but still a plus.

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Somewhat roomy. So I felt fine in the driver seat and my kids felt fine in the middle row but the third row was pretty cramped. I would not recommend this car for a family of five as it was a pain to get back to the third row and cramped back there. It is nice though to have for the occasional time you need to have a 5th or 6th passenger.

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Push button on the trunk. This allows you to close the trunk by the tap of a button, rather than slamming it down.

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Side mirrors fold in.  This is nice if you are worried your side mirrors are sticking out when your car is parked.

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What would I liked to have seen in the Outlander?

A better bluetooth phone system. The bluetooth was so bad with my phone that I turned it off. No it wasn’t my phone either as I have never had a problem pairing my phone. This system kept dropping and reconnecting my phone.

More room for the third room. Just a little bit even would be nice.

More USB ports. Face it families have phones and devices galore, it would be nice to have a handful of USB ports. I think there was just the one plus the lighter adapter which you could plug in USB to.

Cooling seats. This model had heated seats but cooling would have been a nice addition.

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Overall, the car was great as far as driving goes but again nothing stood out at me other than the lack of features I was expecting. Call me spoiled but there are some features that drivers expect now, I’m sure it was the same way when power windows and doors came out or even updated radio systems. I did read it has a 10-year, 100,000 limited powertrain warranty and that is pretty awesome. The model I drove was around $35,000.

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Speak Your Mind



  1. That sounds nice for a small family, but I agree with you about needing more space and USB ports! I wish my Prius had more than one port as well!

  2. Sheila Ritter says:

    It looks quite stylish and unfortunately a lot of people purchase on that alone, nice to read an honest review so we can get an insight into the entire vehicle. There are some nice features but I feel there is something out there better for my family.

  3. Shakeia Rieux says:

    That is a very nice SUV. I like the features it’s equipped with. This would be a good vehicle for my family

  4. Michelle S says:

    I agree that the outside is very stylish. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work for my family. My son is 6’3″ and we need a lot of leg room in the second row. I own a Ford Flex that offers enough leg room for him.

  5. vickie couturier says:

    wow,that is such a nice vehicle,,id love to try one out too

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