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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander’s awful performance and bottom-of-the-barrel reliability rating make it one of the lowest-ranked affordable compact SUVs. It does have one plus, however: It’s fuel-efficient.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Quiet cabin
  • Weak engines
  • Numb steering
  • Harsh ride quality
  • Poor reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Overview

Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander a Good Used SUV?

Aside from its great gas mileage and hushed cabin, there are no good reasons to buy a 3-row 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Its engines are weak, its handling is awkward, and its ride is rough. It also has one of the worst reliability ratings in the class. Almost any other car in the compact SUV class will serve you better.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 33 Mitsubishi Outlander reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander?

Based on more than 370 listings on our site for the used 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, you can expect to pay between $14,500 and about $25,000. The average list price is $18,600. However, your price will depend on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Cost to Own?

Ongoing costs for gas, repairs, maintenance, and insurance vary by vehicle. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander’s five-year estimate for these expenses adds up to about $23,300. That’s on the low end for the class, as rivals like the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain have five-year estimates closer to $25,000.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Outlander?

A new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $23,945 – about $5,300 more than the average list price of a used 2016 model. The 2018 model includes modern technology updates that the 2016 model doesn’t have, including a standard rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen, as well as the availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. These features are nice to have, but they don’t quite justify the 2018 model’s much higher price.

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However, there are some other 2018 SUVs you can purchase for just a little more than the price of a used 2016 Outlander. They’re subcompact SUVs, but they’re much better vehicles. The 2018 Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V start at under $20,000. They offer better interiors, good engines for the class, and good fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Outlander a reliability rating of two out of five, which is the lowest possible rating.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has six recalls. They involve issues with windshield wiper function, parking brake corrosion, vehicle hesitation during acceleration, engine stalling or overheating, liftgate failure, and the doors unexpectedly opening. Make sure these issues are addressed before you buy a used Outlander.

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Outlander Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of a generation that began in 2014. Purchasing a 2013, 2014, or 2015 Outlander will save you some money over the 2016 Outlander, but these vehicles are best avoided. Their overall scores range from a lowly 7.2 to 7.3. The 2016 model is the better value. It has styling and navigation updates, as well as an upgraded transmission. It also comes standard with Bluetooth and voice commands, which were added in 2015. The 2017 model does add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it’s about $5,000 more than the 2016 model.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Model Is Right for Me?

The Outlander comes in four trims: ES, SE, SEL, and GT. The base Mitsubishi Outlander ES trim comes with a typical number of standard features for the class, including a six-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Mitsubishi's voice-activated Fuse Hands-free Link system. The Mitsubishi Outlander SE’s additional technology features will appeal to more buyers. It comes with push-button start, an upgraded infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, and heated front seats. The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL doesn’t add much besides leather seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, but it is available with a number of features. The Mitsubishi Outlander GT is the performance trim. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a stronger engine – though not much stronger than the base four-cylinder. The Outlander GT also has a drive mode selector, a nine-speaker premium Rockford Fosgate audio system, a power remote liftgate, a sunroof, and LED headlights.

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What Does Mitsubishi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mitsubishi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each CPO Mitsubishi must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers. Only Mini’s, Kia’s, Buick’s, and Smart's are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Outlander?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander performs well in crash tests, as do most compact SUVs. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, it received the top score of Good in all five tests. It was also named an IIHS 2016 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest award. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Outlander an overall safety rating of four out of five stars.

Mitsubishi does not equip the 2016 Outlander with any standard active safety features. In contrast, many competitors come with a rearview camera. Available safety equipment in the Outlander includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2016 Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V was named our 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families, and it’s much better than the Mitsubishi Outlander. While the CR-V may be nearly as dull-handling as the Outlander, it has fairly precise steering and a smooth ride. Its base engine has sufficient power for everyday driving, and it earns the CR-V a few more mpg than the Outlander. The CR-V also has a roomy back seat and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2016 Mazda CX-5?

If the Outlander’s clumsy handling concerns you, the Mazda CX-5 may be the SUV for you. Its quick steering and nimble handling create one of the best driving experiences among compact SUVs. Although its base four-cylinder engine isn’t very strong, it earns better fuel economy estimates than the Outlander’s. It’s also available with a zippier engine option. In addition, the CX-5 has an above-average reliability rating and a handsome cabin that includes an easy-to-use 7-inch touch screen.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander or 2016 Nissan Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue is one of the only other seven-seat compact SUVs available, and it’s a more functional option than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Rogue has a standard rearview camera, and it’s available with blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree camera – neither of which is offered in the Outlander. Compared to the Outlander, the 2016 Rogue also has a nicer interior, better fuel economy, more cargo space, a softer ride, and a better reliability rating.

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2016 Outlander Performance

How Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Drive?

The Outlander’s base 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine struggles to get up to highway speeds, and the available 244-horsepower V6 isn’t much quicker. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are available. The Outlander has a stiff suspension that results in an unpleasant ride quality. Additionally, its inaccurate steering is apparent when rounding corners.

Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Get Good Gas Mileage?

There is one benefit to the Outlander’s weak engines: good fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive base Outlander gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best estimates in the class. 

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2016 Outlander Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Outlander Seat?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of few compact SUVs with a third row, accommodating up to seven occupants. Cloth seats are standard and leather upholstery is available. The front seats are comfortable, allowing the driver to easily get into an ideal position. The second row is fairly spacious, and the seats recline for additional comfort. The Outlander’s third row is cramped.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Outlander has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in its second-row outboard seats. The second-row middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The IIHS rates the system Acceptable (the second-highest rating) for its user-friendliness.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Features

Standard features include automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Mitsubishi's voice-activated system, which links your phone to the infotainment system. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a sunroof, push-button start, navigation, and satellite radio.

The Outlander’s audio, climate, and infotainment controls are all straightforward, thanks to the simple dashboard layout.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Dimensions

Mitsubishi Outlander Cargo Space

With a maximum of 63.3 cubic feet of space, the Outlander has decent cargo space. However, it still has less than competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

2016 Outlander Length and Weight

The Mitsubishi Outlander has an overall length of 15.4 feet and a gross vehicle weight of 4,795 pounds. The Outlander GT has a gross vehicle weight of 5,005 pounds.   

Where Was the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Built?

The Outlander was manufactured in Japan.

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