The Mitsubishi Outlander is a value-oriented compact SUV that can be had in five- or seven-seat configurations with a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engine options and a substantial 10-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty. It receives updated styling front and rear for 2016, as well as a new interior. The front-wheel-drive ES starts at $25,998 and gets a 166 hp 2.4L four, a CVT and 16-inch alloys, and for that price you'll get heated seats and six-way manual adjustment for the driver's seat (four way for the passenger).
$27,998 will step you up to the all-wheel drive ES AWC. On the ES AWC, the $1,700 Touring edition package adds a sunroof, fog lights, 18-inch alloys, and a 140-watt stereo with satellite radio. The $4,000 Premium package includes the Touring package features and adds leather seats (power adjustment for the driver), dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry and ignition.
The SE AWC has the same basic features as the ES, plus dual-zone climate control and fog lights, then adds a 224 hp V6 and gets a six-speed automatic for $31,198. The SE Touring pack adds 18-inch alloys, sunroof and satellite radio for $1,600.
Top of the line is the $36,498 GT-S AWC. This gets the V6, six-speed auto and has Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control torque vectoring all-wheel drive with active front differential. It also comes with leather seats, power driver's seat, keyless entry and ignition, bluetooth compatibility, satellite radio and a 710-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system. $2,000 adds navigation on a 7.0-inch screen.
Fuel economy is rated at 9.2 L/100 km city, 7.5 highway for the FWD four-cylinder, 9.7/8.1 for the four-cylinder, all-wheel drive models, and 11.9 L/100 km city, 8.5 L/100 km highway for the V6.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a recently updated competitor to the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa-Fe Sport, but the third-row, seven passenger seating on SE and GT trims add the likes of the Chevrolet Equinox and Dodge Journey to the list.