I am a car lover. I love anything and everything about cars. When DriveShop offered me the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL for a week, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I was excited to drive the 2016 since I had driven the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander last year. This crossover SUV looks like a high-priced luxury SUV, but without the price to match. We enjoyed this ride on our spring break trip to Seattle. Did you know that the Outlander was originally introduced in 2001 but was called the Mitsubishi Airtrek? After a few years and a new direction, the Airtrek was renamed to Outlander and was reintroduced in 2005.
A Mom's View: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL 2.4L Review
When this bad mamajamma pulled into my yard I could not wait to check her out. The first thing that caught my eye was how many people it holds. From the outside, you would not suspect the Outlander has third-row seating! Yes, that is correct, it will hold 7 passengers. That alone gives this SUV 5 stars since I have four children and it's hard to get them all into a vehicle let alone get everyone comfortable. However, that is not the only amazing feature of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL. Check out my favorite features:
- Heated Front Seats: I think this is just a given, who wouldn’t love a toasty bottom on a cold winter day?!
- 6.1-inch touchscreen display with a rearview camera: Today, it is hard to find a vehicle without a touchscreen display, but the Outlander does have one of the nicer ones you will find in cheaper model vehicles.
- One-touch Start/Stop engine switch: This does not need any further explanation. If you are a parent, you need this!
- 8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat: Get the seat exactly how you want it. Perfect for shorter drivers like me.
- Sunglasses holder: Yes, I love this feature. Perfect place to store sunglasses. Note: If you get the sunroof, you will not have this feature.
- Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system: My first car had this sound system in it, which I paid for to be installed separately. Let me tell you. It was not cheap, especially as a broke college student, but it sounds amazing. There is a reason RF is the best sound system around.
There are tons of other features and specialties, but we would seriously be here all day. The only thing I would change about the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL would be the engine. It is on the smaller side, considering it is a midsize SUV. The engine is a 2.4L MIVEC SOHC 4-cylinder. Similar smaller SUVs offer a 6-cylinder engine. I’m not sure if the Outlander would be able to pull anything so it's a bit of a small engine for my large family that has been known to really load a vehicle down on a road trip or hauls our trailer for a weekend of camping adventures. Otherwise, that is the only thing I would change.
Price: the base model starts at only $24,995. That's an incredible value for a vehicle in this class.
What do you think? Do you think you would own the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL? Head on over to your local Mitsubishi dealership and schedule a test drive today.