The Redesigned 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Gets a Price Cut
Crossover Starts at $200 Less than Predecessor
In a delightful turn of events, Mitsubishi’s facelifted 2016 Outlander is actually cheaper than the model it replaces. Buyers of the new, Cylon-ized Outlander can expect a starting price $200 lower than before almost across the board.
The most basic Outlander ES starts at $22,995, compared to $23,195 for the 2015 Outlander ES. That base model will still be offered with Mitsubishi’s 2.4L MIVEC I-4 and a continuously variable transmission, in front-wheel drive only. Stepping into an Outlander SE will cost $23,995, with all-wheel drive a $2,000 option. A new-for-2016 SEL trim level will start at $24,995 in front-wheel drive or $26,995 in all-wheel drive, and the top-spec all-wheel-drive–only Outlander GT will cost $30,995.
Of note, the Outlander GT is only available with a 3.0L V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission, while the other models are only available with the aforementioned I-4/CVT combo. Additionally, while the prices of the Outlander ES and SE have fallen, the Outlander GT’s base price is in fact higher than it was in 2015 by $2,800. A $3,350 option package on the Outlander GT will bring navigation, active cruise control, forward collision alert and prevention, and lane departure monitoring to the table.
That active safety system is also optional on the Outlander SEL, while navigation and rear-seat entertainment are optional on all models. We expect the new Outlander to perform the same in crash tests as its predecessor, meaning an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating is all but guaranteed. The 2016 has already been granted a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which isn’t surprising.
In doing a little armchair shopping, the 2016 Outlander’s feature set is competitive with the Honda CR-V and other compact CUV competitors, at a price that’s a bit lower than its foes. The Outlander is also one of few compact SUVs that can seat seven passengers (although those in the way back had better be either little or chummy). Additionally, it’s no secret that in spite of recent brisk sales of other Mitsubishi models, the Outlander isn’t a hot seller. It’s likely that potential owners could negotiate a decent price with their local dealers. Combined with its reasonable competitiveness and distinctive new styling, the new Outlander might bring some new customers into the three-diamond fold.