By on April 2, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander gets an all new look – and nothing else.

While Mitsubishi touts a quieter ride and an all-new look, the powertrains are carried over. I don’t think that will be enough to keep the Outlander competitive.

 

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43 Comments on “New York 2015: If A Mitsubishi Outlander Debuts In The Big Apple, Does Anyone Care?...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    That’s right where the zombies set a trap for Will Smith in I Am Legend, using the mannequins (and displaying an intelligence which is seemingly too high for their behavior in the rest of the film). He shoulda never got out of his Expedition!

    Samanthaaaaaaa!

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I was disappointed in the look of those zombies. It’s like all the film’s budget was spent on Will Smith and CGI to make NYC look like no one lives there. Then they had to use early 2000s tech for the zombies because that’s all they could afford.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      I like that road. It’s Park Avenue around 45th. Wraps around the Metlife building and has a tight right hander followed by a blind chicane to a stop light. Pretty much the only turn I had on my commute home from Midtown back to the Upper East Side on my motorcycle

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Mitsubishi Motors NA: Corporate stubbornness in action.

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      They seem like a trust fund baby who gets to play businessman using his/her parent’s money. I don’t think they’ve made a serious effort at improving their NA business for years and it doesn’t seem like they could care less.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Precisely. Maybe they are trying to bankrupt their dealers to remove liability when they finally do call it quits.

      • 0 avatar
        dtremit

        I won’t claim they’re doing anything right, but you can’t blame Mitsubishi NA for product designed, built, and sold in Japan.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Mitsubishi NA actually operates an assembly plant in Normal, IL left over from the Diamond Star venture with Chrysler. This plant assembles Outlander Sport.

          “MMNA’s sole production facility, formerly known as Diamond-Star Motors and then Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, is based in Normal, Illinois, where 1,900 workers are employed building the Outlander Sport model.”

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Motors_North_America

          FUN FACT: MMNA operates 700 dealers throughout North America and the Caribbean.

          700 dealers is insane for a near dead brand…

          “The company manufactures and sells Mitsubishi brand cars and sport utility vehicles through a network of almost 700 dealers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.”

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    It looks like it hit something and knocked the bumper cover off.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Heh. Back in Olden Times, the only covers on bumpers was chrome plating. See how shiny that front bumper is? It’s retro, dude!

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I think, it looks just fine. Not any worse than your RAV4 or CRV. The problem is, it doesn’t do anything special like, lets say, CX5. I can have CX5 with manual – this is special.

      Subaru sells more and more WRXs and Mitsu cutting Lancer Evo? Answer this, how can you screw a project like Evo?

      Galants used to be everywhere. Montero Sport too. Where all these now?

  • avatar
    JLGOLDEN

    After seeing products like the radical new Lexus RX and Nissan Murano, sure…this Mitsu comes across as tame. While Lexus and Nissan can take risks with alien-transporter styling, Mitsu probably does well to focus on core (wider-appeal) products, with traditional profiles. Hence, we get an Outlander which may not immediately turn heads, but it won’t offend, either.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    “the powertrains are carried over” — technically true, but they’re still claiming they’ll introduce the hybrid in the current body this year, no?

  • avatar
    CreepyMayne

    This is one of those vehicles where if the Chinese made a copy, it would probably look better.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    When their cars are as quiet as their showrooms they’ll be onto something.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      And that’s not all! The roof line is still almost horizontal, the rear side windows don’t sweep up to a point to block your view of cars passing you on the right, and the back window sill is still low enough to see a little bit behind you. It’ll never sell.

  • avatar
    Tifighter

    PHEV or GTFO.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    By “new look” they mean “Looks like a Toyota”.

    A relative of mine had one of these as a rental, they had no good words to say on it, just that it was very, very slow.

  • avatar
    TCragg

    The first three photos look like the car was photoshopped onto the backgrounds.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Mitsubishi turned a profit in the NA market last year, for the 1st time in forever. They have an ASSEMBLPLANT HERE! They are not going anywhere anytime soon. They are concentrating on the C/SUV segment. The diminutive Mirage has been sn unexpected hit.

  • avatar

    You have to understand Mitsubishi’s market position. The company clearly is not that interested in competing here in the States, and that’s okay. Mitsubishi just fields a few products (that are also sold elsewhere in the world), and if they happen to sale, great. If not, oh well. Compared to how they sell in the UK (as someone mentioned) and in Asia, we’re a very small blip on their radar.

    As it stands, I’ve had extensive experience with the current Outlander. It’s not a *bad* car, really it isn’t, but it’s not that good either. I would consider its only real competitor to be the Dodge Journey, and in that company, it does just fine…

  • avatar
    LALoser

    Tame the chrome by using grey or black, and it’s good.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You’re one of those people whose weird fetish for dark neutral shades killed colorful interiors in favor of black, gray or tan. You probably don’t like vinyl-trimmed velour in contrasting colors either. Drab, drab, drab!

  • avatar

    Isn’t Government supposed to bail them out to save union jobs? IL is already almost bankrupt state.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Mitsubishi Motors’ parent is a massive industrial, banking, financial services, manufacturing, energy, chemicals, import/export, and food conglomerate with revenue bigger than a hundred nations’ GDP. It doesn’t need a bailout, it’s been shedding US jobs quietly through attrition and starving the US plant of new product. The workers and union hardly notice.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    If you got a pulse, we got a deal for you.
    Roll that 590 FICO score in to our showroom and sign up for 84 months!

  • avatar
    chamar

    I think there is a running bias here by people who haven’t stepped in a Mitsu in 10~15 years.

    I test drove everything from Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Highlander, CRV, Jeep Patriot and Rav4. Outlander was by far the best of the lot to solve my particular problem.

    I keep seeing people here commenting on the noise and rattling, and i didn’t find outlander any different than the rest.

    I have driven teh car 7k km in the past 45 days of ownership and I got no complains. The car has performed brilliantly in the last 3~4 snow storms we had in eastern ontario.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      I drove 4 cyl Outlander 7 years ago and I liked the car and the ridiculous cheap price. Things that I didn’t like – horrible interior and switchgear, and the fact that they must leave USA. 7 years later – they still here. So I did get Highlander and no regrets. I guess, “high” is better than “out”

  • avatar

    I kind of do. The AWC on these is pretty cool and I think they look OK. I prefer the older pre 2014 body style and have one on my list for the next car. Not that high on the list but there. They do need to up the HP on the V6 and rework the interior some more thou.
    AWC info
    http://www.motortrend.com/features/consumer/112_1003_mitsubishi_all_wheel_control_snow_drive/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny2w0ht50TY

    Oddly there was even an auto Jurno who liked the old one enough to buy one.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/automobiles/autoreviews/09BLOCK.html?_r=0

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Outlander: So what’s the diagnosis, doc?

    Doctor: Well, you need a new chassis, new powertrain, new suspension, a ton of marketing, an expanded dealer network and a huge update in content. Also you should probably think about a new shirt.

    Outlander: OK. I think I am just going to do the shirt.

  • avatar
    rustyra24

    I have owned a 3000GT VR4 and a 95 TSI AWD. Both cars required some preventative maintenance but were reliable after fixing the problem areas. I do not hear many bad things about the newer cars. I would say they have been more reliable than the Subarus I have owned.

    I like Mitsubishi just wish they still made performance vehicles that didnt cost 35K. I always wanted an Evo but they are far to expensive for my tastes.

    I think most people just talk trash about Mitsubishi but have never actually driven one. Cost for cost I would way rather own a Mitsubishi than a Toyota or Honda.

  • avatar
    clivesl

    Should’ve been the new Saturn Vue…

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    I have know several people who owned Mitsubishi and all of them were reliable and tough. I put a significant amount of miles in the little Dodge/Mitsu truck way back when. I would drive that and be happy. YMMV

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    There is nothing wrong with the looks of the Outlander but Mitsubishi has fewer dealerships around where I live than it did a few years ago and service and parts are harder to get. Having owned a Mitsubishi product in the past that was my experience of parts being harder to get and more expensive than the competition and few dealers. There are other brands that I would rather have.

  • avatar
    ydnas7

    The UK experience was that the Outlander PHEV was an unexpected success for its dealers. Mitsubishi expanded its dealer base in the UK (dealers were probably expecting to sell more Mirage etc) and then they had a hit with the Outlander PHEV, instead bringing around a different class of customer, a customer with a desirable car for trade in.

    http://www.businesscar.co.uk/news/2015/mitsubishi-leads-uk-plug-in-car-market-in-outlander-phev

  • avatar
    threeer

    Makes me kind of sad as a (more or less) satisfied driver of a 2004 Sportback Ralliart. Mitsu has had some fairly cool vehicles, just not lately. My one biggest complaint about the Sportback is the fact they only sold it with an A/T, but I bought it used to begin with. It was sitting rather forlorn at a dealer’s lot in and amongst the trucks and SUVs, completely overlooked. Admittedly, I get a fair amount of comments (mostly from younger folks) that wonder if it is a “true” Ralliart. It looks the part, if nothing else…and it’s been a great hauler for me when I do doggie-rescue runs.


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