Before our daughter joined our family, we decided to upgrade our mid-size four-door sedan to a very comfortable mini-van. Yes, I was that soccer mom, driving the mini van and I loved it! Unfortunately, we didn’t like the gas-gobbling engine that came with it, so we decided to move to a more economical option and purchased our very first SUV. Although, I am happy with my compact-size SUV, I do miss the third-row option my old mini-van had and after having had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL for a week, I miss it even more. You see the comfortable, slick looking inside & out, economical, and affordable 7-seat 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL has everything a family with young kids is looking for. So, if you are looking for any of the features I just described, grab a seat and check out what we liked about this amazing, economical and affordable machine.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL SUV
In my opinion, the Outlander aims to be an affordable option for families, but this doesn’t mean that Mitsubishi wants you to settle for less. Oh, no! By the images in here, you can see that the Outlander is not a flashy car, but I am sure that you can see is that it packs a lot of style both inside & out. Under the hood, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL is powered by a 2.4L MIVEC SOHC 16-Valve Inline 4-Cylinder engine. Personally, the 4-cyclinder engine didn’t bother me at all, I was actually quite impressed with the handling of the car once you are at cruising speed. However, I would love for the Outlander to have a little bit more of a pick-up, especially when entering into heavy traffic.
Moving to the inside of the Outlander. As I mentioned above, the Outlander is not a flashy car, but its interior is stylish and to the point. The SEL trim that we drove came equipped with steering wheel mounted audio controls, navigation system, rearview, and radio all-in-one system, leather seats (the good kind of leather seats), 8-way power adjustable seat for the driver, 4-way adjustable seat for the passengers, front dual-zone climate control, heated driver and passenger seats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and carpeted floor mats.
The SEL also has leather-wrapped doors, armrest, and trim panel insert. Now, let’s talk about the second and third-row seating. Let’s begin with the second-row. The second-row seats split 60/40 and it features independent slide and reclining adjustments. Now, the third-row seat is a different story. To access the third-row seats, you have to fold and most likely, slide one of the second-row seats forward. The third-row seats do slip 50/50 and can be folded down completely, but not before removing the head rest, to give you more space to haul things. Both my 11-year old and 9-year old boys sat on the third-row seats and were satisfactory comfortable. Having said that, I think the third-row bench is better off for kids and not adults.
Now, let’s talk about our favorite features from the Outlander. To be honest, I have never driven an Outlander before, so I was quite impressed with some of the safety features available in the SEL. The SEL trim package included forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. If I was impressed with the safety features, my husband was beyond impressed with the 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system with 9 speakers including a 10-inch dual-voice subwoofer with Punch control, DTS neural surround, premiDIA-Wide surround and Dolby volume. And we both loved the navigation, auto headlight, rain sensing wipers, power remote liftgate, FAST-key passive entry system with a panic alarm feature, power windows with the driver’s side up/down feature, one-touch start/stop engine switch, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, and power glass sunroof. If that wasn’t enough, my ultimate favorite feature is the convenient power folding side-view mirrors.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL SUV Short Tour video
With all of its standard options, including its ECO Drive Support System, optional features in the SEL trim and priced under $35K, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander makes a great and safe option for busy families with young kids. To learn more about the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, please visit the Mitsubishi Cars Webpage here.
Disclosure: The Mitsubishi Outlander was provided to us to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are strictly my own and not influenced by anything or anyone.