The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Isn’t The Best Out There, But It Offers Some Impressive Features
Mitsubishi isn’t exactly on the winning streak right now. They are trying hard to keep their vehicle line up strong but the old generation cars with just slight redesigns don’t have much chance of getting the most of market. However, one of only a few Mitsubishi vehicles that can be considered competitive on the market is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander. With strong market presence, rather nice exterior and good enough tech underneath the metal, the 2015 Outlander is still a powerful enough brand followed by a large enough crowd to keep it running a few years more.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t much different in comparison with the car from the year before. It is still a three row seater (one of only a few in the class) and it certainly tries to use that advantage as much as it can. As a matter of fact, in spite of its three row seating, the rear seats are somewhat small, uncomfortable and cramped so they are best suited for short term use. Really, the only ones who will ever feel comfortable back there are children (and young children that is). Nevertheless, on paper it says that this is a three row crossover and that is how we are going to call it.
On the styling front, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t exactly the most appealing thing on four wheels, but it is fairly subtle, conservative and elegant in its own odd way. We cannot say that it looks bad, but with the front end looking like it’ll start crying at any moment, the Outlander definitely isn’t as aggressive as basically every new similarly sized crossover/SUV. The rear end features well known elements that were introduced by Mitsubishi a long time ago. Luckily, the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will reach the market in the year 2015 and it will feature much more upscale exterior look which is in line with the design requirements of today.
Same thing, however, cannot be said for the interior where seven inch central screen gives the Outlander’s interior a somewhat modern appearance. It seems that the whole central part of the dashboard has been slightly tilted toward the driver thus giving the Outlander a sporty appearance inside. Interestingly, only three trim levels are available (ES, SE and GT), with two additional packages (Touring and Premium). As it turns out, the entry level car is equipped with nice elements, but it lacks the modern equipment such as keyless entry, dual-zone A/C, heated front seats, LED taillights, shifter on the wheel, wood trim inside, rain-sensing wipers, navigation system, a 7-inch touchscreen display and adaptive cruise control just to mention a few. All of this, of course can be had on the upper trims which means that the 2015 Outlander is just an average equipped car with only a few extras that separate it from the others.
Same goes for the drivetrain! The entry level and SE trimmed cars are powered by a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine (166 HP and 162 lb ft of torque) and two wheel drive. Many find this engine and drive combo insufficient but the three liter V6 with 225 HP and 215 lb ft of torque available in the 2015 Outlander GT certainly betters the things, at least slightly. Also, the four wheel drive is available for the SE, standard for the GT, while the two wheel drive is the only drive layout available for the entry level ES.