According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has undergone such vital changes in its design and engineering that it almost ôdrives like an entirely new vehicle. Let's see if the claim is true, and also, which of the two cars gives the best value for your money. Should you just go with the latest version right away or weigh it thoroughly with the older version before you decide anything? This majorly depends upon what you want from the vehicle. The following article attempts to sketch a quick comparison between the two versions in order to help you with your decision.
The 2016 Outlander features such a vastly different exterior than its predecessor that a quick glance might suggest that it has undergone a complete redesign which is actually not true. Considering the vital changes that shine through the brand new exterior, the 2016 Outlander feels significantly different. Some of the new features include LED headlights and running lights, a new grille and a new bumper.
Apart from the flashy exterior though, rest of the things are fairly unchanged. The interior seems to have been entirely carried over from the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander offering the same materials, switchgear, steering wheel and controls. The only major update is a revised infotainment interface.
Just like the interior, there seem to be no major changes in the performance as well. The power-trains stay exactly the same and so do both the engines offered in different variants. The base level engine is the same 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder one producing 166 hp. The stronger engine, available in the more upscale versions, is also exactly the same 3 liter V6 offering 224 hp.
Features & Technology
Here again, we don't observe any major differences between the two versions except that the newer one has played around with the features and shuffled them up a bit in order that the line-up can be more easily understood. Also, a new SEL trim level is introduced, the rest is pretty much the same. The only changes that capture the attention are LED headlights, running lights and brake lights. Plus, the infotainment system has been revised and upgraded too. The rest of the features, including forward-collision alert system and adaptive cruise control, are carried over unaltered into the 2016 Outlander.
Since there is no major change in the steering, power-trains or suspension in the newer version, the driving experience also stays virtually the same, with an average acceleration and handling. Apart from that, Mitsubishi claims that it has worked on sound deadening in the latest model resulting in a quieter cabin. However, the noise difference is not much stark when you compare the two models.
The crash test scores for both National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are excellent for the 2015 Outlander, and they are not expected to vary much for its latest counterpart. Besides this, both feature 7-airbag safety system, hill start assist, traction and stability control and antilock disc brakes. This makes them pretty equal competitors when it comes to safety concerns.
Apart from some stylistic revisions, Outlander has remained almost virtually intact. If you prefer affordability over a sharper exterior, then the 2015 Outlander will be your best pick. If you are anywhere near Allentown, please visit Kelly Car to test drive this vehicle.
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