When the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC arrived, I was really excited to start driving it. I got the chance to review the 2015 Outlander SE last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing the difference in the two and comparing them. To test the Outlander, we decided to take it across the state and it did not disappoint. We ended up taking a day-trip to Michigan’s Adventure and not only did we had a great time there, but the Outlander S-AWC made our trip very comfortable.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC is the only CUV in its class with standard 3rd row seating. It comfortably seats 7 passengers, which is honestly perfect for my large family. Did I mention I have 7 siblings? Yup. I honestly loved how spacious and roomy the Outlander was, it did not feel as if we were crammed and everyone had enough room around them.
For our road trip, there were 5 of us total and we were able to fold the 3rd row seating down to easily and effortlessly store away all of our road trip essentials. We had coolers, duffle bags, and lots and lots of snacks. The power remote liftgate made getting everything in and out of the car very easy.
It took us about 3 hours to get to our destination, but we had fun in the Outlander during that time so we didn’t mind being in there for that long. We did stop midway for some gas and a restroom break, but we were honestly jamming out the entire time. The Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC features a premium Rockford-Fosgate® sound that made our trip really enjoyable. The sound was crystal clear with the right amount of bass just how we like it. What I really enjoyed was the FUSE Hands-free Link System® with USB/iPod® port. From the steering wheel I was able to control the music, volume, take calls, and set the cruise control which made driving less distracting.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC features Super All-Wheel Control which gives you maximum control and stability even under changing driving conditions. It has 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels with great traction and a tire pressure monitoring system. We didn’t experience any rain during our time with the Outlander, but I would say that it was a smooth ride overall.
The Outlander also features Eco Mode which is great for fuel efficiency, however I’m not really a big fan of the way the Mitsubishi cars accelerate while on eco mode. It’s slow to accelerate when I’m trying to merge on the highway and increase my speed in a short period of time, however this mode can be switched to “normal” in the settings, so I didn’t have to worry about it. It is great on gas though and I only had to fill up on gas once during my week and that’s because we took a trip across the state, so in my opinion that’s pretty amazing!
Some safety features included are the anti-theft security alarm system and engine immobilizer, the child safety rear door locks and LATCH child-restraint system, ABS, Active Stability Control, Traction Control Logic, and the three-point seatbelt and head restraints. The Outlander also features 7 standard airbags including drivers knee airbag, front seat-mounted side airbags, and an advanced dual-stage- SRS from airbag.
Lastly, my favorite things about the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC are that the driver’s seat is adjustable in 6-ways and the passenger seat is adjustable in 4-ways. The seats in the back split down 60/40 with slide and reclining adjustments making your passengers as comfortable as they can be and also included is a fold-down cup holder. In the 3rd row, the seats split down 50/50 and there are cupholders and extra storage space in the 3rd row as well. Another thing I wanted to mention was how cool I thought the 2nd row seats actually fold down. It’s a process and I’ve never seen seats fold down in this manner but it’s really neat!