- Three-row crossover with seating for up to seven passengers
- Redesigned last year, but still gets numerous changes for 2015
- Won a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS
Style and fuel economy aren’t only priorities for car shoppers, those in the market for an SUV or crossover have the same expectation and the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander has been constructed to meet them.
Just a year out from a much needed complete redesign that brought new styling, better interior materials, and upgraded fuel economy, the 2015 Outlander gets more changes that include a new Fuse entertainment system with a USB/iPod port and Bluetooth connectivity, increased sound insulation for a quieter ride, and a few exterior tweaks.
From the outside, the Outlander is one of the more unique looking crossovers on the market thanks to its slit-like three-bar grille and a large blacked out lower air intake. The new design also isn’t just for show; it reduced drag by 7-percent which helps fuel efficiency. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, along with HID headlights, automatic windshield wipers, and embedded fog lamps. A power liftgate is standard on SE and GT trims for easier loading and unloading of cargo.
The Outlander’s two powertrain options carryover for 2015. ES and SE models both feature the base engine, a 166-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 162 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a CVT. GT models get a larger, more powerful 224-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 215 pounds-feet of torque and gets a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on the SE and standard on the GT. Front-wheel drive ES and SE models are the most efficient at 25/31 mpg city/highway (AWD SE models get 24/29 mpg), while GT models with the larger engine return 20/28 mpg.
Last year’s redesign brought much needed upgrades to the Outlander’s materials and new styling as well, which modernized a staid cabin. There’s also an impressive amount of standard kit included on every Outlander, especially considering its low base price which puts it within striking distance of smaller crossovers than can only seat five instead of seven. The new aforementioned Fuse entertainment system is standard, along with automatic climate control, cruise control, a 140-watt stereo, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Available technology upgrades include a navigation system, HD radio, and premium stereo.
The Outlander also performed very well in crash testing, earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, which is their highest designation. Three new safety technologies debuted on the Outlander last year, including forward-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warnings. Seven airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control are standard, while a rearview camera is optional.