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OUTLANDER MANAGES A PASSABLE PERFORMANCE

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Mitsubishi had promised more than a mid-cycle refresh of its 2016 Outlander. And it appears the Japanese carmaker has followed through on its pledge with a revamped crossover utility vehicle that touts over 100 engineering and design improvements.
Unfortunately, there is no change in the 2.4-liter, inline-4 cylinder power train, which once again develops 166 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 162 pounds-feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. Getting power to the ground is a fresh but still boisterous Continuous Variable Transmission.
The front fender fascia, halogen headlights, rear fascia, tailgate garnish and LED tail lamps have been refreshed. Step into the cabin to find a redesigned steering wheel, seating surfaces, accent trim and an all-new 6.1-inch navigation and display audio interface. The leatherette/fabric front and rear 60/40 fold-down seats offer sufficient head and leg room. An Eco indicator on the instrument panel can be a convenient fuel saver. The black instrument panel with silver accents conveys elegance found in high-end SUVs. Several amenities are offered such as dual auto climate control, tilt/telescopic leather steering column and shifter knob, HD radio, driver information center, under floor cargo hold, and a rear seat armrest with two cup holders.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, active stability and traction control, hill start assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, anti-theft alarm, front-pedestrian impact crumple zones, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
No doubt, the tweaked Outlander manages just an adequate performance in a composed ride that carries seven safely to their destination. However, a cramped third-row seat and cranky transmission could be a turnoff for some potential buyers.

OUTLANDER SEL
Tires: 225/55R18
Wheelbase: 105.1 inches
Length: 184.8 inches
Weight: 3,340 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 16.6 gallons
City: 25 mpg
Highway: 31 mpg
Base price: $24,995
Web site: www.mitsubishicars.com

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