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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/18/2015 Megan Stewart
Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The current Mitsubishi Outlander debuted for the U.S. market in model-year 2014, but the automaker has decided to give the SUV another design overhaul for 2016. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander features the new "Dynamic Shield" design language, giving the model a more aggressive look. A refined interior and updated infotainment and safety technology add to the changes, along with an improved chassis and drivetrain. However, does the new design look too similar to other SUVs on the market to stand out from the crowd?

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Front Three Quarter Motion Hp© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Front Three Quarter Motion Hp

The front end features a lot of new components, like the redesigned grille that sort of reminds us of Lexus' spindle grille. The lights flow with the new shape of the grille, and are angled up toward the side mirrors instead of the boxy design of the outgoing model. The standard halogen headlights have been updated and now feature LED park lights. The foglights have also been updated, and are now squared off at the bottom of the grille on either side. New front fenders complete the front end look.

The side profile hasn't been changed, but the rear end has been significantly redesigned. The taillights are now horizontal and not stacked like the previous model. The character line running the width of the liftgate has been shortened and cleaned up and now features a chrome accent just above the Mitsubishi badge and license plate. The rear bumper now wraps the reflectors in the bumper vertically, whereas the outgoing model featured them side by side.

Inside, the changes are less noticeable than the exterior. The Outlander now uses more soft-touch materials, a redesigned steering wheel, new accent trim on the doors and dash, as well as upgraded seats and headliner. The layout for the infotainment system and the controls have remained untouched, but the system has been updated to the latest Mitsubishi Multi Communication System.

While the changes to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander may not be as dramatic as a full redesign, the refresh brings one of Mitsubishi's best sellers a little more up to date. What do you think of the Outlander's new look? Let us know in the comments below.

The 2016 Mini Clubman was the spotlight of last week's Refreshing or Revolting, and comments were split right down the middle.

"Refreshing. And they finally moved the speedometer to where it belongs. Some drivers will still find the center post in their rear view mirror annoying. I still like the looks of the outgoing model," said giallofly.

"Revolting simply because they have gotten too big and are not mini anymore," said Seva25.

"Refreshing, although those taillights look odd," said Monsterized.

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