Looking to build on one of its modest success stories from the 2014 model year, Mitsubishi brings some notable new content to the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander, yet raises the MSRP by a mere $200. The new starting point of $23,195 keeps the Outlander nestled nicely between the price of a seven-seat Nissan Rogue ($23,980) and a seven-seat Dodge Journey ($21,190), but with an even stronger package of standard goodies.
Thus, even the starter model of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander comes fresh from the factory with:
- The brand's "FUSE" Hands-Free Link System with USB port and Bluetooth calling (new)
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob (new)
- NVH refinements including more sound insulation, retuned suspension settings and a recalibrated continuously variable transmission (new)
- Contrast-stitched fabric seating surfaces (new)
- A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that serves up 166 hp, 162 lb.-ft. of torque, and EPA grades of 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway/27 mpg combined
- Six-speaker audio
- Automatic climate control with filter
- Second-row heat ducts
- Heated outside mirrors
There are also a few enhancements sprinkled through the rest of the lineup, like LED taillights, a new "leatherette" interior, a fresh 18-inch wheel design, and silver/black roof rails (depending on model). The exterior then sees restyled design cues, highlighted by revisions to the front grille, bumpers, wheel-arch trim and fog-light bezels.
As was the case with the 2014 model, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander continues to offer a premium V6 engine choice worth 224 hp, along with the automaker's "Super All-Wheel Control" all-wheel-drive setup, premium audio from Rockford Fosgate, and typical technologies like navigation and a rearview camera system.
Further, safety-minded customers should remember that, when configured with the brand's forward-collision system, the 2014 Outlander was one of just a handful of small SUVs to earn Top Safety Pick+ recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Unless the Institute revises its criteria again, the properly equipped 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander should keep that designation, too.
Drivers can look for the Outlander to land in dealerships a little later this year.