Mitsubishi is trying to push its way onto your shopping list by virtue of the Outlander's standard third-row seat (rare among small SUVs), its temptingly low base price, and some big discounts on the showroom floor. That might make the Outlander seem like a lot of car for the money, but don't be fooled. This is not a competitive model.
Despite a few updates for 2016, the Outlander feels old enough to have been cast in a "Friends" episode. Compared with the best in this class, the Outlander is almost the bottom feeder (the lowly Jeep Cherokee gets that honor).
The Outlander now has a slightly improved ride, it's quieter than it used to be, and it ekes out slightly zippier acceleration and better fuel economy -- a competitive 24 mpg.