For 2015, the Mitsubishi Outlander adds hands-free Bluetooth connectivity as a standard feature across all models. Those models include the base ES, mid-level SE, and dress-up GT trim levels, and we think the SE offers the best bang for the buck.
Audio systems start with the base 140-watt system in ES models—capable of displaying a limited number of character and information but sounding fine and having a simple layout with traditional volume and tuning knobs. The SE and GT get a new touch-display audio system with 6.1-inch color display. It relies on touching areas of the screen for pretty much everything—although a more intuitive layout and larger screen ‘buttons’ make it a step ahead of the systems offered in both Toyotas and Subarus. Above that, a navigation system with seven-inch touch screen is optional; it includes Eco Routing, 3D map views, and HD Radio traffic data, and can also pull up album art for audio through connected devices or inserted via an SD card.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander SE models get heated front seats, FAST-Key passive entry, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, a touch-screen audio system with rearview camera, FUSE HandsFreeLink, HD Radio, and a USB port. On these models, you can get the S-AWC 4WD system, or get a Premium Package (leather upholstery, power sunroof, satellite radio, power driver’s seat, power tailgate, and woodgrain finish) or a Touring Package (those features plus navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning).
At the base ES level, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander includes heated side mirrors, steering-wheel audio controls, rear-seat heated ducts, automatic climate control, a multi-information display, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, and a six-speaker, 140-watt sound system. The only catch in the ES’s appeal is that there’s no standard Bluetooth, and it comes with steel wheels and plasticky-looking hubcaps—but that could be remedied with a visit to your favorite aftermarket shop, perhaps.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Outlander GT gets the V-6, with the six-speed automatic, steering-wheel paddle-shifters, and all-wheel drive, plus HID headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. The Premium and Touring packages are also offered here.
Unlike some of the systems on the market (in the Subaru Forester, for example), the Outlander’s mechanism doesn’t allow for a memory setting (for low garage clearance). It’s packaged along the side of the cargo area, though, and out of the way of the hatch opening.