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Best vehicle for entertaining the kids
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander © Mitsubishi

Best vehicle for entertaining the kids

  • 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Starting price: $22,995

No one wants to hear "Are we there yet," so it's helpful to have things inside the car to keep the kids busy.

In addition to the restyled exterior, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has a made-over interior with new seating surfaces and a 60/40-split folding rear seat with independent slide and reclining adjusters so you can separate the kids and still keep them comfortable.

There's also a 50-50-split third row for additional passengers, but it folds flat to provide more cargo space, while the under-floor storage in the rear will come in handy to keep valuables out of sight.

It has an optional rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch DVD monitor, two sets of wireless headphones and an auxiliary video input.

Occupants will enjoy a smoother ride, thanks to increased body and suspension structural rigidity, redesigned suspension and more sound insulation, as well as a noise-isolating windshield and rear door glass.

The driver will appreciate the 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine that can get up to 31 mpg on the highway, and the new continuously variable transmission, which improves acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery.


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