The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the lowest-priced compact crossovers in the segment. Even with a few shortcomings, the Outlander Sport represents strong value. It comes with standard features that are often missing from the competition, even on midgrade trims.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was launched for 2011 as a five-passenger, four-door compact SUV. Drawing inspiration from its big brother, the three-row Mitsubishi Outlander, the smaller Outlander Sport helped usher in a new era of small crossovers.
The base Outlander Sport is powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is offered, and a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine became available starting with the 2015 model year. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
The base 2.0-liter engine is often cited as being underpowered for the Outlander Sport, but the larger 2.4-liter engine does a decent job of moving the compact crossover around. It also delivers good fuel economy when coupled with the CVT.
The base Outlander Sport is equipped with a higher level of standard equipment than much of the competition. Standard features include an audio system with voice recognition and a USB port, as well as keyless entry, cruise control and power windows and locks.
Higher trims benefit from features like a touch-screen audio system, satellite and HD Radio and a rearview camera. Heated front seats, automatic climate control, a moonroof, leather upholstery and a premium audio system are also available.
With exterior dimensions that bridge the subcompact and compact classes, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can be considered alongside a number of small crossovers and SUVs. Subcompact competitors include the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax, while shoppers who want a bit more space may be drawn to the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.