Overview sourced from AutoBlog:
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a crossover with underpinnings based on the larger Mitsubishi Outlander. It features seating for five-passengers, ample storage, economical engine and transmission, and modern Mitsubishi styling.The Outlander Sport is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, in ES, and SE trims. The standard engine is a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with either a 5-speed manual or a Sportronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Standard features on the Outlander Sport include seven-airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, hill start assist, heated mirrors, body-colored door handles, LED tail lamps, traction control, and a tire-pressure monitor. A chrome tailpipe finisher, chrome beltline molding, Xenon headlights, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated front seats, automatic climate control, HD and satellite radio, and passive entry make the SE trim unique.For 2014, the Outlander Sport SE trim receives additional content, HD radio, rear camera, and a sport-fabric/leather interior.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a new model intended for younger buyers and smaller families. It’s built on the existing Outlander chassis with the same wheelbase, but it’s 14.6 inches shorter overall. Most of that is lost cargo space plus a few inches to rear seat legroom.
We got 27.2 mpg averaging 46 mph during a one-hour run on a two-lane highway in Mexico in the front-wheel-drive Outlander Sport with manual transmission, and 19.7 mpg on the return, driving an all-wheel-drive Sport with CVT and flooring the throttle a few times to pass trucks.
The Outlander Sport doesn’t merely reflect the latest Mitsubishi design, it cookie-cuts it. It’s a Lancer front half with a downsized Outlander SUV back half. It’s a good-looking vehicle, and very clean. The fish face snout takes some getting used to, but that’s easy. It rears its snout with particular zeal in the darker colors. Some will never like it, but it is bold and distinctive. Those who like it will call it a shark nose. Others may compare it to a largemouth bass.
It’s priced attractively, though options such as all-wheel-drive, super-premium sound system with doors designed around the speakers, and navigation will drive the price up. It offers a full complement of safety equipment.
The Outlander Sport is 2 decibels quieter than the Outlander at cruising speeds, with different tires and sound deadening material added to the floor and headliner.
In the back seat there’s 36.3 inches of legroom, which Mitsubishi, showing wild optimism, declares is ample for all passengers. That’s only a half-inch less than the full-size Outlander with the optional third row, but more than 3 inches less than the five-seat Outlander. We’d say 36 inches is about what you might expect from a vehicle this size, but not exactly ample. At least not here in the American West.
The rear seat is a 60/40 that folds flat, and has a fold-down armrest with cupholders when a third passenger isn’t in the middle. The armrest contains a pass-through hole to carry long thin things like javelins. There are adjustable headrests for all passengers.
There’s 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 49.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded flat. That’s great space for most needs, although a family with two kids on a weekend to the beach might not have enough room for all their stuff. The premium package of options includes roofrails, but actual crossbars that make the rails useful will have to come from the aftermarket.
The cargo floormat is reversible, either carpeted or rubber, and the temporary spare is conveniently stored under the cargo floor.
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a worthy contender in the compact crossover segment and has an attractive base price. Its styling is clean and distinctive and the cabin is quiet and has full utility, with sturdy fabric seats. The ride is good and handling fine around town. The 2.0-liter engine with 6-step CVT with manual mode gets good mileage, but it could use some more oomph.
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