The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact crossover vehicle that is essentially a smaller version of the SUV Outlander. While the Outlander is a seven-seater, the Outlander Sport is a five-seater vehicle. The car is actually a part of the third-generation Recreational Vehicle Runner (RVR) that was launched in 1991.
The current Outlander Sport was introduced in the Japanese market on February 17, 2010. It was released a bit later in the United States. Its design is based on the Mitsubishi Concept-cX prototype that was exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. Along with its exterior design, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shares many other components with its bigger sibling, the Outlander. This demonstrates the company’s decision to return its focus to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Despite the similarities to the bigger Outlander, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is still a distinct vehicle in its own right. The body is redesigned, and a more fuel-efficient engine is placed along with a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available in two trim levels: base model ES and top-end SE.
Body Styles: compact crossover SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission
Models: ES, SE
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is brand-new for the 2011 model year.
The exterior of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is similar to its bigger sibling, but its distinctive small size as well as front and rear shape, mark a small difference.
The interior and performance are completely different for the Outlander Sport and Outlander. The theme of the cabin, with the addition of chrome and dark colors, is reminiscent of the Lancer. The overall quality of the cabin is quite good and the switches are kept simple. However, you can still see some plastic parts here and there.
The ES trim model of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is fitted with standard features, like a 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, heated outside mirrors, four-speaker stereo with USB input and CD playback, Fuse voice activation, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. This trim model only comes with a five-speed manual transmission gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.
The SE trim model of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport includes features like six-speaker stereo, upgraded upholstery, second-row armrest with pass-through in the center, sliding armrest between front seats, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, automatic wipers, fog lights, automatic xenon headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. A five-speed manual transmission gearbox comes standard with the SE trim, but an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox is also available. The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE is also available with front-wheel drive (standard) or all-wheel drive (optional). The all-wheel drive mode allows the driver to choose among three driving modes for better traction.
Performance & Handling
Both trim levels of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport have the same engine under the hood: a 2.0-liter straight-four engine that delivers 148 hp of power and 145 lb-ft of torque. With manual transmission, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can go from standstill to 60 within 9 seconds, which is reasonable for its class. However, the more commonly installed CVT gearbox is bound to bring performance down.
On the other hand, the all-wheel drive presents a different story. The engine is still not powerful, but the electronic all-wheel drive is able to deliver the power to every wheel appropriately, and give it better handling and performance. Steering is quite smooth and body rolls are absent.
Overall, the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a smooth and quiet ride, whether it is a front-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with front-wheel drive is unexceptional. The two-liter straight-four engine borrowed from the Lancer lacks punch or peppiness. The acceleration is decent, but turning and maneuvering the engine immediately gives the sense of vehicle not having enough power. Handling is not good either, with substantial body roll happening.
The vehicle is also priced very competitively. It costs around $2,000 less than the full-sized Outlander does, but it still lacks the punch and finish found in other compact crossovers.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with standard safety features, like front side airbags, driver’s knee airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel ABS, traction control, hill start assist and stability control.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 25/31 mpg city/highway
- Quiet cabin
- Attractive price tag
- Great exterior styling
You Won't Like
- Power is insufficient
- Handling is not conducive to sport utility vehicle expectations
- Drive is unexceptional
- Cargo capacity is limited
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is shorter and smaller than the Outlander SUV, and it makes no pretense of being an off-roader. The focus of this car is only on delivering a fun on-road experience, and it does achieve this, to an extent. Therefore, this car is better driven by young enthusiasts who care less about the overall power of the engine, and instead focus on how well the vehicle utilizes it.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has good fuel economy, a high build quality, and a low-performance engine. Therefore, it is unlikely to need many repairs or spare parts if you service it regularly. []
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