The Outlander Sport enters its sophomore season in Mitsubishi's lineup as a shorter variation of the model it shares a name with. Like its longer sibling, the Sport has competition from the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. However the Sport's fuel economy may be appealing enough to pull some prospective customers away from the competition.
The Sport is offered in an ES and SE trim and is stocked with a 2.0-liter inline-4, the only option available. Paired to a continuously variable transmission, the 2.0-liter engine is rated for 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The ES rolls along on 16-inch steel wheels but an alloy version is an available option. The SE gets 18-inch alloy wheels as well as a few more bells and whistles compared to the base ES.
Body style: SUV
Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
Model: ES, SE
With the Outlander Sport joining Mitsubishi's lineup in 2011 there are not significant changes for 2012.
Mitsubishi's compact crossover comes dressed in two trim levels, the ES and an upper-level version dubbed the SE. Standard exterior features on the ES include heated outside mirrors and 16-inch steel wheels while alloys are an available option. The SE version gets 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, and fog lights. An additional Exterior package adds an aluminum fuel door and other minor aerodynamic accents.
The Outlander Sport's interior has never been the flashiest in the segment. However, the front seats are big enough to accommodate occupants of all shapes and sizes. This is made possible with ergonomically friendly seats and plenty of head and legroom. Unlike the longer Outlander, the Sport has a steering wheel that both telescopes and tilts. Rear seating is a little more cramped then upfront but is still manageable. Like the front seats the buttons and controls are ergonomically friendly and relatively simple to interact with. Where the Sport makes up for in comfort it lacks in cargo room, with just 49.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, definitely on the small side for a vehicle in this segment.
Performance & Handling
A 2.0-liter inline-4 engine rated at 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque is the only powerplant offered for the Outlander Sport. A five-speed manual gearbox is the norm on the ES model while a continuously-variable transmission is an option on both models and standard on the SE. Keeping pace with the regular Outlander model all-wheel-drive features three different modes to bolster traction and can spring into action at the drivers discretion. The EPA rates the Outlander's fuel economy as 24 city/31 highway on the ES and 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway on the SE.
Standard safety features include front side, side curtain, and driver-side knee airbags. Anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and hill start assist are also standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
ES: 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway
SE: 24-25 mpg city/29-31 mpg highway
You Won't Like
- Engine power
Lack of cargo room
Sitting in back of the class with its head down
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