The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gives a sporty edge to the stylish compact SUV. A 148-hp 2.0-liter MIVEC engine is standard on all vehicles, boasting up to 30 highway miles per gallon. Every Outlander Sport comes with 18-inch aluminum-alloy or chrome-alloy wheels with P225/55R18 all-season tires. The heated power side view mirrors, rear wiper and window defroster with timer, and flat-type wiper blades, and available All-Wheel Control improves handling in the most challenging conditions and help this vehicle excel in the elements. In the cabin, comfort is key. A 6-way adjustable driver's seat, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and height-adjustable front shoulder belt anchors allow you to drive your way. Power windows and locks and steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio controls make life easy. The available 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system and rearview camera, along with standard SiriusXM and HD Radio can also be had with a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system with 9 speakers. With the Outlander Sport's available panoramic glass roof, even the rear seats can have a front row view of the sky, measuring an impressive 4 feet in length by 3.2 feet across. Electric Power Steering, a seven-airbag safety system, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and Hill Start Assist highlight the Outlander Sport's safety features. Also included are 3-point seatbelts for all 5 seating positions, a tire pressure monitoring system, and child-safety rear door locks. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a highly-customizable vehicle with many options and packages. It is a safe, viable vehicle for a small family, and is also space-efficient, comfortable, and very maneuverable.
Only minor changes happen going into the 2017 model year. The base ES gets new cloth upholstery, all models get automatic climate control and a shark-fin roof antenna while the 2.4L engine is no longer available on ES models or the front-wheel drive GT trim so those come with only the base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered FWD with 4 trims, the ES, SE, SEL and LE while the AWC model comes in ES, SE, SEL, GT and LE trims. The standard engine in ES and LE trims is a 148-horsepower, 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. A 168-horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder is standard on the SE, SEL and GT. On 2-wheel-drive ES models, a 5-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional and standard on all other Outlander Sports.
All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, and the system, which is geared toward improved traction on slippery roads, includes a separate 2WD mode for improved fuel efficiency.
The Outlander Sport is laid out more as a tall car than as a traditional utility vehicle, and with responsive, quick-ratio electric power steering it drives more like a sporty hatchback on the road. It maneuvers well and parks easily in the city, and CVT models offer steering-wheel paddle-shifters that lets the driver toggle between six simulated gears.
Inside, the Outlander Sport has space for five. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward, while back-seat occupants get a fold-down padded armrest. There's also a trunk pass-through for skis and longer items.
All Outlander Sport models include Mitsubishi's FUSE connectivity system for hands-free cellphone use, as well as a USB port for cellphone or iPod control, plus steering-wheel audio controls. The standard sound system has 140 watts and four speakers. Other standard features on the ES include rear LED tail lamps, a trip computer, air conditioning and rear heat ducts. SE models add a 6-speaker system, automatic climate control, HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, and push-button engine start. The GT trim includes chrome exterior accents, integrated turn signals in the mirrors, a power driver's seat, roof rails and aluminum pedals.
Top options on the Outlander Sport include a navigation system with real-time traffic data plus music-server storage; a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer; Sirius XM satellite radio; and a panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED lighting.
On the safety front, all models include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, Hill Start Assist, active front headrests and a driver knee bag in addition to a full set of frontal and side airbags.