Danielle Assenheimer

Lack Luster: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Ever since the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo production ended with no replacement in sight, we haven’t wanted to do much with Mitsubishi. We finally relented and decided it was time to take a spin in their entry-level crossover and best selling model, the Outlander Sport.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 1

There are quite a few standard features like LED taillights, color LCD driver’s display, automatic climate control and a 7-inch center touchscreen. As nice as Mitsubishi claims the standard features are, the demerits cannot go unnoticed. There’s an endless amount of hard plastics, poor fitment, and a disappointing ride quality. If you’re looking for something with more space and refinement, consider the all-new Eclipse Cross or Outlander. The Outlander Sport has not seen a full redesign since 2011. That leaves it at a severe disadvantage when you take into account consider its competition – the Subaru Crosstrek,  Honda HR-V, and Jeep Compass. They’re all vehicles that have come out subsequent to 2011. Some have even been redesigned since then.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 3

Despite the setbacks, the Outlander Sport is not all bad. It comes standard with the 2.4-liter four cylinder that provides 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque and paired with a CVT transmission. Obviously it’s not the fastest, but has enough power. We were pleasantly surprised. The gas mileage is rated 23/28 in front-wheel drive and, over the course of the week, we got 26 mpg. It’s fairly decent considering its size. Our loaded SEL model came equipped with AWC, or All-Wheel Control.  With the push of a button, equipped Outlander Sport models can switch in and out of all-wheel drive based on conditions.

The Outlander Sport has its fair share of quirks. When selecting the A/C, air circulator or rear defroster, the beeping that accompanies sounds like your local checkout line at the grocery store. There’s also the funky LED lighting surrounding the moon roof. It’s a nice touch, but lacks a little refinement. That moon roof, and a suite of advanced safety systems, are part of the new Touring Package.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 5

Mitsubishi’s most popular vehicle has its endearing qualities but it’s time their R&D crew got together and get a redesign out there very soon. If you’re in the market for a crossover and your heart is set on a Mitsubishi, think about the Outlander Limited Edition instead. There’s even a new PHEV, if you’re into that kind of thing.

-Danielle Assenheimer

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC
$25,895
Touring Package $2,000
Tonneau Cover $150
Carpeted Floor Mats $125
Destination Charges $940
As Tested MSRP $29,110

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