2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Pros: Sporty styling and driving personality is distinctive among compact SUVs; optional panoramic glass roof panel; competitive starting price; decent front and rear passenger space

Cons: Middling acceleration with base engine; high noise levels; prices rise quickly as options are added; mediocre overall refinement; bobtail styling compromises cargo space

CG Says: The Mitsubishi Outland Sport has revised styling for 2018. Forward-collision mitigation and lane-departure warning are newly available as part of an option package for the topline SEL model. A 7-inch control screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is now standard on all models. Plus, there is a new-generation CVT automatic transmission with the 2.4-liter engine. The GT model has been dropped. Outlander Sport is a crossover subcompact SUV with seating for five. The engine in base ES trim is a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that mates to a five-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission. All other models have a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission. All trims offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available features include panoramic glass roof panel, keyless access and starting, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. Outlander Sport’s bobtail styling gives it a unique personality, and for the most part, its driving character lives up to the sporty looks. However, its drivetrain behavior isn’t as refined as most class competitors, and its pricing can get rather steep as you add options. Fortunately, most of the factory packages are little more than window dressing and can be easily skipped. If you’re looking for a versatile urban runabout, a modestly equipped Outlander Sport might make some sense.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices ES 2.0: $21,235
AWD ES: $23,935
SE 2.4: $23,835
AWD SE 2.4: $25,335
SEL 2.4: $25,335
AWD SEL 2.4: $26,835

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (ES 2.0)
Horsepower
148
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (SE 2.4, SEL 2.4)
Horsepower
168
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-29

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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