The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2016 is versatile, has a spacious layout, a good dash layout and has nimble/responsive handling. On the other hand, the interior looks cheap, driving on the highway is sluggish and we are faced with a little too much noise while cruising.
What is really interesting is that although we see that “Sport” label, the SUV is not actually that sporty. It is better for the value-minded buyer. What is traded is an unrefined operation when at higher speeds. However, the price tag is pretty good at just around $20,000.
The trims that are available include the base ES level, the SE and the SEL versions. We also have a higher end GT model spec that you can opt for.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport now offers an interior space that is quite common to the compact hatchbacks. What we have is a brand new design for the nose, known as Dynamic Shield. It is close to the Outlander design. The harmony is lower than what we see with a larger SUV. The problem is that most of the SUV is exactly as it was with the older model. This means that lines look dated. Value is definitely seen as more important than fresh design.
The interior features small upgrades to trim materials, features, upholstery and plastics. Besides these the cabin is right on a drab side. It is closer to economy sedans than to the modern SUVs. We only see some soft touch materials in dash padding.
The Outlander Sport will win a lot on the packaging. There is much more room inside than what the buyer will expect and the fact that the size is compact.
You can buy the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2 engine versions. What is option with both is AWD. You can only get the manual 5 speeds manual gearbox on a 2.0 ES base model. The other versions include CVT (continuously variable transmission).
The problem is that with the 148 HP inline-4 2.0 liter version we do not have great results as there is a clear lack of responsiveness and acceleration. CVT actually stands out as being disappointing. Only the 168 hp 2.4 engine offers a better performance. Even then we have a problem since the fuel economy is sub-par.
Positives appear when on the road in corners since the feel is responsive and light. You can consider the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2016 if you pressure maneuverability and compactness.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2016 is basically not that great. It has its advantages and there are some points of interest that will be of high interest for the buyer. If these are the ones that draw you towards the SUV, the price tag is pretty great.