2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

Let’s just get this out of your way: The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may be the worst car in its class. It is not well-built, it’s not fun to drive, its base engine is slow, and it is generally not impressive in any other way. To be considered as bad, it would need to be improved. Don’t believe us? Take a look at what other consumers have to say about it. Toyota sells 10 RAV4s for every Outlander Sport that leaves the lot. Outlander Sport is so rare that Mitsubishi used a Hyundai/Kia-style 100,000 mile powertrain warranty to get them off the dealer lot. The Outlander Sport is a small-crossover vehicle that competes with the best. If you are looking for an SUV of this size, the Mazda CX-3, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Kona will all be better.

What’s new for 2020?

Although it is still based on the same platform as it has been using since 2011, Outlander Sport saw significant improvements in 2020. It has been redesigned inside and out. The soft edges of its previous styling have been replaced with sharper, more deliberate lines in its nose, headlamps, and taillights. The new 18-inch wheel design is available, as well as LED taillights and headlights and daytime running lamps across the range. New climate control knobs are added to the interior. Some trims have an additional inch to their infotainment screen, bringing it up to 8.0 inches. The Outlander Sport’s base cost will be $1550 more with the new styling. There is some content and trim changes for 2020. Mitsubishi has removed the LE trim and added driver aids such as forward-collision warnings and lane departure warnings to the SE trim. Another manual transmission is in trouble. Mitsubishi has killed the base ES five-speed and added a suite of driver aids including forward-collision warning and lane departure warning to the SE trim. The Outlander Sport line will remain all CVT. The soul-sucking groans can be heard all the way to Eisenhower Place.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

Buy the cheapest one. You don’t need extravagance, speed or driver satisfaction if you are looking for an Outlander Sport. We get that you are looking for a compact, affordable crossover. The Outlander’s trims don’t look fancy and Mitsubishi’s efforts to make the truckle more appealing are not very successful. You might want to spend as little money as possible so we recommend the ES trim.

Performance, Transmission and Engine

There are two powertrain options for the Outlander Sport. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine is extremely slow. The 2.4-liter, which adds 20 HP, is more expensive and has a lower fuel economy. The engines are paired with an unrefined continuously variable auto transmission (CVT). The 2.4-liter Outlander Sport was tested and achieved a 7.9 second trip from zero to 60 mph. This is faster than many top-ranked competitors. The Outlander Sport is not sporty but it will get you to your destination without any drama. It has some body roll around corners, but it doesn’t feel unstable or tippy. Average for its class, the Outlander Sport’s brake distances are good. It will initially feel a bit soft when you push the pedal but it becomes firmer under more intense braking.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

The Outlander Sport’s EPA ratings are lower than its modern counterparts, regardless of whether you go for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder base model or the optional 2.4 liter variant. The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. In both categories, the all-wheel-drive version is 1 mpg lower. The 2.4-liter engine is capable of achieving 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. All-wheel drive can achieve 1 mpg more on the highway. On our 200-mile test route, the 2.0-liter Outlander Sport AWD achieved 28 mpg. The optional 2.4-liter engine with all wheel drive returned 26 MPG in the same test.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Although the Outlander Sport’s trims are marginally better, large amounts of black plastic and an uninspired dashboard design create a bargain-basement environment. There are no leather seats. Red stitching is added to GT trims to spice things up. The Mitsubishi’s poor cabin environment is unavoidable, no matter what price you pay. The Outlander Sport’s exterior footprint is small, but it can’t match the rear-seat space of rivals like the Honda HRV and the Kia Soul. Although there is enough space for two people to sit comfortably back there, the legroom is not very generous. Although the Outlander Sport’s split-folding 60/40 back seats can be folded flat to form a cargo floor, it can’t carry as many as its competitors. Although the Outlander Sport has a deep center console, it doesn’t have many storage options. The spare tire occupies the entire underfloor storage area in the cargo area. There are also no rear-seat passenger door pockets.

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