Low price; tidy dimensions; adult-friendly back seat; agreeable ride quality; lots of standard equipment
Noisy and underpowered engine; unpleasant CVT; scant cargo capacity
The Outlander Sport SE gets a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, while the optional navigation system receives revised software and a new 7-in high-definition touchscreen.
Considering the standard kit Mitsubishi includes with every Outlander Sport, we'd be tempted to stick with the manual-transmission ES. It's nicely equipped for around $20,000. Once you get up into the mid-$20,000s, there are many other appealing options.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered in ES and SE trim levels.
The ES ($20,295) starts with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, the FUSE voice-command system for phones and music devices and a 4-speaker audio system with USB connectivity.
The SE ($23,420) adds xenon headlamps, fog lights, keyless entry with push-button ignition, heated front seats, a sliding center armrest, automatic climate control, a 6.1-in touchscreen with a rearview camera and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
Notable options include an iPod adapter and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a 7-in touchscreen. There is a Premium package for SE models that adds a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, a power driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 9-speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with a subwoofer, a 6-CD changer and satellite radio.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Kia Soul -- More of a tall wagon than a crossover, the redesigned Soul brings funky style and a healthy technology roster of its own -- and it's cheap, too.
Hyundai Tucson -- The Tucson is similarly compact, but it offers a larger 2.4-liter engine that provides better acceleration.
Mazda CX-5 -- The CX-5 is a bit more expensive, but with its excellent road manners and nice cabin, it's a strong rival to high-end versions of the Outlander Sport.