Low price; tidy dimensions; adult-friendly back seat; agreeable ride quality; decent amount of standard equipment
Noisy and underpowered base engine; unpleasant CVT; scant cargo capacity
Restyling at the front and rear, bringing LED running lights to the higher trims. Mitsubishi says it has worked at reducing noise, vibration and harshness to make the ride quieter. The infotainment system receives a 7-inch touchscreen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone interfaces. The center console has a new design, and so does the shift lever. There's also a new-for-2018 optional Touring package that brings some advanced driver aids. The GT version (previously the top trim level) has been dropped, resulting in some equipment being reshuffled. See the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models for sale near you
At these prices, the 2.4 SEL is probably affordable. Better to have the gutsier engine and equipment. Consider the Touring package for the extra safety features as well. However, your ideal small crossover might lie beyond the confines of a Mitsubishi dealership.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered in 2.0 ES, 2.0 LE, 2.4 SE and 2.4 SEL trim levels.
The 2.0 ES ($21,235) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, LED taillights, heated mirrors, power accessories, automatic climate control, cruise control, tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat, voice command for phones and music devices, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split folding rear seats, rearview camera, a 7-in touchscreen and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, USB connectivity and HD radio.
The 2.0 LE ($23,435) adds fog lights, LED running lights, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2.4 SE ($23,835) has the larger engine and CVT, plus keyless entry/ignition, dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
The 2.4 SEL ($25,335) brings rain-sensing wipers, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, leather seating surfaces, sliding rear center armrest, power-folding mirrors, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, aluminum pedals, steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles, black roof rails and a self-dimming rearview mirror.
Some of the fancier standard features in the higher trims are optional in the lower levels.
The Touring package is available in the SEL trim, bringing a panoramic sunroof, forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, automatic on/off high beams and a 9-speaker/710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system (bear in mind that this setup's subwoofer cuts cargo space behind the rear seats from 21.7 cu ft. to 20.1 cu ft.).
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2018 Honda HR-V -- Based on the excellent Fit. Good cargo/people combinations and a much newer model than the Outlander Sport.
2018 Mazda CX-3 -- Also a newer model than the Outlander Sport and one of the more entertaining vehicles in this class.
2018 Jeep Renegade -- A little ruggedness is cool. And this is yet another newer model.
2018 Fiat 500X -- Charming, affordable and, yes, newer than the Outlander Sport.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek -- Comes with all-wheel drive as standard and is popular with the Subaru faithful. Not blessed with a punchy engine, however. An all-new generation debuted for the 2018 model year.
Used Honda CR-V -- It's bigger, but still considered compact. This is the best-selling crossover for a reason -- it's so good at so many things.