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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

There are many good things about the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. For example, the raised driving position, modest dimensions that make parking less of a headache and excellent outward vision. It’s just that the Outlander Sport’s rivals offer the same attributes.

In an effort to compensate for the Outlander Sport’s age (it’s probably the oldest in its class), Mitsubishi packs it full of standard equipment while asking reasonable prices for it. This is a pleasant subcompact crossover, but there are some impressive rivals.

What’s New for 2019?

There’s been a change of trim levels, with a 2.0 SP trim being introduced, while a 2.4 GT trim replaces last year’s 2.4 SEL. The 2.4 SE trim has also been discontinued. Standard and optional features receive consequent reshuffles. See the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Low price
  • Tidy dimensions
  • Adult-friendly back seat
  • Agreeable ride quality
  • Decent amount of standard equipment

What We Don’t

  • Noisy and underpowered base engine
  • Unpleasant CVT
  • Scant cargo capacity

How Much?

$22,040-$26,140

Fuel Economy

The Outlander Sport starts with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard in the 2.0 ES. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional with the front-wheel-drive version and standard with all-wheel drive.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy for the 2.0-liter engine with the manual transmission at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving. With the CVT, it’s 24 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined. Adding optional AWD (which requires the CVT) results in 23 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/26 mpg combined.

A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine comes in the GT. It’s rated at 168 hp and 167 lb-ft. FWD is standard, while AWD is still optional. The CVT is the only transmission offered with this engine, which returns 23 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined with FWD and 23 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined with AWD.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered in 2.0 ES, 2.0 SP, 2.0 LE, 2.0 SE and 2.4 GT trim levels.

The 2.0 ES ($22,040) starts with 18-in alloy wheels, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, power accessories, automatic climate control, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split/folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, two 12-volt outlets, a 7-in touchscreen and a 4-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, USB port and AM/FM/HD radio.

The 2.0 LE ($24,240) adds the CVT, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob/parking brake lever, voice command for phones and music devices, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, and heated front seats.

The 2.0 SP ($24,640) brings a larger rear spoiler, a black lift gate protector, black rear undercover and a "Special Edition" badge.

The 2.0 SE ($24,640) has a silver front bumper accent, power-folding side mirrors, a chrome-tipped exhaust, vanity mirrors and illumination for both sun visors, a 6-speaker audio system, keyless entry/ignition, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2.4 GT ($26,140) has the larger engine, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights with automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, black roof rails, a self-dimming rearview mirror with a garage door opener, forward-collision mitigation, and lane-departure warning.

AWD is an extra $1,500. Among the individual options are parking sensors, remote engine start, ambient LED cabin lighting, and roof rack crossbars.

There’s 21.7 cu ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats, expanding to 49.5 cu ft. when they’re folded.

Safety

The Outlander Sport comes with standard stability control, anti-lock brakes and seven airbags (front, front side, driver knee and full-length side curtain). It also has hill start assist as standard.

In government crash tests, it received four stars out of five overall. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Outlander Sport its highest rating of Good in every crash test except the small front-overlap test, where it was deemed Acceptable (the second-best rating of four).

Behind the Wheel

Thanks to features such as soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, the Outlander Sport’s cabin is quite nice. The front seats aren’t memorably supportive, but the standard height-adjustable driver’s seat elevates the driving position to an agreeable midpoint between hatchbacks and SUVs.

Ergonomics are generally good. The hooded rev counter and speedometer feature crisp white backlighting and numerals that are easily read at a glance.

The accommodating back seat is a pleasant surprise. Despite this crossover’s compact dimensions, adults should have no problem getting comfortable in the second row. Cargo space is not a high point, however, measuring 21.7 cu ft. behind the back seat and topping out at 49.5 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down (or 48.8 cu ft. if the upgraded audio system is installed).

The base 2.0-liter engine is weak. It’s noisy and slow compared with others in the segment. But at least the CVT has simulated gears for a more conventional feel during acceleration. The 2.4-liter engine makes a bit of a difference, but it’s only available with the GT trim.

This is a softly sprung crossover designed for urban duty. The available AWD system is a useful feature for snowy climates, but it doesn’t transform the Outlander Sport into a real SUV by any means. It’s agreeable enough on the pavement, riding smoothly and fairly quietly for a bargain-priced SUV.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Honda HR-V — Based on the excellent Fit. Good cargo/people combinations and a much newer model than the Outlander Sport.

2019 Mazda CX-3 — Also newer than the Outlander Sport and one of the more entertaining vehicles in this class.

2019 Jeep Renegade — A little ruggedness is cool. And this is yet another newer model.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek— Comes with AWD as standard and is popular with the Subaru faithful. Not blessed with a punchy engine, but it’s newer than the Outlander Sport.

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.

Autotrader’s Advice

The Outlander Sport’s pricing is reasonable, but it’s irritating that buyers have to stretch to the most expensive model to acquire all the driver-assistance features. Our recommendation is therefore the 2.4 GT. The bigger engine is also a welcome addition. But do your homework, check out several alternatives and keep resale values in mind. Find a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for sale

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