Disclosure: I was loaned the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for 7 days for the purpose of review. Thoughts, opinions, and photos are mine so please understand that your opinion may differ. Purchase after doing your own research.
This is the first Mitsubishi we’ve driven and I’m really happy it was the Outlander Sport so we could get to know the Mitsubishi name. The Outlander Sport is anything but small like you’d expect from a crossover but there are some features (or lack there of) I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy about.
I hear “sport” and think the vehicle should have a pretty fast response time and pick up but the engine seemed occasionally sluggish with its 2.0L four-cylinder, and while it wasn’t a bad experience, I can’t say that it was particularly fun to drive.
Cargo space was, while perfectly adequate for most needs, not quite as spacious as my family needs. I think it’s a great crossover for a smaller family or one with older kids. The front seat warmers were nice to have since we were having a cold spell during the week I had the Outlander Sport, but the switches were pretty hidden.
I wasn’t too happy that the A/C controls were manual. I would think for the price they would be electronic and maybe even have Duel Temp Controls so each side could control the temperature they like.
The stereo system, which on the LE model is supposed to be really good, had a confusing user interface to handle switching between sources and finding stations on the built-in Sirius/XM satellite radio system. I also didn’t really care for the fact that the Power/Volume switch was on the passenger side. When I wasn’t using the settings on the steering wheel I would find myself trying to reach over for the switch on the driver side of the panel.
Outlander Sport SE that we drove had a sticker price of $28,570, but came with cool stuff like a 40 GB navigation system, rear view camera, panoramic sunroof and a 710-Watt, Rockford Fosgate audio system. My complaint is for that price I would like better features like leather seats (optional extra $950).
Now I know this sounds like a pretty negative post and on some levels yes, it can be taken that way, but we really did like the Outlander Sport in the long run. Of course, being picking there are things we would change but for what the vehicle is it was nice. I wouldn’t say it’s totally worth the price but it’s a good crossover for what they do give you.
Check out the (ton of) additional pictures for a more up close look into this fabulous Mitsubishi.