The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered in five trims: ES, LE, SE, S and BE. Two engines are available a 148-horsepower, 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine or a 168-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder both mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, and the system, which is geared toward improved traction on slippery roads, includes a separate 2WD mode for improved fuel efficiency.
The Outlander Sport is laid out more as a tall car than as a traditional utility vehicle, and with responsive, quick-ratio electric power steering, it drives more like a sporty hatchback on the road. It maneuvers well and parks easily in the city.
Inside, the Outlander Sport has space for five. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward, while backseat occupants get a fold-down padded armrest. There's also a trunk pass-through for skis and longer items.
All Outlander Sport models include Mitsubishi's FUSE connectivity system for hands-free cellphone use, as well as a USB port for cellphone or iPod control, plus steering wheel audio controls and a rearview camera. The standard sound system has 140 watts and four speakers. Other standard features on the ES include rear LED tail lamps, a trip computer, air conditioning and rear heat ducts. SE models add LED headlights and daytime running lights, a 6-speaker system, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-inch touchscreen display and push-button engine start.
On the safety front, all models include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, active front headrests and a driver knee bag in addition to a full set of frontal and side airbags. A lane departure warning system, forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection are all standard features as well.
Great Maneuverability And Parking Ease
All-weather Capability With All-wheel Drive
Roomy, Versatile Layout
Affordability And Value
The Outlander Sport gets a few additions to the standard equipment for 2021 including blind spot warning and forward collision mitigation.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers the convenience of a crossover utility vehicle in a footprint that's smaller than most compact sedans, which makes it extremely easy to maneuver and park. The Outlander Sport has an attractive package for small families, relatively good fuel efficiency and a strong set of safety features. With improved standard equipment and appearance enhancements, it's an impressive value for the money.