• Nov 7, 2010
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

Shortly after finding ourselves strapped in the driver's seat of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, we called it "a right-sized CUV that takes the core components of its bigger brother (the regular Outlander) and distills them into a smaller, lighter package."

Smaller and lighter doesn't necessarily mean cheaper, though. While the Outlander Sport's starting price of $19,275 (*after destination charges) undercuts the Outlander's by about $3,500, it's not terribly difficult to option up a Sport beyond the $30,000 mark.

In fact, ticking off very available Outlander Sport option on Mitsubishi's Build & Price page will darn near double its base MSRP (none of those options is an engine upgrade, either - all Sports use the same 148-horsepower four-cylinder). Granted, a more realistic set of options still keeps the Outlander Sport well under $30k, but even that pricing seems remarkably close to the bigger, more powerful Outlander V6. Hat tip to Clayton!

UPDATE: Turns out you can't really option up the Outlander Sport to $38K in real life. Mitsubishi's online configurator isn't all that smart and will let you add individual options to the car that are already included in other option packages. Thus, if you check all the boxes like we did, you'll end paying twice for expensive items like the navigation system.


[Source: Mitsubishi]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "(none of those options is an engine upgrade, either - all Sports use the same 148-horsepower four-cylinder)"

      I am still waiting for an EVO-lander. I would buy in a heartbeat!

      At least give 2 engine options.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is almost dead in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the starting price point is good for this. Any car can get priced into ridiculousness, no exception here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog added everything, including "accessories" and checked some boxes twice. It's impossible to get it up to that price.

        "Nicely equiped", it's mid-20's. Kitted (but without silly 'garnish' that no one wants) it's touching $30k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still haven't seen a compelling reason why someone would purchase this, over any other competitor which would offer reliability and better overall value over the Outlander. Pricing should help sell the poison apple, and it doesn't seem this is a good start for a mediocre product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I completely agree.

        The Sportage and the Tucson would be a far better option, with better base engine options and a higher quality interior.
      Here_in_Norway
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here in Norway has a Outlander Sport name, ASX, and in Japan it is called RVR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sheer idiocy. If you do any analysis you will discover that manufacturers who use this pricing strategy ensure owners who by the optioned-out models see mammoth depreciation the first couple of years of ownership. Manufacturers who sell cars almost fully-optioned (e.g., Honda) reward owners with the highest value retention.

      If you want one of these puppies, just wait a couple of years and find a nice low mileage example.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not sure if that's true. MINI is super well-equipped at base-price, has the least depreciation of just about any "mainstream" car, yet can also be optioned to the hilt, if you so desire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a very misleading article. The sticker price of one of these will probably never be over 30k and the base models are in the low 20's. Every automaker offers accessories to choose from. I just went on Honda's website and built a base model civic sedan up to $33,439. Do you want to make an article about that too? lmao.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi's web attention to detail is unsurprisingly complementary to that of their vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or did they steal those taillights straight from the 06-08 Lexus IS250/350? No originality!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't think that Lexus was so original...that design was a good looker on the '85 Toyota Celica GT-S coupe. It is a great design, though, you can definitely see why it's copied.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is really getting creative with their brand marginalization business model. Were they really in better shape when they were in bed with Chrysler?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Technically the loaded price would be about $2000 less. Theres no need to have both the "navigation with rearview camera package" in addition to the "navigation package"
        • 4 Years Ago
        to the point of many accessories being part of options/packages- the total possible is closer to 32.5K, a still hefty sum and kind of going crazy with the accessories.
        realistically, pricing on this is not much different than any other vehicle out there, though most have an engine option involved if the price is going up 50%.




        • 4 Years Ago
        The really sad part is, this isn't the first time Autoblog has made this mistake. The last time I believe they'd built themselves a near 50K Evo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Actually, several of things things are included in packages. Navigation, spoiler, splash guards, etc. This story is blatantly inaccurate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats like porsche appreciation though... nothing jumps 20K because of options.

      thats a little much
        • 4 Years Ago
        BTW, WTH is "rear garnish"

        is that like cole slaw? or parsley?
        • 4 Years Ago
        A huge portion of that jump comes from accessories, not so much options.
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