2012 Outlander Sport Owner Reviews (1)
Underappreciated and underrated Diamond
AOL user 2012-12-11 08:01:44
"The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a great all around vehicle. Mitsubishi means "Three Diamonds" and this one is a Diamond in the rough. Although not designed to be a rugged off roader, it will get you through a multitude of weather conditions safely. Having the 4WD lock is a nice feature for the heavy snow, and the 18Ã¢ÂÂ tires give better ground clearance. The options included with the basic price are phenomenal, and the warranty is exceptional. Since ditching my gas guzzler Ã¢ÂÂ97 Silverado, I have owned a Jeep Patriot, Hyundai Tucson, and a Hyundai Santa Fe which over the long run have their flaws as well. We have a 2005 Rav4 (which I canÃ¢ÂÂt complain about), out of all I like the Sport the best and look forward to driving it more so than the others. I like that I can keep the Sport in 2WD, putting it in 4WD or 4WD Lock mode when I need it on the fly. The MPG is great and its feels good not to spend two days a week at the gas station for a refill. It feels good having an extra $40 bucks in my pocket at the end of the week. Compared to the other vehicles I have owned the Sport sips rather than drinks. The 2.0L engine while not the fastest engine off the line, will keep up with traffic. In bumper to bumper traffic, how fast can you go anyhow? It takes awhile to adjust to the CVT transmission, however the Sport handles no different than any other vehicle once you get used to it. Yes there is a slight drone of the engine on initial take off but not annoying and overall the cabin noise is quiet. The back seat is Ok for picking up guests to go to dinner or short day trips, but would be cramped for long distance trips. The storage area is large enough to carry a weekÃ¢ÂÂs worth of groceries. I would not recommend towing long distances but I added a hitch for the rare occasions to the home center for larger items like a few sheets of plywood, sheetrock or picking up garden supplies. The hitch will accommodate adding a bike rack for weekend travel. Folding the seats down gives a lot of cargo space. Perhaps the expert reviewers are looking to make the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport into something it isnÃ¢ÂÂt. Keep in mind the Nissan Juke as a contender may have a little more pep, but you will be using premium at the pump. As a vehicle, if you have a large family, want a people transporter, or looking for brute hauling strength, this is not the vehicle you want. For two people looking for a dependable, stylish frugal transportation at a reasonable cost this fits the bill. If your expectations of having the Mitsubishi Sport having the dynamics of a sports car, the road presence of a Hummer, a trail rating of a Jeep, the passenger space of a Caravan, the load capacity of an F150 and then complain it doesn't have enough power to pull out tree stumps this isn't the car for you. If youÃ¢ÂÂre looking for more HP than the Outlander Sport, to me it isnÃ¢ÂÂt worth the trade off in dollars, especially if it isnÃ¢ÂÂt going to do any more than what should be expected from it. Under appreciated and underrated, this vehicle does everything within reason well." Don't purchase a car without test driving it first, if you want a car that is stingy at the pump, donÃ¢ÂÂt complain about the power down the road. 10,000 miles and no issues.