2016 Outlander Sport New Car Test Drive
The five-passenger Mitsubishi Outlander Sport makes a play with its economical price and sportier-than-average styling. Not to be confused with the regular Outlander, the Outlander Sport is shorter, lighter, and easier to maneuver and park. The junior crossover in the lineup, it's more of a lifestyle vehicle than a family hauler, likely to appeal to active singles and young couples.
The Outlander Sport has been around since 2011. The 2016 Outlander Sport receives a new grille and wheels to keep things looking fresh. The inside gets some updates for 2016 as well, including a redesigned steering wheel and larger infotainment display screen. There's also a new 2016 Outlander Sport SEL with leather upholstery standard.
The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 148 horsepower and comes with your choice of a 5-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
However, most models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which puts out 168 horsepower and comes only with the CVT. All-wheel drive is available with both engines, but requires the CVT.
When equipped with the 2-liter and CVT, the Outlander Sport is EPA rated at 24/32 mpg City/Highway and 27 mpg Combined, the best showing in the lineup. With the more powerful 2.4-liter under the hood, you're looking at 23/28 mpg City/Highway and 25 mpg Combined. Adding all-wheel drive to either engine drops these ratings by about 1 mpg.
Outlander Sport ES ($19,595) comes standard with the 2-liter engine, plus features like heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system. ES models are available with the 2.4-liter ($21,295).
Outlander Sport SE ($22,495) gets the 2.4-liter engine as standard, plus heated front seats, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and an upgraded sound system.
Outlander Sport SEL ($23,995) adds more in the way of comfort and convenience, including leather upholstery, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers and headlamps, and shift paddles for the CVT. Outlander Sport GT ($25,995) receives a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps, ambient LED lighting, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).