A Week With the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Behold the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT 2.4. We recently spent some time reviewing this 2016 crossover to see what we thought. After a little over a week with it, I must admit that it was one of our least favorite cars that we have reviewed. Starting around $19,595, the Outlander Sport wasn’t at all terrible, it just failed to really impress.

 

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In general, Mitsubishi’s are known to keep it pretty simple. While the technology continues to improve as the years go by, they aren’t exactly known for having all the bells and whistles that many vehicles compete to have now. The dash and console are basic- in fact our model was the version without GPS, so we used our phone’s navigation on our trip to the Poconos.

The leather interior and silver trim looked nice- but wasn’t as sleek as some of the other vehicles we have reviewed. Additionally, while the front seats were nice and comfortable, the back was rather small and did not give much leg room for taller passengers. The rear cargo space was pretty standard for most Sports models- so no complaints there.

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Perhaps I’m just not a fan of the Sport models of vehicles. If I’m going to go for an SUV, I want more room and not just a larger vehicle. The Outlander felt clunky, and handled much like a car. I will say that I can see why some folks do love the Outlander Sport- the pricetag and MPG (24/31 but 23/28 in our GT 2.4), but for my family it would make more sense to just make the jump to the Outlander and enjoy the additional space and seating (7 seats, starting at $22,995, 25/31 MPG). But I do understand why folks like sports models, and when compared to others- the Outlander Sport seems to do well with its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Our biases aside, there are some things that we did love about the Outlander Sport. The Rockford Fosgate® Punch premium sound system was great, and we loved the tinted glass panoramic glass roof- which had optional LED mood lighting for those nightly drives. It also wasn’t bad to look at on the outside- especially with some of the improvements from last year.

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Overall, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport didn’t wow us, but we can see why it works for others. It’s been around since 2011, but its competitors have long surpassed it in terms of upgrades and style. However, for folks who are simple and just want a recipe that continues to work, the Outlander Sport will remain their go-to vehicle.

For more information about the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, visit www.mitsubishicars.com/outlander-sport.

 

sw-warranty-bkg-dStandard Features:

INCLUDES

  • 168-hp, 2.4-liter MIVEC engine
  • 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
  • Panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED mood lighting
  • Super-wide High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with fog lights and LED running lights
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen audio display with Digital HD Radio® and rearview camera
  • FAST-key passive entry system with panic feature and One-touch Start/Stop engine switch
  • Automatic air conditioning climate control
  • Detailed Specs

 

 

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