2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
- Respectable fuel economy with 2.0-liter engine
- Well-equipped for the (very competitive) price
- Generous warranty coverage surpasses many rivals
- Raucous drone while accelerating (especially with 2.0-liter engine)
- CVT is aggravating due to slow responses
- Many interior materials look and feel cheap
- Ride quality is jarring on bumpy roads
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Which Outlander Sport does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating2 / 5
The small crossover SUV segment has surged in popularity over the last few years, with most automakers producing at least one that earns good fuel economy, is easy to drive and comes with all of today's tech gadgets. Over time, though, these models have bigger, more extensively equipped with features and, consequently, more expensive. If you desire a small SUV but don't want to spend a lot, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport might seem like it's worthy of your consideration. After all, a well-equipped Outlander Sport costs as much as the base version of many competitors.
However, the Outlander Sport has many flaws that make it difficult to recommend. Cabin materials are harder and feel cheaper than what you'll find in other crossovers. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) brings out the worst of the underpowered and noisy engine, and the Outlander Sport's bumpy ride and uncomfortable seats will rattle passengers. This pint-sized Mitsubishi doesn't offer much utility, either, as the cargo area is more cramped than others in this segment. Overall, the Outlander Sport should only be considered by those who cannot afford to buy any of its pricier rivals.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV that can be seen as the little brother to the three-row Outlander. The entry-level ES is motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 145 pound-feet) that is a bit slow but still average for the segment. The SE, SEL and GT offer increasing levels of luxury and tech features. They are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (168 hp, 167 lb-ft) that feels a little more potent. Front-wheel drive is standard on all but the GT, which comes with an all-wheel-drive system that is optional on the other trims.
Standard ES features include the 2.0-liter engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a driver information display, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth and a four-speaker audio system. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional.
The SE trim adds the 2.4-liter engine paired to the CVT, foglights, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, heated front seats, a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio.
When you step up to the SEL you'll also get automatic headlights, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment) and a sliding center armrest.
At the top of the range is the GT trim, which adds xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Notable Outlander Sport options include remote ignition, rear parking sensors, a navigation system (with a 7-inch touchscreen and voice controls) and interior ambient lighting.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE (2.0L 4-cyl.; CVT automatic).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has received some revisions, including a new infotainment system in 2016 and an upgrade to the 2.4-liter engine on the SE trim. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for Sale
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact five-passenger crossover that starts from a solid premise, namely providing many of the segment's most desirable features and options at a relative bargain price. But, like so many seemingly well-conceived plans, the Outlander Sport begins to fall apart in the execution.
Under the hood, the fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's standard on the base ES model provides anemic performance that's especially noticeable when merging with freeway traffic or trying to pass another vehicle. The optional 2.4-liter engine that powers higher trim levels produces average acceleration, but both are hamstrung by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that seems to be constantly hunting for the proper gear ratio. EPA fuel economy estimates range from a decent 27 mpg combined (24 city/30 highway) for front-wheel-drive models with the 2.0-liter base engine, to 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway) with the larger 2.4-liter engine and all-wheel drive.
The overly aggressive accelerator pedal response can prove exasperating in relaxed everyday driving. The soft brake pedal feel can also take some getting used to. Braking distances in simulated panic stops from 60 mph were acceptable, though the Outlander Sport produced excessive nosedive and some side-to-side motion under hard braking. Steering feels slightly vague, robbing the vehicle of whatever performance pretensions the name may imply.
Inside, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport suffers from average quality materials and ergonomic shortcomings, including a telescoping steering wheel with limited range that makes it difficult for anyone taller than average height to find a comfortable driving position. Minimal thigh support and limited seat padding and adjustments up front don't help either. The low backseat isn't much better, with thin cushions, a shortage of headroom and a lack of elbow padding. The droning engine note, fair amount of wind noise at speed and rough ride quality all add to the tedium.
When it comes to cargo-carrying capacity, the Outlander Sport offers 21.7 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats, which is as much as 40 percent less than some competitors. Fold those rear seats flat and you end up with just 49.5 cubic feet, which is still on the small side by comparison.
While we'd encourage you to take a look at the Outlander Sport's competitors before making up your mind, it bears noting that the Mitsubishi comes with an attractive price tag that makes it possible to snap up a well-equipped version for about the same price you'd pay for an entry-level competitor. The base ES trim level is pretty spartan, but the next three trim levels — the SE, SEL and GT — add a number of desirable goodies, making the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport worth a look for budget-conscious shoppers. But let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for you.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered in the following submodels: Outlander Sport SUV. Available styles include 2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 2.4 SE 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), 2.4 SE 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT), 2.4 SEL 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 LE 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.4 SEL 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), and 2.4 GT 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?
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What's a good price for a New 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,435. The average price paid for a new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $4,303 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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