2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
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Pros

  • Respectable fuel economy with 2.0-liter engine
  • Well-equipped for the (very competitive) price
  • Generous warranty coverage surpasses many rivals

Cons

  • Ride quality is jarring on bumpy roads
  • Many interior materials look and feel cheap
  • CVT is aggravating due to slow responses
  • Raucous drone while accelerating (especially with 2.0-liter engine)


Which Outlander Sport does Edmunds recommend?

There are few reasons to purchase a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rather than many of its distinguished rivals, but few can compete with the Sport's bargain price. With that in mind, we recommend going as cheap as possible while trying to make this crossover feel well-equipped for the price. The SE is one step above the base model and makes a compelling value statement with the upgraded engine, touchscreen infotainment system and heated seats. The SEL isn't much more and adds leather and other goodies. But a competing crossover should be strongly considered instead.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

2 / 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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

2
The Outlander Sport feels weak regardless of engine choice, although the 2.4-liter engine is measurably quicker than the base 2.0-liter. Poor steering and handling combine to make one of the least confident vehicles we've ever driven. It feels unfinished.

Acceleration

2
The base engine struggles to reach highway speeds and pass slower cars. Springing for models with the 2.4-liter bumps acceleration to just average for the class. The CVT is a notable letdown. Zero-to-60 mph times vary from 9.2 seconds with the 2.0-liter to 8.8 seconds with the upgraded engine.

Braking

2.5
The brake pedal is soft, so you may have to press it a bit harder than expected to slow the Outlander Sport. Distances in simulated panic stops from 60 mph are reasonable for this class, ranging between 113 and 119 feet. We experienced extreme nosedive and side-to-side wiggle under heavy braking.

Steering

1
You have to turn the wheel quite a bit before the Outlander Sport responds at all. That and the wheel's overly light effort make the driver feel disconnected from the road. There's almost zero driver feedback, certainly nothing to give the Outlander Sport any of the sportiness its name implies.

Drivability

2
A lack of steering feel hampers the Outlander's general driving experience. The aggressive throttle response from a stop is maddening in everyday driving, especially considering the overall lack of power. The CVT is rarely calm, as if in a never-ending hunt to find the correct ratio.

Off-road

2.5
Though it offers push-button 4WD, the Outlander Sport is a soft-roader at best. It lacks even basic off-road features such as hill descent control.

Comfort

2
Numerous shortcomings keep the Outlander Sport from the comfort level achieved by most competitors. Drivers of average height will be forced closer to the dash because the steering wheel barely telescopes. Passengers of all sizes will bemoan the lack of seat padding and poor ride quality.

Seat comfort

2
A lack of telescoping range for the steering wheel and minimal seat adjustments make the Outlander Sport a poor choice for anyone taller than 5-foot-9. The rear seat is low, with meager thigh support. There's barely adequate seat cushioning and a lack of elbow padding.

Ride comfort

1
The Outlander Sport skips and shudders over small road imperfections, while larger ones produce residual jostling long after the bump has passed. There's really no justification for the rough ride. Few cars are this bad.

Noise & vibration

2
Even under moderate acceleration, the CVT causes the 2.0-liter engine to work hard and drone incessantly. The 2.4-liter isn't as noisy, but it still drones. Engine noise quiets down a bit on the highway but is replaced by a significant amount of wind noise. All of this becomes tiresome quickly.

Interior

2.5
The Outlander Sport's interior is composed of subpar materials that hold little visual interest. Compared to any SUV in the class, there's an unmistakable sense of disappointment throughout the cabin. The poor quality is only partially justified by the Outlander Sport's budget price.

Utility

2.5
It seems like someone forgot to tell Mitsubishi that a critical component of SUVs is utility. The cargo area is small by segment standards, even with the rear seats folded down. Small item storage is just average. Conversely, LATCH hooks and anchors are easy to access.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Better than expected
Richard,06/18/2017
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES had gotten some poor reviews from professionals. Had I read those poor reviews beforehand I wouldn't have bought this vehicle, but so far I'm glad I did. I've had it 2 weeks, but I'm impressed with it. Steering is much better and tighter than reviewers claimed. Quick turn radius. Front seats could use some more support for us with longer legs. The very tall headrests are unnecessary and blocks view looking back but i guess are more for neck protection in an accident. It is a small engine, but since i don't haul any cargo or any other people around often it is fine for me. My daily commute is either 40 mph speed limit or 55 mph on the expressway, so who needs more power than that? not me. The ride at those speeds is good and smooth. Braking is quite good and responsive, as I've found out already. The CVT does take a little bit of time to get used to, as it's much different than my old Oldsmobile transmission, but nothing here to complain about. I LOVE the standard 18" tires on good looking alloy wheels. No cheap plastic rim covers. The stereo interface is a rather plain and lame looking (but perfectly functional), but the USB port and bluetooth works great for my MP3 player. Standard armrest is cool (wish it was a bit larger). Comes with 4 floor mats, which some SUVs charge extra for. The big plus for me is the super warranty. 10 years on powertrain, 5 years roadside assistance, and 7 YEARS FOR RUST!!! Rust warranty is important for me since I live in Chicago and don't have any indoor parking. My previous car completely rusted out at the bottom. So don't let the negative reviews bother you. They should review a vehicle for what it is, not for what it isn't. So far I think I made a good decision to buy this vehicle. But as always, time will tell. I paid $18,563 after taxes, title, fees and rebates applied.
Glad I purchased it
KG,08/23/2017
I bought a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport brand new for 16,990.00 . I researched the hell out of it but never test drive one. Edmunds gave it poor reviews but I noticed owners have it great reviews. I test drive toyota rav4 and the new chr and then the outlander sport. I felt the outlander was way better than the toyota and the price was even better. It accelerates just fine for the small engine and the transmission seems great too. Ya it's not a Mercedes or BMW but that was not the prissy kind of vehicle I wanted. I wanted a vehicle to drive. I am not a snow flake and know how to use mirrors to back up. I have a smart phone for navigation and those items were judt an added expense on other vehicles. Bottom line us I am honestly impressed with the handling acceleration and the look . I could afford a BMW or Mercedes but am comfortable in who I am that I don't need a sub like that, the outlander is perfect for me and how i use it. 02/25/18. Still glad I bought this ride. The drive feature let's me choose front wheel drive, all wheel, or 4 wheel drive perfect for MN Winters. I was surprised on the stock tires it came with but do think an upgrade will be better. Put another 4 k miles on. Really line this vehicle
Great value, nice little suv
Mike,05/16/2017
I've owned Toyota Corolla's the last 15 years, and after not being happy with the last one, decided to try something different. I always liked the muscular looks of this car, and test drove all it's competitors before giving it it a try. The 2.4 liter has plenty of passing power, and I get low 20's mpg, doing almost all city driving. Highway is close to 30. For under 20k, I got 4wd, push button start, tinted windows, heated seats, and 10 yr/100,00 mile warranty. I love this car!
Underappreciated little SUV
GopinkGo,03/05/2017
Mitsubishis are vastly underappreciated. They are usually LOADED with features, and they are animals in the snow. I drove a 2004 Galant until it just gave out, and we bought this Outlander Sport. I adore this car. There are really amazing features, like heated seats, that are available in trims below the GT. The panoramic roof is bada**, and it rides and handles curves amazingly. Plus with rain sensing wipers, the FAST key system, it has everything and more. Bonus, because they're so unappreciated, they're also underpriced. **UPDATE** I have been driving this car for close to 7 months now. I still love this little SUV. My husband and I have hauled a ton of stuff, and the 60/40 seat split is super helpful. All in all, a wonderful car!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$20,995
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$22,495
MPG
23 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$19,795
MPG
23 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$24,195
MPG
22 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for Sale

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2017 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
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Used 2017
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2017 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
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Contact King today for information on dozens of vehicles like this 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 2.0. Want more room? Want more style? This Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the vehicle for you. This 4WD-equipped vehicle will handle beautifully on any terrain and in any weather condition your may find yourself in. The benefits of driving a 4 wheel drive vehicle, such as this Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 2.0, include superior acceleration, improved steering, and increased traction and stability. Just what you've been looking for. With quality in mind, this vehicle is the perfect addition to take home. You've found the one you've been looking for. Your dream car.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2017 2.0 ES 4dr SUV 4WD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
38,062 miles
Used 2017
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More about the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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 GT 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), and 2.4 SEL 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Outlander Sport 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 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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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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