2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Vehicle Test EditorKurt Niebuhr has worked in the automotive industry since 2005. A automotive photographer by trade, Kurt is now one of Edmunds' high-performance test drivers.
- Well-equipped for the price
- Excellent warranty coverage surpasses that of many rivals
- Ride quality is very rough over bumpy roads
- Many interior materials look and feel cheap to the touch
- Transmission is aggravating due to slow responses
- Raucous drone while accelerating, especially with 2.0-liter engine
- Top SEL trim level replaced by the GT trim level
- SE trim gets blind-spot warning
- Part of the first-generation Outlander Sport introduced in 2011
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport packs a lot of features into a small and somewhat practical crossover body. It can make for a good value proposition, and Mitsubishi provides a pretty solid warranty, too. But this all assumes refinement, build quality and drivability don't feature too high on your list of must-haves.
It's fairly noisy, and even with the bigger of the two engines, it's not the least bit quick off the line or at highway speeds. The ride can get downright uncomfortable on rough roads, and it's not terribly versatile when it comes to hauling cargo. In other words, any prospective Outlander Sport buyer will need to value feature content and a decent warranty above all else.
If Mitsubishi could give it a better engine and suspension tuning, it might give a few brands a run for their money. But in one of the most hotly contested segments, the dated Outlander Sport comes up short. You'll be happier with other crossover SUVs such as the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona or the Mazda CX-3.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.1 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL (2.4L inline-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Outlander Sport has received only minor revisions, including an updated infotainment system and the replacement of the SEL trim level with the GT trim. Our findings remain applicable to this year's model.
|Overall||6.1 / 10|
The "Sport" in Outlander Sport is a misnomer. The 2.0-liter engine is underpowered, the CVT performs poorly, and the handling and suspension tuning are unrefined. It's a pretty dreary vehicle to drive.
Our measured 0-60 mph time of 8.5 seconds with the 2.4-liter engine is a bit better than average for this class of vehicle. Performance suffers with the smaller engine, though. With either engine, acceleration is uneven because of an overly sensitive gas pedal.
The brake pedal is soft, so you may have to press a bit harder than expected to slow the Outlander Sport. Distances in simulated panic stops from 60 mph are reasonable for this class. However, stability under hard braking is poor due to extreme nosedive and side-to-side wiggling.
Every steering motion is met with a delayed body reaction. Even worse, there's very little on-center feel. You constantly have to make adjustments to keep the Outlander Sport going straight down the road.
The Outlander Sport suffers from skittish handling and large amounts of body roll when it's driven aggressively around turns. It doesn't inspire much confidence in its ability to make evasive maneuvers during emergency handling situations.
The Outlander Sport lurches forward when you first accelerate because of a jumpy gas pedal and overly aggressive CVT transmission gearing. You can manually shift for fixed-gear ratios with the shift paddles, but reactions are sluggish and inconsistent.
The Outlander Sport lacks the ride comfort and suspension compliance of its competition. It's OK for around-town use, but those who often drive long distances will find it overly fidgety on the highway.
Our test vehicle had the leather upholstery. It's hard and inflexible, reducing comfort. You also tend to sit very upright, like you're at a dinner table. It's not comfortable for long-distance driving.
Kind of the worst of all worlds. The Outlander Sport rides harshly over sharp-edged bumps and cracks, yet it is floaty over smooth undulations in the road.
Noise & vibration5.0
There's no escaping noise inside the Outlander Sport. From the droning engine to road and wind noise, it always makes you aware of your environment. The engine is very noisy during hard acceleration.
The Outlander Sport's climate system is loud when you crank up the fan speed. Overall, system performance is adequate.
The Outlander Sport's controls are easy enough to use, but the ergonomics aren't suited to a wide range of body types. It's also hard to see out the back windows.
Ease of use7.0
All controls are easy to access and clearly marked. The metal column-mounted paddle shifters are a nice touch — most cars just have plastic. The gauges are clear and readable.
Getting in/getting out7.0
The front doors are large and open wide. Although it's equipped with keyless entry, you still have to push a button on the door handle to lock and unlock. Front passengers will find getting in and out is easy, but taller adults will have to duck their heads to get in back.
The Outlander Sport puts you in an upright driving position that recalls a parent's reminder to sit up at the dinner table. Even with eight-way power seats and an adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, the range of adjustability is limited.
It seems as small on the inside as its compact exterior proportions suggest. This is not a vehicle for taller passengers. Despite the rear seat cushion's low perch, headroom is still lacking.
There's good visibility forward and to the sides, but large roof pillars and a small rear window limit your view out the back. The side mirrors are large. The rearview camera has a low resolution, but it's still usable and helps in confined parking lots.
The Outlander Sport is built well. While the design is dated, all the trim pieces fit together as a cohesive unit. There were no rattles and noises from our test vehicle. The quality of the materials is subpar, however.
The Outlander Sport doesn't excel in any area, but it is adequate for cargo duty. There's also plenty of small-item storage available.
You'll find lots of small-item storage. The door pockets are large and can take a medium-size water bottle, and the cubby under the center stack can hold a phone. There are two cupholders and a cubby in the center console.
The 60/40-split bench can be folded without removing the headrests or sliding seats forward, but the release button is difficult to access from the hatch. Once folded, the area is flat and expansive, and the tall roofline and short carry-over distance make loading easy.
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
Car seats can be accommodated in the two outboard rear seating positions thanks to easily accessible LATCH points. The upper anchors can only be accessed from the hatch area.
Which Outlander Sport does Edmunds recommend?
We like the Outlander Sport's GT trim. While it's the most expensive trim level, it comes with features many of its rivals don't offer for the same price. Getting the two-wheel-drive model keeps the costs down a bit and will help nudge your fuel economy numbers a bit higher, too.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE and GT. The entry-level ES and the SE are motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (148 horsepower, 145 pound-feet of torque). The new 2019 GT (it replaces last year's SEL) is powered by a stronger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (168 hp, 167 lb-ft).
All come standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. On the ES, you can get a five-speed manual transmission. Otherwise, the Outlander Sport comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)
Standard ES features include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a driver information display, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port.
Next up is the LE. It adds foglights, LED running lights, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android and Apple phone integration, satellite radio and an extra USB port. The SE is similar but has a six-speaker audio system, keyless ignition and entry, and blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Stepping up to the GT, you get xenon headlights, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, exterior and interior styling tweaks, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Awesome quality and value. Still going strong.
Dave in South Carolina,06/29/2019
2.0 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Our fifth Mitsubishi in six years. Over 200k miles of perfect, worry free driving. Fantastic quality rivals any other brand. Can't beat the value either. Performance and handling are good. Fit and finish excellent. Yes, there are other brands that feature higher performance, but be ready to pony up another $6-$8k above a Mitsubishi.....I recommend Mitsubishi to anyone who will lend an … ear. And the warranty is awesome too. We found the LE to be a special value. Convinced yet? You should be. Best value anywhere. Updated 01/01/20. Still perfect. Still awesome. Highly recommend.
5 out of 5 stars
Best bang for your buck
2.0 LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
If you're looking for the fastest SUV, this isnt it. If you're looking for the most comfortable SUV this isnt it. But if you want the best quality for your money this is absolutely it. Once you get used to driving a cvt equipped car the Outlander sport will be a dream. It handles well, gets great gas mileage (I average 35 with a good mix of highway and city) and has enough passing power … to deal with traffic ( wont be setting any land speed records but it has enough). I love my Outlander sport.
5 out of 5 stars
Edmunds Opinion what?? we do not agree
2.0 SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Last month we got a 2019 Outlander sport ES. We really like this vehicle. It is very comfortable and the fit and finish are excellent. So far it has been a very reliable vehicle. My opinions are MUCH different than Edmunds. I have no idea why they give this Mitsubishi a bad/so-so rating. Below is what Edmunds says and then what I say. 1, Ride quality is very rough over bumpy roads<<not … my outlander, it is smooth comfortable easy to drive and no blind spots thanks to a lot of windows and large side-view mirrors. 2. Many interior materials look and feel cheap to the touch<< what??? we think things are logically placed in this vehicle. the radio, climate control, and seats are all logically placed and the dash has a nice look and feel to it. It rivals many in its class and is, in my opinion, the dash is better laid out than the Rogue, Equinox and even the Encore. And certainly does NOT look or feel "cheap".3. The transmission is aggravating due to slow responses Raucous drone while accelerating, especially with 2.0-liter engine<< not mine, we bought the 5-speed manual because the CVT"S transmissions are known for this common issue and it is not just Mitsubishi that has this issue with the cvt"s. Mitsubishi stands behind what they built for 5/60 -10/100,000, none of the others accept Kia/Hyundai and VW offer such a great warranty. We are very happy with this Outlander and paid THOUSANDS less than a similarly equipped Toyota, Ford, Kia, GM VW and many others in its class. The Outlander Sport, in my opinion, is very underrated. The only small things we wish this vehicle had is lighted door panels so you can see the window switches at night as well as a light down low by the brake and accelerator pedals. We also would have liked to see the Outlander have lockout protection so IF you accidentally lock and close the door not using the keyfob, that the driver's door at least would not lock. And lastly, I would like to have the door locks automatically lock when you accelerate. Other than those small issues, The Outlander Sport is a great well-made vehicle I highly recommend taking a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Edmunds has no option when you select "vehicle details" to select the ES with the 5-speed manual. We do have the ES with the 5-speed manual.NOT the CVT.
5 out of 5 stars
Awesome Affordable SUV
2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I own the rarest of the Outlander Sports- a 2019 5 speed manual transmission. 2019 was the last year for the manual transmission and if I was ever going to get one it was now or never. Hands down the best decision I ever made. The Outlander Sport with a manual transmission is an absolute joy to drive. Plenty of power and loves to rev. I can understand why with the CVT it’s far less … satisfying. The 2.0 Mitsubishi 4B11 is a “square” engine. The bore and stroke are identical. This means not much low rpm torque (which CVT’s always try to keep the lowest rpm’s possible). But with the 5 speed it’s a absolute hoot to drive. This engine transmission combination is simply the Lancer’s engine and transmission dropped into the Outlander Sport. Driving it like a sport sedan will bring a smile to your face. Once you hit 3500 rpm MIVEC kicks in and it just jumps from 3500-5000 rpm in a heart beat. Since it s FWD only torque steer is a issue which makes it even more fun because it feels raw and at times a handful. With the traction control off you cannot be reckless with the throttle because it will get out of hand quickly. I’ve owned it about 6 months now and am approaching 10000 miles of trouble free driving. My mileage has been excellent averaging over 30mpg with my best tank of almost 36mpg. Is a manual transmission for everyone? Of course not, it seems these days that in the race to automate everything all the joy has been removed from driving. This my friends restored the fun in driving for me. It is the base model (only version available with the 5 speed). What do you get with that? Comfortable cloth seats with good support. Manual seat height adjustment (driver’s side only) which I prefer to powered seats because less to fail further down the road. Cruise control, backup camera, AC, tilt & telescoping steering wheel. The base stereo is a decent unit with Bluetooth which I use to stream from apps on my phone. Of course being the base model it doesn’t have all the über fancy options but that’s just fine by me. If you like soulless driving get a CVT anything. If you actually enjoy driving and want to row your own gears and need/want a compact SUV then the 5 speed Outlander Sport should be on your very short list. Oh and a final note, what was the cost of admission to fun driving for a brand new 2019 5 speed Outlander Sport? $15,749.00 out the door. That’s not a typo. Update #2: 6/13/22 It's been 3 years and 47k+ miles of problem free ownership. I'm still on the OEM tires but they are due for replacement. Absolutely zero mechanical or any issues at all. MPG's have been stellar over 30 mpg average for the entire life of the vehicle. I still love driving this vehicle and recently took it on a 2000 mile road trip driving straight through 30+ hours without a hiccup. Best vehicle I've ever owned.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Outlander Sport models:
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Detects an imminent collision ahead. Warns the driver and can automatically apply the brakes.
- Auto High-Beam Headlights
- Automatically switches between low and high beams based on oncoming traffic.
- Lane Departure Warning
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover19.1%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview
The Used 2019 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 AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), 2.0 SP 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 2.4 GT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT), 2.4 GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT), and 2.0 SP 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Pre-owned Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 148 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 ES is priced between $15,995 and$26,998 with odometer readings between 9348 and92943 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 SE is priced between $16,999 and$22,998 with odometer readings between 31995 and92448 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 LE is priced between $21,999 and$24,998 with odometer readings between 7535 and48302 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0 SP is priced between $21,998 and$22,590 with odometer readings between 30275 and47262 miles.
- The Used 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT is priced between $26,499 and$26,499 with odometer readings between 8257 and8257 miles.
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