Road Test: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0L AWC Lim

05 Aug 2019 03:44

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<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is attracting buyers with a low entry price, sharp styling and an excellent warranty. But in the hot compact crossover segment, the Outlander Sport has not made much a dent in its competitor’s sales. There are various reasons for this, so what does Mitsubishi’s smallest CUV have to offer?</p>
<p>The all-wheel <em>control</em>, not all-wheel <em>drive</em>, of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine. The 87-octane gasoline engine puts out 148 horsepower with 145 pounds-feet of torque, driven through a Sportronic Constant Velocity Transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.</p>
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<p class="wp-caption-text &lt;strong&gt;Nice, but ready to move beyond hard plastic&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Edition Package comes with a 7.0-inch touch screen with navigation and a rear view camera. The 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, has a built-in equalizer, which was greatly appreciated to dial out the booming bass. I listen to many sound systems and this was very nice to the ears and extremely easy to program and operate. The system came with SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription), digital HD AM/FM/CD radio, MP3, USB port with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks, Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free telephone. The rearview mirror was autodialing and Homelink equipped.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;!— Quick Adsense WordPress Plugin: &gt; &lt;div&gt; &lt;! Ad2 —&gt;&lt;ins class=" adsbygoogle"="" data-ad-client="ca-pub-2550174226433498" data-ad-slot="3722766768"></p>
<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can seat three adults on the 60/40 split bench rear seat, but for longer trips two adults would be more comfortable, as would redesigned seats. Storage was good with the rear seat up, but much improved when folded flat. Where the Outlander Sport shines is on seating access height, resulting in easy access for loading and unloading children or for drivers and passengers that find getting into a low sedan to be a bit of a challenge. The cargo load-in height is low, too. These are real world selling points that Mitsubishi should tout.</p>
<p>Both the driver eight-way power adjustable and the front passenger four-way manual adjustable seats are heated and were easy to adjust, but lumbar adjustments would be greatly appreciated. A driving position conducive to long road trips was possible by adjusting the leather-wrapped, tilt and telescopic steering wheel.</p>
<p>Other nice interior features are the rear seat folding armrest with cup holders, rear heater floor ducts, automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, heated and power outside mirrors, center console with slide-adjustable arm rest, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 12-volt accessory outlets, one each front and rear. The black leather-covered steering wheel, gear shifter and emergency brake handle had contrasting red topstitching.</p>
<h3><strong>Safety and Convenience</strong></h3>
<p>The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came with convenience features, including cruise control, remote and passive keyless entry, rear cargo tie-down hooks, rear floor heat ducts, tire pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, remote engine start, and an anti-theft security alarm and anti-theft immobilizer.</p>
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<p class="wp-caption-text &lt;strong&gt;Big thumbs up in the knob&nbsp; &amp; sound departments&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;Either as standard or optional equipment, active and passive safety features are available on the Outlander. These include seven air bags, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and rear park assist sensors.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h3&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Pricing and Warranties&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;em&gt;Clean Fleet Report’s&lt;/em&gt; 2018 Outlander Sport 2.0L LE AWC had a base MSRP of $23,995. With the rear cargo tonneau cover ($150) and carpeted floor mats ($125) options, the price came to $24,270. All prices do not include the $940 destination and handling charge.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the 2018 Outlander Sport received four stars (five stars is their highest rating), while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Outlander Sport Good and Superior ratings for crashworthiness and front crash prevention.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with these warranties:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Powertrain &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;10 years/100,000 miles&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Basic &nbsp;&nbsp;Five years/60,000 miles&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&lt;/li&gt; &lt;li&gt;Corrosion Seven years/Unlimited miles&lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;&lt;h3&gt;Observations: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE AWC&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;Mitsubishi has positioned the 2018 Outlander Sport LE AWC as a well-equipped small crossover under $25,000. The features, design and warranty make this a very tempting package. With the right price and good utility, the Outlander Sport is compelling.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img class=" size-full="" wp-image-14777"="" src="" alt="2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport" width="640" height="453" srcset=" 640w, 150w, 300w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" data-recalc-dims="1"></p>
<p><strong>The Outlander Sport has got some good selling points, but also has a lot of catching up to do</strong></p>
<p>The main drawback on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is that it was introduced new in 2011, and except for a few minor changes and styling upgrades, it is essentially the same car. The drivetrain is not as refined as its competitors and the fuel economy is on the low side. It really isn’t a bad CUV, but with so many competitors that offer more power and better fuel economy, it is important to do cross-shopping among brands to see what you like.</p>
<p>Our hope is that Mitsubishi is getting ready to announce that an all-new Outlander Sport will be coming soon. In the fast-changing compact crossover segment, seven-plus years is a long time to be squeezing-out every last drop before launching a new model. The Outlander’s plug-in hybrid variant and the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are good signs.</p>
<p>Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!</p>
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