A long shot worth a look
Arguably one of the most attractive compact SUVs you can buy, the Outlander Sport offers attractive sheetmetal, adequate underpinnings and a quasi-competitive price, hampered by a small dealer network that makes it harder to find than any of its competitors. But it matches its stylish sheetmetal with attractive pricing and some appealing amenities, making it a uniquely viable alternative for some.
For Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport, 'Sport' remains a wholly relative term. Our full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport put it this way: "While the Outlander Sport is not intended for enthusiastic attacks on winding roads or for serious off-roading, the All Wheel Control function of the all-wheel-drive versions allows an 'auto' mode for enhanced grip in general and 'lock' for dealing with slippery conditions."
Build and Price
Mitsubishi provides a strong value proposition with the Outlander Sport, offering an impressive complement of equipment for roughly $20,000. Check all the option boxes - including a $4,900 Touring Package - and you'll roll out the dealer's door with an MSRP of over $32K. Build and price an Outlander Sport to your liking right here at KBB.com to find out if its the right compact SUV for your wallet.
The Outlander Sport's city/highway/combined fuel economy ratings of 24/31/27 mpg earned it a spot on last year's list of 10 Most Fuel-efficient SUVs.
Not unlike most vehicles at popular price points, consumer reviews are mixed. A Mitsubishi fan suggested the following. "The vehicle was a terrific deal...loaded with options that result in much more expensive pricing on other vehicles. I paid just over $20,000 for mine with the incentives that were being offered." Read more consumer reviews of the Outlander Sport.
From a competitive pricing and equipment standpoint, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage are obvious alternatives. But when you factor in resale value, some of the pricier compact SUVs can be cheaper in the long run. Just don't make a move until you've at least seen all the dozen or so compact SUVs available this year.
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