Intended to compete in the smallest end of the compact SUV market, against the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport brings style and a fun-to-own image. It drives nice and easy, is small enough to be maneuverable around town, will haul 5-passengers and a reasonable amount of random stuff, gets really good gas mileage, and has a low price. Mitsubishi says it's the company's best-selling model, and with good reason – it's a completely agreeable little SUV.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you don't need a big interior, but you want something that's higher (so you can see around), you want available 4-wheel drive in case the roads get slick, you want good fuel economy and a low price, plus you want good driving and good looks, you might want a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're expecting to carry more stuff, or to be dealing with hilly terrain, or maybe pull even a small trailer, you should look for something that's bigger, has more power, or both.
The numerous additions to the Outlander Sport for 2014 include an engine balancer shaft on models with the continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), a new steering wheel with audio controls, improved sound insulation, and a variety of upgrades specific to individual trim levels, mainly in the areas of touch-screens, navigation and sound systems.
Driving the Outlander Sport
Getting around in the 2014 Outlander Sport is unobtrusively easy. The driving position is comfortable and, thanks to the somewhat high profile, the driver has a great view of the...
... road and traffic. Parking and dealing with tight traffic couldn't be easier, as the excellent visibility and the tidy size make it a snap to zip in and out of snug parking spots or work through crowded streets. Choose the 5-speed manual transmission (available only on the base ES trim level with 2-wheel drive) and you'll find it light, easy and precise. The continuously-variable automatic transmission includes handy paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel for manual control. 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.
ROCKFORD FOSGATE AUDIO SYSTEM You'll literally feel the music with this 9-speaker, 710-watt sound system that includes a powerful subwoofer. And with a built-in 6-disc CD changer, SiriusXM receiver and available 40-gig hard drive with music server, you'll never be lacking for tunes.
GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY It may seem obvious, but it deserves mention: The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, with a full complement of safety features, exceptional selection of audio systems and other electronic aids, commendable fuel economy, a low price and easy driving and operation, represents a lot of transportation value for the money.
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Details
The 2014 Outlander Sport's interior is easy on the eyes and easy to use. Front seats are reasonably comfortable, while the rear is snug for three adults but just fine for two. Behind the rear seat the cargo capacity is not great, at just over 20 cubic feet, but fold down the rear seats and the capacity more than doubles. There is leather on the steering wheel and shift knob, and leather seating is available with the SE Touring Package as an option. The Outlander Sport's interior doesn't claim to be luxurious, but it is useful and comfortable.
The 2014 Outlander Sport's exterior gives prospective buyers lots of reasons to sign the dotted line. Up front, the nose is remindful of Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution performance line, while along the sides are deep creases and sculpturing that bring a lot of interest and neatly tie into the door handles. Big wheels and tires fill up the wheel wells, and the rear end is nicely tied off with wraparound taillights and a spoiler over the rear window. An optionally-available roof rack can be used to carry larger items that won't fit inside.
Even a base 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES packs a good amount of comfort, safety and convenience features. Among them are leather wrapping the shift knob and the tilt/telescoping steering wheel, LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, air conditioning with pollen filter, steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio buttons, a 4-speaker/140-watt AM/FM/CD system, and Fuse voice-control system. SE models add automatic on/off high-intensity headlights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and six speakers instead of four along with a touch-screen audio display. Mitsubishi vehicles also come with a new-car warranty that includes 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain.
Many options for the 2014 Outlander Sport are grouped into packages, including a Premium Package (SE trim), Premium Package with Panoramic Glass Roof (SE trim), Touring Package (SE trim), Exterior Package, Interior Package (with CVT only), and other packages for LED Illumination, LED Daytime Running Lights, Rear Park Assist Sensor, Cargo, All-Weather and Navigation. Stand-alone options include an alloy fuel door, roof rack crossbars, body side moldings, all-weather floormats, fog lights, wheel locks, and mudguards.
Under the Hood
Just one engine is available for Outlander Sport models, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that runs on regular unleaded gasoline and is rated at 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a CVT automatic transmission or, for the base version of the vehicle, a 5-speed manual. While the powertrain is certainly willing, it would be unreasonable to expect large doses of performance. The Outlander Sport uses a "brake energy regeneration" system to reduce fuel usage and CO2 emissions, which works by capturing kinetic energy during deceleration and then intensively recharging the battery with that energy. The battery can then reduce its reliance on the engine's alternator, which helps conserve fuel. The result is a powertrain that is entirely adequate for the vehicle's uses and also delivers quite commendable fuel economy.
A 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is among the few compact-utility vehicles that start under $20,000. Its entry price undercuts rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Juke, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Mini Cooper and even the Hyundai Tucson by hundreds to thousands of dollars. Even a well-equipped Outlander Sport is relatively easy on the wallet, climbing to the mid-$20,000 mark. A fully loaded, top-of-the-line 2014 Outlander Sport SE with all-wheel drive can reach about $32,000, but at that level the buyer might be looking at a different vehicle. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers are paying for this vehicle in your area. While the Outlander Sport represents a lot of value for the money, resale values are expected to be near the bottom of its class.
Cons: "NONE! wish they had a dealership in Santa Monica!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought a 2014 Outlander Sport with a 5 speed manual transmission and am blown away with how terrific this CUV is! Great styling, Spartan yet functional interior with plenty of power and great MPG...can't say enuff good things about Mitsubishi!
I've owned Jaguar, Mercedes, BMW, Jeep & Ford and this OS 5 speed is easily the most fun to drive!
Hats off to this UAW, built in the USA, SUV & to the team at Mitsubishi...A job well done!"
"We bought this two-year-old vehicle recently with 26.6 K miles on it and agree with another reviewer that you get what you pay for, although we're not disappointed at all as yet. Very good mpg. Very solid with no rattles or squeaks. Fit and finish are at least as good or better than some of the other vehicles in this price range. The use of some soft plastics in the vehicle add to the quality and have a nice feel compared to hard plastics. The dash layout is good looking, as well as ergonomically friendly. The vehicle is good-looking, especially the front view. The 2.0 liter engine gets the job done, although it tends to get bogged down by the CVT under certain conditions. Ours has the CVT with the optional paddle shifter mounted to the steering column and the sport slot on the gear selector which, if utilized correctly by the enthusiast to keep the RPMs in the optimal performance range, helps the engine do a pretty acceptable job rather than depending on the CVT alone to handle things such as accelerating after making a turn or negotiating a hill climb of any length. I don't expect it to handle a heavy load very well, as that is not what this vehicle is designed for. This is not a contender in the Lincoln Navigator or Chevy Suburban range, so don't expect it to do the job of one.
This vehicle is not difficult to get in and out of like some other cross-overs and the ride is firm, yet bearable, without jarring it's passengers out the window. There is ample front seat leg room for the average sized adult. Children and smaller adults would do well in the back seat, but leave the Incredible Hulk at home or buy something bigger. We're relying on the Mitsubishi reputation for dependability.
Having stepped down from a Navigator this vehicle is everything we expected it to be; Dependable, economical, solid, easy to park and maneuver, good looking and fun to drive. I would not discourage anyone thinking of buying one as long as they can tolerate the road noise/tire noise."
"I have driven nothing but Mitsubishi SUVs since 1994. The old 2.4 L engine was a fine engine. The 2.0 in the new Outlander Sport is not up to the task. Couple that with a CVT and you have what sounds like a giant blender about to blow up every time you need to merge onto a freeway. I will not be buying another Mitsubishi."