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KBB Expert Rating: 6.6
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.
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.
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 Impressions 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.
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.Exterior
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.
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.
148 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 mpg (manual), 24/31 mpg (automatic), 24/29 mpg (automatic, all-wheel drive)
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.
By Katie on Friday, September 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have a 2013 Outlander Sport SE with the Premium Package (Push To Start, Panoramic w/Lights, Heated Seats, Rockford Fosgate Sound System, Back-Up Cam) I have the custom Thule-Mitsubishi Roof Rack installed as well - it's rugged and suggest to everyone who has roof rails! I absolutely love this car, but there are some definite cons. The first test drive I took I thought the car was going to explode. Not used to noisy CVT 4-Cyl engines - that's for sure. My last car was a V6, so it took some time to get used to the 4-cylinder. I am not sold on the inside material of the car, the arm rest gets marked up very easily. However, I love the look of the car, the Rockford Fosgate sound system is very good and I love my panoramic roof. The handling is great - takes turns tight. All around great crossover - highly recommend!"
14 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By harley on Thursday, August 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "36 mpg freeway at 60mph, great design"
Cons: "somewhat noisy, needs rear seat ceiling light"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Sleeper SUV! Great style, 36mpg at 60mph cruise control, fair amount of road noise, has enough pep when needed. needs rear seat ceiling light"
7 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Gigi2three on Monday, June 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great gas mileage & options. Reliable."
Cons: "Cheap carpet and trim~hard to clean"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This vehicle is great on gas and a pleasure to drive. Only problem thus far (in a little over 2 years of ownership) was that the battery was weak from sitting on the lot for an extended period of time. My dealer tested and gave it a full charge and I have had no problems since. The navigation system with MP3 and 7 speakers is what really sold me. My one drawback about this vehicle is that I think they could have given it a better quality carpet and trim on the interior-very cheap and ruins the overall feel."
11 people out of 16 found this review helpful