The SUV’s popularity has grown tremendously since the brilliantly simple concept was introduced as a vehicle for mass consumption a few decades ago. The Land Rovers and Jeeps eventually paved the way for the modern, comfortable, family-friendly SUV we love taking to the grocery store today. The “U” in SUV stands for utility, and utility is what we have come to love about these roomy, brawny and comfortable passenger vehicles.
Rising gas prices forced another evolutionary shift in SUVs, producing the crossover, a smaller SUV with less brawn and less pain at the pump. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport embodies the spirit of the crossover: a smaller, friendlier SUV with gas-sipping engines, plenty of cargo room and even more utility.
What’s new for 2014
The Outlander Sport underwent only minimal changes after a 2013 re-styling. Gone is the LE trim level. Also gone is some of the road noise with upgraded noise insulation.
While the 2014 Outlander’s exterior restyling is an exercise in toning down these previously distinctive design elements in favor of a much more demure and civilized look, the Outlander Sport thankfully retains some Evolution-esque design language.
All trim levels receive a sporty multi-function steering wheel and aggressively-styled LED-lit gauges to lend a performance car feel. The driving position is intuitive and comfortable, while the instrument console is easily accessible and simple to understand. Unfortunately, the interior suffers from too much plastic and not enough contrasting trim. As good as the gauges look at night, the daytime sun reveals a lackluster interior worthy of a rental car. This crossover also underperforms in the cargo space department, offering a mediocre 12 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
Under the Hood
All trim levels are powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. To put it mildly, power is a bit lacking, especially for a "Sport" model. What the engine lacks in power it makes up for in gas mileage, offering a gas-sipping 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, which is fairly impressive for a crossover. The engine’s power is transferred to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or an optional five-speed manual.
The 2-liter will not leave anyone in the dust. The sloppy handling and weak throttle response will disappoint anyone expecting this Outlander to live up to the "Sport" in its name. The five-speed manual regains some of the spirit, but lacks a crisp, sporty feel.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers the best value in the ES trim. The vehicle comes with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower, coupled with a choice of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or five-speed manual, with available all-wheel drive. The package comes with standard, sporty front bucket seats, cruise control mounted to a multifunction steering wheel, one-touch windows and heated rearview mirrors. In-car entertainment comes via a 4-speaker speed-sensitive sound system with USB connection, MP3 playback capability and Bluetooth connectivity option. The exterior is adorned with 18-inch wheels and an attractive body kit. Safety is provided via a four-wheel ABS system, front side mounted air bags and an engine immobilizer.
The 2014 Outlander Sport SE offers a few additional options over the standard ES. Interior upgrades include heated front seats upholstered with premium cloth upholstery. The SE also comes with a rearview camera. The standard entertainment system is upgraded to a 6-speaker system. The road is illuminated via xenon HID headlights instead of the standard halogen lights in the ES. Available options include a navigation system, leather accents and an LED illumination package. Outside, LED daytime running lights and side moldings can be added to the Outlander Sport.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$16,990 | 15,392 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,000 | 6,935 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,249 | 37,805 mi
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$19,990 | 11,776 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$17,492 | 16,717 mi
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$18,800 | 14,287 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$10,700 | 78,339 mi
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport$13,495 | 24,986 mi
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