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Mitsubishi
Outlander Sport
2018
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Andrew Davis
Automotive Editor - February 27, 2018

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport OVERVIEW

Coming up with an unused name for your new vehicle can be hard, and without brand name recognition, selling it can be even harder. That’s why Mitsubishi can’t be faulted for reusing its Outlander moniker on its new CUV, and adding “Sport” to a smaller version of a vehicle is a time-honored tradition. But unlike most, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earns its name by ditching almost all the faux off-roader gingerbread that’s fashionable in the segment these days in favor of a taut, sports-car look more befitting the brand that built the beatified Evo line.

What's New for 2018

There are many changes afoot for Mitsubishi’s 2018 Outlander Sport. Styling-related changes include a revised grille, paint color changes, a new rear fascia with chrome trim on the tailgate, and a new center console design. There's also a new generation continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 2.4-liter engine. Various standard equipment is different across the range, while SEL models get a new Touring Package. Prices have risen by $700 over 2017 Outlander Sports, and the GT trim level is gone while a new Limited Edition trim debuts.

Choosing Your Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The first step in picking an Outlander Sport trim is choosing which engine suits best. As their names suggest, the first two trim levels – ES 2.0 and LE 2.0 – come equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4 trims get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 167 lb-ft.

EPA ratings on the 2.0 are 24 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined, while the 2.4 isn’t far behind at 23 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined. All-wheel drive – called All-Wheel Control or AWC by Mitsubishi – adds $1,500 to all trim levels equipped with the CVT, which is all of them save the base ES 2.0 that gets a five-speed manual (adding the CVT to it runs $1,200). Fuel economy drops one mpg on the highway on any model with AWD.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has four available trims:

ES

Pricing for base ES 2.0 model starts at $21,525 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). Standard equipment consists of a new seven-inch touch panel display audio system with a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry with panic button, body color folding sideview mirrors with integrated turn signal repeaters, and 18-inch two-time alloy wheels. The base model comes with a five-speed manual transmission, with the CVT an additional $1,200 and a prerequisite for all-wheel drive.

The $135 carpeted floormats and portfolio is a non-optional option. Actual options include a hood protector ($115), roof rack crossbars ($315), a $195 All-Weather Package (all-weather floor mats and cargo tray), or all of them in the $510 Quick Value Package 2. Other add-ons include the $495 Protection Package (scuff plates, rear bumper plate, and bright tailgate protector), the $440 Illumination Package (LED interior lights and blue LED floor illumination and tailgate light), body-color Park Assist Sensors ($420), the $415 Exterior Package (rear undercover and the $310 large rear spoiler), the $370 Chrome Package (chrome side mirror and door handle coverings), LED Fog Lights ($350), a $190 Tonneau Cover, and the $135 Cargo Mat Package (cargo mat and net).

LE

The new LE (Limited Edition) 2.0 trim starts at $23,915. It comes with exclusive black interior and exterior accents, 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels, red stitching on the black leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, brake handle, and knee padding, and Limited Edition badging. It also gets the ES’ standard equipment plus the CVT, a 6.5-inch smartphone link display audio system, fog lights, dark alloy fuel door, heated front seats, and HID headlights. Floormats ($135) return as a non-optional option, with a $190 tonneau cover joining them.

One can opt for even more gear, including remote engine start ($545), a large rear spoiler ($310), and black lug nuts and wheel locks ($225). Newly available are the $355 Quick Value Package 1 (Cargo Mat Package, black lug nuts and wheel locks, aluminum and leather shift knob, and front and rear mudguards), and the $545 Value Package which ditches the Value Package 1’s shift knob and cargo mat package in favor of a black rear spoiler.

SE

Though it’s just $400 more than the LE with a starting price of $24,315, the SE 2.4 trim moves to the 2.4-liter motor and new-generation CVT. It upgrades the smartphone link with a seven-inch screen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Further, it adds perimeter locking with push-button start, LED running lights, soft-touch seating surfaces, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The non-optional carpeted floor mats and tonneau cover are back. Options-wise, the Value Package goes and the Chrome Package returns, as does the LE’s list of add-ons.

SEL

The $25,815 SEL 2.4 is the Outlander Sport’s premium tier, with leather seating surfaces that befit its station. Paddle shifters, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and black roof rails are now included. Additionally, the SE’s options list carries over to the SEL.

As is common practice, Mitsubishi has saved some of its best goodies for its apex trim. The Touring Package ($2,000) includes a 710-watt nine-speaker (including subwoofer) Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, a panoramic glass moonroof, and forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beams.

CarsDirect Tip

Of all the Outlander Sport trims, only the LE sets itself apart with unique trim and badging. If you're happy with the 2.0-liter engine and want your Outlander Sport to have some “personality,” it’s the way to go regardless of its number of driven wheels. Those looking to get the 2.4-liter motor have a choice: either get an SE and save $1,500 or go all-in for the SEL’s leather, panoramic glass roof, and access to the Touring Package.

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