There's nothing particularly offensive about the exterior styling, and there's definitely more unattractive vehicles available in the segment (we're looking at you, Toyota C-HR). Sheetmetal updates, including a refresh of the front fascia last year, have helped belie the car's age and keep it looking fresh.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the interior, which puts the basement in bargain-basement. Expanses of hard black plastic dominate the dash, and the controls feel cheap and unsubstantial. The SEL attempts to mask this with bits of brightwork around the infotainment screen and contrasting white stitching on the leather seats, but the overall aura of the cabin is still that of a decade-old economy car.
If it's any consolation, the Outlander Sport does come with technology buyers will appreciate. All trims come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Bluetooth and HD radio capability, automatic climate control, keyless entry, a USB port, and two 12-volt outlets. All models but the ES include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and heated front seats.