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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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2021 2.0 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $20,995
2021 2.0 ES 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $22,995
2021 2.0 LE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,995
2021 2.0 ES 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $24,545
2021 2.0 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,695
2021 2.0 BE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,195
2021 2.0 LE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $25,545
2021 2.0 SE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $26,245
2021 2.0 BE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $26,745
2021 2.4 GT 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $26,995


What's New

Changes for the 2021 Outlander Sport include a new mid-tier LE model and minor revisions to the BE trim. Key safety features have also been rolled-out across the Sport range, including auto high beam, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection.

Choosing Your Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2021 Outlander Sport starts at $22,190 (all prices include destination) for the S trim, which is the only model available exclusively as front-wheel drive. Flagship GT AWC models are available solely with all-wheel drive, costing $28,190. In between, there are four other trims (ES, LE, BE, and SE) with modest price and specification differences between them; adding AWD to any trim increases its sticker price by $1,550.

Engine Choices

The standard engine in an Outlander Sport is a two-liter four-cylinder gas engine, generating 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through a seven-speed CVT transmission with manual override.

Two-wheel drive models return an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 27 combined, and this figure drops to 23/29/26 MPG in AWD guise.

GT models are powered by a bigger 2.4-liter gas engine with increased output of 168 hp and 167 lb-ft. Fuel economy drops to 23/29/25 MPG in FWD configurations, and 23/28/25 MPG in AWD models.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder148 hp145 lb-ft24/30/27 mpg (FWD), 23/29/26 mpg (AWD)
2.4L 4-Cylinder168 hp167 lb-ft23/29/25 mpg (FWD), 23/28/25 mpg (AWD)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater Outlander Sport stands at 21.7 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 49.5 cu ft once they’re dropped.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Safety Features

The Outlander Sport’s safety credentials have been boosted for 2021 with the introduction of lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, and automatic high beam across the range.

Every model benefits from seven airbags, stability control with hill start assist, and brake force distribution. However, only ES trim and above receive rain-sensing wipers, automatic lights, and an auto-dimming mirror.


There’s a two-tier infotainment hierarchy in Outlander Sport models. S and ES trims make do with a seven-inch display and a solitary USB port, whereas LE models and above receive a larger eight-inch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay alongside dual device ports. HD radio is standard across the range, but LE and above also get satellite radio. The rather paltry four-speaker audio system fitted to most trims is upgraded to six speakers in SE and GT.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

S – From $22,190

Given its price, you wouldn’t expect S models to be lavishly equipped, and cost-cutting is evident in the basic infotainment system.

However, even the most affordable Outlander Sport receives cruise and climate control, rear heater ducts, and remote keyless entry. Also standard are power windows, LED daytime running lights, and rear privacy glass.

There are no upgrades or packages available on any Outlander Sport model.

ES – From $24,190

The only additions to ES models include LED fog lights, and 18-inch two-tone alloys on all-season tires, replacing the 16-inch steel wheels found on S models.

AWD versions also receive a drive selector shift knob, but it’s hard to see why this model commands a $2,000 premium over S trim.

LE – From $25,190

With black grille accents and side mirrors complementing black alloy wheels, LE models also sport a Limited Edition badge. This is the first trim to receive black seat fabric with red stitching, while the front seats are heated; leather adorns the steering wheel and shift knob.

More significantly, LE models are the first to receive a larger eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration and satellite radio, while voice recognition is also standard.

BE – From $26,390

Based on LE spec, Black Edition’s distinguishing features are all aesthetic, from black and red bumper garnishes and alloy wheels to body graphics, a roof spoiler and gloss black tailgate protector trim. The cabin also receives a black headliner and a leather-wrapped parking brake lever.

SE – From $25,890

Also based on LE trim, a key upgrade on SE models involves blind-spot warning with lane change assistance, plus a rear cross-traffic alert. Keyless entry and push-button start come as standard, while the audio system receives an extra pair of speakers.

There are body-colored power-folding side mirrors with turn indicators and matching outer door handles, chrome side garnish, and two-tone alloy wheels.

GT – From $28,190

With a more powerful 2.4-liter engine and standard AWD, GT trim is something of an outlier in the Outlander Sport range. It’s the only model to receive soft-touch seating and a Homelink-equipped auto-dimming rearview mirror, though its cabin specification is otherwise identical to SE.

Compare Outlander Sport Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

S trim is too basic, and ES offers nothing to justify its price premium. LE is the first model offering the level of infotainment and cabin comfort modern SUV buyers tend to expect, but SE costs only $700 more despite featuring a wealth of welcome upgrades. That makes it compelling value, and our pick of the range.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 148 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
2-spd Sportronic CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 148 HP / 145 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 30 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
49.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.9 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
64.8 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.9 "
Front Legroom
41.6 "
Rear Legroom
36.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,120 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Badging
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Carbon Fibre
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation (fcm) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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