Outlander Sport

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - July 24, 2020

Model Preview

In 2020, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport went through a comprehensive front and rear refresh. With this look just a year old, we expect the 2021 Outlander Sport to be a carryover model.

The 2020 Outlander Sport brought in updated looks with lighting cues gleaned from the larger Eclipse Cross, but its bones mostly remained the same. These updates included revised LED lights on the front and rear, a faux skid plate, and a handful of new color options. With this refresh entering only its second year, we expect no visual changes to the 2021 Outlander Sport.

Other than a new 8-inch touchscreen, the 2020 Outlander’s interior remained the same through the refresh. This left it with a stale-feeling cabin that appears stuck way back in 2011. Its heavy use of black and lack of interesting shapes only compound its dated feel.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

We expect the 2021 Outlander Sport to retain the current model’s powertrain lineup, which starts with a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and caps off with a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-pot. Both engines pair with a continuously variable transmission and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option with both engines.

In IIHS testing, the current Outlander Sport struggled with the IIHS’ small-overlap driver’s side test, scoring only an “Acceptable” rating. It did, however, get “Good” ratings in all other crash tests and a “Superior” rating for its optional automatic emergency braking. The latter is optional only in SE and GT trims. The SE does feature a few standard advanced safety bits, including lane departure warnings, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, active lane control, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights. We expect the safety ratings and features to remain the same in the 2021 Outlander Sport.

Pricing & Release Date

Mitsubishi expects to have the 2021 Outlander Sport in showrooms in the fall of 2020.

Pricing isn’t confirmed yet, but with no notable changes, we expect the 2021 Outlander Sport’s MSRP to remain close to the current model’s range of $23,790 to $28,190 (destination fees included).

This subcompact crossover will compete with the Ford Ecosport, Hyundai Kona, and Nissan Rogue Sport.

Learn more about the current Outlander Sport on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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