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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport finishes near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings because it's slow to accelerate, it delivers a rough ride over uneven pavement, and its base engine is loud.

Pros & Cons

  • Lengthy warranty
  • Good amount of cargo space
  • Jarring ride over bumpy roads
  • Loud, underpowered base engine
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Mediocre cabin materials
  • Below-average fuel economy

New for 2019

  • Available blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist
  • Reshuffled and renamed trim levels
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat and full leather seats no longer available

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good SUV?

No, the 2019 Outlander Sport is not a good subcompact SUV. Its ride is harsh over bumpy roads, body roll is apparent when cornering, and steering feedback is minimal. The Outlander Sport also has some of the worst fuel economy estimates in the class. Inside, you'll find an aging design and interior materials that aren't as nice as some of its rivals'. The only highlights of the Outlander Sport are its lengthy warranty and respectable cargo capacity.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

It's hard to make a case for purchasing the Outlander Sport. Most of its competitors offer more while having similar, if not lower, retail prices. We recommend bypassing this subcompact crossover for one of its more well-rounded classmates, like the roomier Honda HR-V or the sportier Mazda CX-3.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The Outlander Sport debuted for the 2011 model year, and there have been a few notable changes over the past few model years. For 2016, Mitsubishi added the SEL trim level and updated the interior and exterior styling. The 2017 Outlander Sport received a new LE trim and standard automatic climate control. The 2018 Outlander Sport gained a standard touch screen and available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning.

For 2019, Mitsubishi replaced the SEL trim with the GT trim and added more available safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. If you want a power-adjustable driver's seat or leather upholstery, you’ll want to focus on used models because these options are no longer available.

If you're set on an Outlander Sport and want the latest safety features, go for the 2018 or 2019 model. Otherwise, go for a used model to save money. For more details on older models, read our 2016, 2017, and 2018 Outlander Sport reviews. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 67 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 67 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, interior dimensions, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Outlander Sport generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cost?

The 2019 Outlander Sport starts at $20,945, which is below average for the class. However, it has a higher price tag than several top-ranked vehicles. The midlevel LE and SE trims start at $23,145 and $23,545, respectively. The top-of-the-line GT trim has a starting price of $25,045. For an additional $1,500, you can add all-wheel drive to any model with a continuously variable automatic transmission.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is a better subcompact SUV than the Outlander Sport. It comes with an additional 9 cubic feet of overall cargo space, as well as more rear-seat passenger space. Additionally, its attractive interior features high-quality materials. The HR-V's precise steering stands in sharp contrast to the Outlander Sport's numb steering. Both vehicles lack a comfortable driving position and both feature an underpowered base engine, though the Mitsubishi has an optional engine that provides a little quicker acceleration. Even so, the Honda is the better pick.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or Mazda CX-3?

It may not have the word "sport" in its name, but unlike the Mitsubishi, the Mazda CX-3 is truly a sporty vehicle. The Mazda has engaging handling, responsive steering, a peppy engine, and strong brakes. Inside, the CX-3 has one of the most upscale interiors in the class. It also comes with more standard safety features than the Mitsubishi, like low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Outlander Sport offers lots more space for cargo and passengers, but the CX-3 is otherwise the superior SUV.

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Outlander Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Outlander Sport Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the Outlander Sport. For a subcompact crossover, it offers a substantial amount of space and support in the front row, but its upright driving position may be uncomfortable for some drivers. Additionally, rear visibility is hindered by the small rear window and thick roof pillars. Taller passengers may feel cramped in the back because of the limited headroom.

Outlander Sport and Car Seats

For connecting child car seats, there are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The IIHS noted that the upper tether anchors could be confused for other hardware.

Outlander Sport Interior Quality

The Outlander Sport hasn’t had a full redesign in years, and it has fallen behind many rivals in terms of interior quality and styling. Nonetheless, its cabin is well-constructed, with soft-touch materials and clearly arranged controls. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

Outlander Sport Cargo Space

The Outlander Sport has 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is slightly above the class average. Overall cargo space is average for the class, at 49.5 cubic feet. The seats fold flat and the load floor is low, which makes it easy to stow items.

Outlander Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

All trims come with an infotainment system that features a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, four speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The system is made up of user-friendly controls, and every trim level except the base ES trim gets standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Satellite radio and a six-speaker audio system are also available.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Outlander Sport Performance

Outlander Sport Engine: Slow to Get Going

The Outlander Sport suffers from tepid acceleration whether it's paired with the base 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the optional 168-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Pick the larger four-cylinder since it doesn't take as much effort to accelerate and isn't as noisy. Base models with front-wheel drive come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A smooth-operating continuously variable automatic transmission is available in the base trim and standard in all others.

Outlander Sport Gas Mileage: Low Estimates

The Outlander Sport's fuel economy estimates are below average for the class. With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the Outlander Sport gets 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Models with the upgraded engine and front-wheel drive get 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway. All-wheel-drive-models get 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with the base engine, while all-wheel-drive models with the optional engine get 1 less mpg on the highway.

Outlander Sport Ride and Handling: A Let Down

The Outlander Sport has a comfortable ride over smooth roads, but it's hard to look past all its performance faults. Namely, it has poor steering feedback and noticeable body roll around corners. Ride quality suffers when driving on rough roads, making this Mitsubishi one of the most unenjoyable vehicles in the class to drive. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Outlander Sport Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Outlander Sport a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Warranty

The 2019 Outlander Sport comes with one of the longest warranties in the class. It has a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Outlander Sport Safety

Outlander Sport Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Outlander Sport the highest rating of Good in four crash safety tests, an Acceptable rating (the second highest) in the driver-side small overlap front crash test, and a Marginal rating (the second lowest) in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The GT trim's headlights earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal for outward visibility, and the other trims got the lowest rating of Poor.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this Mitsubishi an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in side crash tests.

Outlander Sport Safety Features

The only advanced safety feature that comes standard in the Outlander Sport is a rearview camera. You'll have to opt for an upper trim level to get additional active safety features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, forward collision warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Outlander Sport measures 14.4 inches long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,109 to 3,285 pounds. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,343 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Built?

Mitsubishi builds the Outlander Sport in Japan.

Which Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Outlander Sport is available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE, and GT. The LE trim is a decent pick and includes features like smartphone integration technology and heated front seats. For additional safety features, you'll have to step up to the SE or GT trim. The 2.0-liter engine is standard in all models except the GT. For an additional $1,500, you can add all-wheel drive to any model with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is standard in every trim but the base.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

The ES trim starts at $20,945 and comes with a manual transmission, cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth, four speakers, and a USB port. A CVT costs $1,200.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

Starting at $23,145, the LE trim adds Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

The SE trim has a starting price of $23,545 and adds blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

The GT trim starts at $25,045 and comes with the 2.4-liter engine. It also adds lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a nice amount of cargo space and a long warranty but not much else. Many rivals cost less than this Mitsubishi and have nicer cabins, stronger powertrains, better steering feedback, and better fuel efficiency. We do not recommend the Outlander Sport.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If Mitsubishi could give it a better engine and suspension tuning, it might give a few brands a run for their money. But in one of the most hotly contested segments, the dated Outlander Sport comes up short. You'll be happier with other crossover SUVs such as the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona or the Mazda CX-3." -- Edmunds
  • "Mitsubishi's 2019 Outlander Sport compact-crossover SUV isn't as popular as, say, the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Crosstrek, but it's nevertheless a good value. It's also backed by the best powertrain warranty in the business, lasting for 10 years or 100,000 miles." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Outlander Sport is a small crossover based on Mitsubishi's larger Outlander model. It comes up short on cargo room, engine power and handling compared to many similarly-priced rivals, but pleasant styling and decent fuel efficiency make it worth a look." -- Left Lane News (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: September 27, 2019

Descending Sales: Sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sit in the lower half of the subcompact SUV class this year. The class sales leader, the Subaru Crosstrek, is outselling the Outlander Sport more than 3 to 1. Outlander Sport sales have fallen 17.3 percent so far in 2019 relative to the same span last year.

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