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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sits near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings. Its performance trails just about every class rival, and its interior quality is nothing to boast about.

Pros & Cons

  • Straightforward infotainment controls
  • Good amount of rear cargo space
  • Firm ride
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Dull, noisy base engine
  • Some low-rent cabin materials

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #15 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 6.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 69 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 4.7
Performance: 4.9
Interior: 6.2
Safety: 8.9
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Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good SUV?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not a good subcompact SUV. It lacks some of the safety features of its rivals, its base engine is noisy and underpowered, and its ride can be jittery. Also, some of its cabin materials feel cheap. On top of that, this Mitsubishi has an above-average starting price.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

There’s really no reason to buy the Outlander Sport when most other small crossover SUVs cost less to purchase and give you better all-around quality. The Honda HR-V has more room for passengers and cargo than the Outlander Sport, and the Mazda CX-3 has lithe handling that makes it a lot more fun to drive.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

If you want an 8-inch touch screen, stick with a 2020 Outlander Sport. Otherwise, most of what you’d get in a new Outlander Sport can be found in older models.

Mitsubishi launched the Outlander Sport for the 2011 model year and refreshed it for 2016. As part of the refresh, the exterior and interior styling was revamped, and the SEL trim joined the lineup. The 2017 Outlander Sport received standard automatic climate control, while the 2018 model gained a standard touch screen, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability.

For 2019, Mitsubishi replaced the SEL trim with the GT trim and added more available safety features, including blind spot monitoring. Mitsubishi also dropped the leather upholstery and power-adjustable driver’s seat options.

For the 2020 Outlander Sport, an 8-inch touch screen becomes available, and the manual transmission is discontinued.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Outlander Sport, 2018 Outlander Sport, and 2019 Outlander Sport reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 63 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions with 63 professional Mitsubishi Outlander Sport reviews.

This 2020 Outlander Sport review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for 2011.

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cost?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a starting MSRP of $22,495, which is slightly more expensive than most rivals. On the flip side, the top-of-the-line GT starts at $25,395, which undercuts the base prices of many rivals’ top trims.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or Nissan Rogue Sport?

While it may not be a great subcompact SUV, the Nissan Rogue Sport is better than the Outlander Sport. Compared to the Mitsubishi, the Nissan has a larger cargo hold and more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a quiet powertrain that doesn’t drone, unlike the Mitsubishi. Despite their names, neither vehicle is sporty, but the Rogue Sport provides a gentler ride. Both vehicles have similar MSRPs, making the Rogue Sport the one to buy.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or Mitsubishi Outlander?

Neither the Mitsubishi Outlander, a compact SUV, nor the Outlander Sport are great vehicles. We don’t recommend these SUVs, but if you must pick one, choose the Outlander. It can seat up to seven people in three rows, and it has more powertrain options than its sibling, including a V6 engine and a plug-in hybrid with 22 miles of electric-only driving range. However, the Outlander Sport’s starting price is about $2,300 less than the Outlander’s.

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Outlander Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Outlander Sport Seat?

The Outlander Sport seats five people in two rows. Cloth upholstery is standard, and upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

The front row is spacious, but critics are mixed on the amount of headroom in the rear. A small rear window and thick roof pillows restrict visibility.

Outlander Sport and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Outlander Sport’s rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

Outlander Sport Interior Quality

While this Mitsubishi has a well-built cabin with a few soft-touch surfaces, it also has some cheap materials and a somewhat bland design.

Outlander Sport Cargo Space

This vehicle has 21.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which is slightly above average for a subcompact SUV. Its 49.5 cubic feet behind the front seats is par for the course, and it’s more overall room than the compact Mitsubishi Outlander. A flat load floor helps with stowing cargo.

Outlander Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Outlander Sport comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, and HD Radio.

A few tech upgrades are available, including an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, an additional USB port, and satellite radio.

The infotainment system is a bit sparse on equipment, but it’s intuitive. There are plenty of physical controls, and the touch screen is large and easy to read

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Outlander Sport Performance

Outlander Sport Engine: Sleepy

The base Outlander Sport comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A slightly stronger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque is available in the Outlander Sport GT. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard.

This powertrain drones noisily. The CVT is smooth, but the base engine is weak, and the GT's engine, while more robust, doesn't drastically improve the car's performance. Acceleration remains tepid regardless of engine.

Outlander Sport Gas Mileage: Poor

The Outlander Sport with the base engine and front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s below average for a subcompact SUV. The Outlander GT gets 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Outlander Sport Ride and Handling: Neither Sporty nor Comfortable

Despite its name, this Mitsubishi does not provide an engaging drive. The ride is firm, and lots of road flaws translate to the cabin. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive (AWC, as Mitsubishi calls it) is available.

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Outlander Sport Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Outlander Sport a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Warranty

Mitsubishi covers this SUV with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most rivals provide shorter terms.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The cost of insuring a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Outlander Sport Safety

Outlander Sport Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Outlander Sport an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. This SUV earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

At the time of writing, the 2020 Outlander Sport has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Outlander Sport Safety Features

Every Outlander Sport comes with a rearview camera. Some models come with rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane charge alert, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Notably, adaptive cruise control is absent.

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Outlander Sport Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 Outlander Sport is about 14.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,120 to 3,296 pounds. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,343 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Built?

Mitsubishi builds the 2020 Outlander Sport in Japan.

Which Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Model Is Right for Me?

Mitsubishi offers the 2020 Outlander Sport in four trim levels: ES, SP, SE, and GT.

The SE trim is the best bet, as it adds more tech and safety features. However, shoppers after the 168-horsepower four-cylinder engine will need to move all the way up to the GT trim. The lower trims come with a 148-horsepower four-cylinder.

Available throughout the lineup are rear parking sensors ($465) and remote start ($545). You can also add all-wheel drive (all-wheel control, or AWC as Mitsubishi calls it) to any trim for $1,500.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES

The entry-level Outlander Sport ES has a starting MSRP of $22,495. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, alloy wheels, and automatic climate control.

For $850, you can add the Convenience package. It includes an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a second USB port, satellite radio, and heated front seats.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

The Outlander Sport SE starts at $24,195. It gains the contents of the Convenience package, as well as a six-speaker stereo, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, proximity keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights are also included.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SP

The Outlander Sport SP has a starting price of $24,545. Despite having a higher cost than the SE, the SP reverts to the base ES trim's four-speaker stereo and loses several of the SE trim's upgrades, including proximity keyless entry, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, and all of the advanced safety features. The SP does pick up some unique styling elements, such as a roof spoiler and a unique grille.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

The top-trim Outlander Sport GT has a starting MSRP of $25,395. It comes with a 168-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Its equipment list otherwise resembles that of the SE trim.

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The Final Call

Outside of a lengthy warranty, there’s little that the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport does well that a classmate doesn’t do better. Most rival subcompact SUVs have sportier handling, gentler rides, and more energetic engines than the Outlander Sport. Many of them also have nicer cabin materials and more available safety features. As the cherry on top, many cost less to buy.

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

  • "Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a good car? For the most part, the Outlander Sport has proven to be a reliable vehicle with a good track record for dependability. It isn’t as polished or refined as a Honda CR-V or Subaru Crosstrek, but it drives well and is about as powerful as most in this segment. The Outlander Sport doesn’t hold very good resale figures, however, and its fuel economy is at the lower end of the small-crossover-SUV spectrum." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A jack-of-all-trades but a master of none, the Outlander Sport is purely a machine for transportation. Any sort of fun or enjoyment will come from the overactive imagination of the driver. As an easily approachable, no-nonsense car, the Outlander Sport appeals to those whose discernment for driving is overruled by pricing requirements. It's not the most charismatic of cars you'll meet on the road. But thanks to its warranty and roadside assistance, it is dependable." -- Edmunds


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 23, 2020

Dipping Sales: Sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rank in the lower third of the subcompact SUV class. The segment sales leading Chevrolet Trax is currently outselling the Outlander Sport by over 3 to 1. Demand for the Outlander Sport has slowed this year, with dealerships selling 6.3 percent fewer models compared to the same period in 2019.

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