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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

All-new for 2011, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a spacious interior for five, but those looking for a highly refined interior or a sporty ride may want to consider other options.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Great safety ratings
  • Underpowered engine
  • Sloppy handling

Rankings & Awards

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It is the winner of our 2011 Best Compact Crossover for the Money award. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 35 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 10.0
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport debuted in 2011, and critics said that it has a spacious interior with comfortable seats, as well as a fairly respectable list of standard features. However, it doesn’t live up to the sport in its name, as most critics said it lacks the power and agility needed to actually make it sporty.

Powering the Outlander Sport is a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine that critics largely found underwhelming. Buyers can choose between a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front- or all-wheel drive, although the latter can only be paired with the CVT. The Outlander Sport does achieve respectable fuel economy for the class, at 25/31 mpg city/highway for a CVT-equipped front-wheel drive model. Manual and AWD models average just slightly less.

Inside, critics were pleased with the five-seat Outlander Sport’s ample passenger space, but otherwise, opinions were mixed at best. Some said material quality was good, while others were not as pleased. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 49.5 cubic feet, which is very low for the class. Standard equipment on all trims includes Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo with a USB port. Upgraded equipment when it was new includes a six-disc CD changer, a panoramic sunroof, navigation and a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate stereo.

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Other SUVs to Consider

One alternative 2011 compact SUV to consider is the 2011 Ford Escape. Critics said the aging Escape has lost a step or two to competitors that have been redesigned and offer more refinement and upscale amenities. However, four-cylinder models get good fuel economy, and the Escape stands out from the crowd with its more traditional SUV styling that most in the segment have foregone.

Another competitor worth looking at is the 2011 Jeep Compass. While it isn’t as capable off-road as a Jeep Wrangler, critics said the Compass is fairly adept beyond the pavement, and it gets decent fuel economy as well. Keep in mind that it isn’t the most spacious in terms of either seating or cargo, but it does offer greater interior refinement over the 2010 model, since it went through a slight redesign.

Compare the Outlander Sport to the Escape and Compass »

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