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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Dull acceleration
  • Noisy engine
  • Limited cargo space

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.0
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is powered by a four-cylinder engine that is mated to a standard manual transmission or an available continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some reviewers said that the Outlander Sport has adequate power, but others wrote that its engine is noisy, and that the Outlander Sport struggles to pass other vehicles on the highway. The 2012 Outlander Sport gets up to 25/31 mpg city/highway, which is impressive for the class. The Outlander Sport's ride is firm, according to reviewers. Some said that the Outlander Sport offers controlled handling, though others noticed body lean in turns. Some reviewers found the Outlander Sport’s brakes to be strong, while others wished they were more responsive.

Reviewers said the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's interior is outfitted with lots of plastics, though they said the materials are acceptable given the Outlander Sport’s low starting price when it was new. They reported that the five-seat Outlander Sport’s seats are supportive, but some noted that they can be a bit too firm. The base Outlander Sport comes with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, an auxiliary input and a USB port. A Rockford Fosgate stereo, a navigation system and a rearview camera are available. The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row of seats folded, which is notably small for the class.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Chevrolet Equinox has seats that reviewers said are spacious and comfortable, as well as a rear sliding seat that allows for either more legroom or cargo space. Test drivers said the Equinox's well-executed interior stands out from competitors. The 2012 Chevy Equinox also won our Best Two-row Compact SUV for the Money award when it was new.

Automotive writers said the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan offers fun, sporty handling, as well as a turbocharged engine that produces plenty of power. The Tiguan has a bit more cargo space than the Outlander Sport, and test drivers said it has a high-quality interior with comfortable rear seats and intuitive controls.

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