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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ranks near the bottom of the subcompact SUV class. While it’s roomier than its rivals, its weak engines, cheap cabin materials, and terrible reliability rating hold it back in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • More cargo and rear-seat space than many rivals
  • Uninspired engines
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Poor reliability rating


Rankings & Research

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good Used SUV?

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not a very good used subcompact SUV. It has more passenger and cargo room than many of its classmates, and it’s one of the most affordable models in the class to buy, but its advantages end there. While its safety score is decent, every rival earns a higher one. This Mitsubishi also has a horrible reliability rating, a rough ride, a low-rent cabin, and glacial highway acceleration.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mitsubishi Outlander Sport review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 57 sources and combined them with concrete data like reliability ratings, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

Based on more than 570 listings for the 2015 Outlander Sport on our site, the average list price is about $14,500. Prices range between $11,000 and $18,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cost to Own?

The 2015 Outlander Sport's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are estimated to be around $23,680, or $4,736 per year. That’s about average among subcompact SUVs. For comparison, those same five-year costs are estimated to be around $1,690 less with the 2015 Subaru Crosstrek.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

For 2019, Mitsubishi replaced the Outlander Sport's SEL trim with a GT trim and added available driver aids such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist. The 2019 model also lost features such as leather seats. Unless you really want those new safety add-ons, there’s little reason to buy a new Outlander Sport over a used one.

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The price of a used 2015 Outlander Sport ranges from $11,000 to $18,000. Only one new subcompact SUV comes close to that spread. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has a retail price of $18,540. It has ample space in both rows, a larger cargo hold than the Mitsubishi, better fuel economy estimates, and more available connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unlike the Mitsubishi’s, the Nissan’s continuously variable automatic transmission is quiet. Despite costing a little more, the Kicks is a better vehicle and a better value in almost every way.

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Is Best?

The 2015 Outlander Sport belongs to a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. The 2015 model gained an available 2.4-liter engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. For 2016, Mitsubishi refreshed the Outlander Sport’s styling and added the SEL trim. The only significant change for 2017 was the addition of standard automatic climate control. The 2018 model gained a standard touch screen and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, as well as safety features like forward collision warning and brake assist.

For most budget-minded shoppers, the refined exterior and interior styling of the 2016 Outlander Sport make it the best bet among recent editions.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Outlander Sport a poor reliability rating of two out of five. Two is the lowest rating J.D. Power gives out.

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Recalls

As of this writing, there are seven recalls for this Mitsubishi. These recalls involve possible fluid leaks, failing seat belts, engine stalls, hesitation when accelerating, and corroding windshield wipers and parking brakes. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Outlander Sport is available in three trim levels: ES, SE, and GT. The GT trim comes standard with the more powerful 2.4-liter engine. Notably, this engine is available in the base ES trim but not the midlevel SE. On the other hand, the SE has some comfort features that you can’t get in the ES, such as leather upholstery and heated front seats. To get those and the stronger engine, you’ll have to step up to the top-of-the-line GT trim.

Standard equipment in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES includes a five-speed manual transmission, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cloth seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The stronger engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are available. Some models may feature front and rear parking sensors, a 7-inch touch screen, and a navigation system.

The Outlander Sport SE swaps the manual transmission for the CVT and gains a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a rearview camera, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and fog lights. The stronger engine is not available with the Outlander Sport SE, but this trim is available with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium stereo, and front and rear parking sensors.

The GT trim pairs the SE’s standard features with the stronger base engine. All-wheel drive is available in every trim.

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What Does Mitsubishi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mitsubishi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each CPO Mitsubishi must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers. Only Mini’s, Kia’s, Buick’s, and Smart's are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Outlander Sport?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Outlander Sport a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test, and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in side crash tests and four stars in front and rollover crash tests.

There are no standard active safety features in this crossover, but front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are available.

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Versus the Competition

Many of the Outlander Sport’s well-known rivals, such as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, did not debut until the 2016 model year.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is the Outlander Sport's bigger brother that lives in the compact SUV class. It has more room for passengers and cargo, and it’s one of the few models in its class to have third-row seating. Unlike its smaller sibling, the Outlander offers a V6 engine. The tradeoff is price. On average, buying the Outlander costs around $2,400 more than the Outlander Sport. In most other respects, these two vehicles are similar, offering comparable standard equipment lists and dull base engines. Choosing between them is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is a compact SUV. As such, it has more rear-seat room and cargo space than the subcompact Mitsubishi. The Toyota also has a gentle and composed ride, and while its sole engine is unimpressive, it’s stronger than anything you’ll find in the Outlander Sport. It has a higher reliability rating too, as well as more available safety features, such as automatic high beams and lane departure warning. The Toyota is more expensive to buy, by around $5,300 on average, but if your budget stretches that far, it’s the superior choice.

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2015 Outlander Sport Performance

How Does the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Drive?

Mitsubishi provides two engine choices for the Outlander Sport. A 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard. Available in the base trim and standard in the top-level GT trim is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available.

Both engines feel underpowered, especially on the highway, and the extra 20 horsepower in the larger engine does little to help. Also, the CVT causes the engine to drone at higher speeds. Day-to-day ride quality is decent, and this vehicle has a gentle ride and responsive steering, though rival crossover SUVs are more athletic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Outlander Sport with the base engine and CVT gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are great fuel economy estimates for the class. With the larger engine, estimates drop to 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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2015 Outlander Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Outlander Sport Seat?

This Mitsubishi seats five people. Cloth seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard equipment. Heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and leather upholstery are available. The front seats are decently comfortable and spacious enough for most adults. The rear seats offer more room than you'll get in rivals, and they can accommodate two adults for short stints, but for longer trips they’re still best left for children. Most critics were unimpressed with the Outlander Sport’s bland styling and cheap material quality.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The 2015 Outlander Sport has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. There’s also a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. Some of the tether anchors can be confused for other hardware, but the whole system is generally easy to use.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Features

Standard equipment in this SUV includes Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system. Available features include a 6.1- or 7-inch touch screen, a premium nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof.

The physical controls are logically arranged and easy to use, though some critics thought the touch screen controls were needlessly complicated.

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Dimensions

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cargo Space

This vehicle has 21.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 49.5 cubic feet behind the front seats (48.8 cubic feet in models equipped with the panoramic roof). That’s more room than many rivals provide.

2015 Outlander Sport Length and Weight

This crossover measures about 14.1 feet long. Curb weight ranges from 3,021 pounds with the manual transmission to 3,285 pounds for the GT trim.

Where Was the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Built?

Mitsubishi built the 2015 Outlander Sport in Illinois.

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