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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ranking is based on its score within the 2015 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 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a bit roomier than most other subcompact SUVs, but its unrefined ride, poor reliability rating, and cheap cabin materials earn it a spot near the bottom of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Moderately nimble
  • Spacious second-row seating for the class
  • More cargo space than subcompact SUV rivals

  • Noisy, weak engine
  • Low-grade cabin styling and materials
  • Below-average reliability


2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is only a good subcompact SUV if you're willing to make a few trade-offs. While it provides good space and has one of the lowest ownership costs in the class, its subpar cabin materials and boring styling reflect the price. If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and can afford a bit more, there are better options.  

Used 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance and Interior

With its base 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport generates lots of noisy and sluggish highway acceleration, but feels peppy enough for city driving. The base model comes with a five-speed manual transmission, while all other trims have a continuously variable automatic transmission in need of an upgrade. A 168-horsepower engine is available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and some used models have all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is pretty decent for the class, with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Ride quality for day-to-day driving around town is decent.

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The five-seat, 2-row Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's cabin is unimpressive for the class, offering second-rate materials and dull styling. Still, its seats provide good head- and legroom and are relatively comfortable. There are complete sets of LATCH connectors on the Outlander Sport's second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

The 2015 Outlander Sport’s standard features include Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen with navigation. Dashboard controls for climate and audio are fairly easy to use on the base infotainment system. The available touch-screen, however, complicates some menu functions.

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Used 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Prices

The Outlander Sport is one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs available. The cost of a used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport starts at about $12,600 for the base ES model with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission. A used Outlander Sport GT with all-wheel drive, a more powerful engine, and a continuously variable transmission has an average cost of nearly $16,600.

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We Did the Research for You: 53 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the reviews of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 53 reviews for this 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The Outlander Sport has one of the lowest projected reliability scores in the class: a 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Outlander Sport?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outlander Sport its best rating of Good in four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). It earned an Acceptable rating in the small overlap front evaluation. It was also named a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Outlander Sport four out of five stars for overall safety, as well as in frontal and rollover crash tests. It earned five stars in the side crash test. Only some upper-trim Outlander Sport models come with a rearview camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Outlander Sport?

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's first generation began with the 2011 model year and continues through the 2017 model year. If you’re looking to save some money, consider the 2014 model. It was redesigned and includes the same 2.4-liter base engine as the 2015 model, as well as a standard third-row seat and technology upgrades like Bluetooth. The 2015 model adds a more powerful available four-cylinder engine, a retuned transmission, and some styling changes.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has three trim levels: ES, SE, and GT. The ES base trim comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, a color display screen, a four-speaker stereo, and heated outside mirrors. The base trim has limited engine power and few features, so most shoppers will want to step up to the Outlander Sport SE. It adds a 6.1-inch touch screen, two additional speakers, satellite radio, a rearview camera, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.

The Outlander Sport GT trim is the most appealing of the three, adding a more-powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT.

With the Outlander Sport's poor reliability rating, a certified pre-owned model may provide some peace of mind. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The Buick Encore sits near the top of our subcompact SUV rankings and is a better SUV by a large margin. Its class-leading reliability rating offers peace of mind, and its well-equipped cabin features upscale materials and attractive styling. Still, like the Outlander Sport, the Encore has an underpowered engine.

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

The Nissan Juke is, by far, the better performer. It's one of few subcompact SUVs that comes with a powerful base engine, and it also delivers competitive fuel economy estimates. The Juke is also a blast to drive, thanks to its sharp steering and nimble handling. However, it also has some subpar cabin materials, and it isn't as roomy as the Outlander Sport.

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