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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s poor reliability, unattractive cabin, and unwieldy handling drive it to the bottom of the subcompact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Cheaper than its rivals
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Underpowered, inefficient engines
  • Clumsy handling
  • Few available advanced safety features

New for 2016

  • SEL trim added to lineup
  • Updated exterior styling and interior materials

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's #11 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.6
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.0
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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs in the class. However, that is its only benefit. Most of its rivals have higher reliability ratings, more features, and better-looking interiors. Most also use less fuel and are better overall performers. This is just not a good SUV.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 55 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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

How Much Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

There are more than 370 listings on our site for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Prices range from $13,000 to about $20,500, with an average price of $15,800. That’s among the lowest in the class. The price you pay depends on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cost to Own?

The ongoing costs for gas, repairs, maintenance, and insurance vary by vehicle. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s five-year estimate for these expenses add up to nearly $23,900. Most rivals cost less to own, even those that rank significantly higher than the Outlander Sport. Five-year estimated ongoing costs for the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V are around $22,300. The Mazda CX-3’s are about $20,600.  

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

A new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport starts at $20,395, which is about $4,600 higher than average price of a used 2016 model. The 2018 Outlander Sport added climate control and a touch screen to the list of standard features. It also has a handful of available features that you can’t get in the 2016 model, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. However, adding these features to a 2018 model will increase its price. For budget-minded shoppers, the 2016 model is the way to go.

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You won’t find any new SUVs that cost less than a 2016 Outlander Sport.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

J.D. Power gave the 2016 Outlander Sport a reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. That’s one of the lowest ratings in the class.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has six recalls. They address a variety of issues: corrosion of the windshield wiper link and parking brake, vehicle hesitation during acceleration, engine stalling or overheating, liftgate failure, and doors unexpectedly opening. Before you buy, make sure a Mitsubishi dealer has addressed these recalls on the model you’re looking at.

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Is Best?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is part of a generation that started with the 2011 model. You can save some money with a 2013 or 2014 Outlander Sport, but you’ll miss out on a few upgrades that came later. For 2016, Mitsubishi spruced up the SUV’s styling, cabin materials, and stereo. For 2015, the model received a new 2.4-liter engine, a continuously variable transmission, and improved cabin sound insulation. Mitsubishi added standard automatic climate control for 2017, and they discontinued the 2.4-liter engine. For most shoppers, the 2016 Outlander Sport is the best of the bunch when it comes to features and value. Its average list price is $2,200 lower than that of the 2017 model.

However, none of these models are good. If you can, buy another SUV.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in four trims: ES, SE, SEL, and GT. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL trim offers the best value of the four. It comes with the stronger engine, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a six-speaker audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. It also comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

We review the full-size Mitsubishi Outlander SUV separately.

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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?

In crash tests, the 2016 Outlander Sport doesn’t perform as well as rivals. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest score of Good in all tests except the small overlap front crash test. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the driver’s side evaluation and the second-lowest rating of Marginal for the passenger’s side. The 2016 Outlander Sport has an overall four-star rating (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

No advanced safety features come standard in the Outlander Sport. A rearview camera and parking sensors are available. Several competing SUVs offer a number of advanced safety features, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2016 Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is the better SUV. It has a higher-quality cabin with more standard and available features, as well as about 10 cubic feet more overall cargo space. The HR-V also has better gas mileage, a more refined ride, and a higher reliability rating. We named the HR-V the winner of our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money and 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families awards.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2016 Mazda CX3?

While the Outlander Sport suffers from awkward handling, the Mazda CX-3 is one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Not only is it sporty, but it also earns some of the highest fuel economy estimates in the class. The CX-3 is available with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and blind spot monitoring – none of these are available with the Mitsubishi. Ongoing repair, maintenance, gas, and insurance expenses for the 2016 CX-3 are also a few thousand dollars lower than with the 2016 Outlander Sport. The Mazda CX-3 is the clear winner.

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2016 Outlander Sport Performance

How Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Drive?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s standard 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine feels underpowered, and it struggles to get the SUV up to higher speeds. A 168-horsepower four-cylinder engine is available in all but the base model. It offers a bit more power, but you’ll hardly notice it on the highway. A five-speed manual transmission is standard in the base trim, and a continuously variable automatic transmission comes with all other trims. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

This subcompact SUV has a pleasant ride, but its awkward handling and excessive body roll around corners take away from its driving dynamics. With the CVT, the engine is noisy under hard acceleration.

Does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive Outlander Sport are low for the class, at an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.  

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2016 Outlander Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Outlander Sport Seat?

The 2016 Outlander Sport seats five on cloth upholstery. Its cabin has outdated styling and some cheap materials. The front seats provide adequate support and a good amount of head- and legroom. The rear seats can reasonably accommodate adults, and taller folks may wish for more room. Some find the Outlander Sport’s cabin to be noisy.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable. The anchors are easy to find but can be confused with other hardware.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Features

Standard features include a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice-recognition system with steering wheel-mounted controls. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, automatic climate control, satellite radio, and HD Radio. A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation is available in the GT trim. The system is mostly user-friendly, but some simple audio functions require several steps.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Dimensions

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cargo Space

The 2016 Outlander Sport has 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 49.5 with them folded. Both are above the class average. The available panoramic sunroof and subwoofer slightly reduce cargo space.

2016 Outlander Sport Length and Weight

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has an overall length of nearly 14.3 feet and a gross vehicle weight of 4,343 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Built?

The 2016 Outlander Sport was manufactured in Japan.

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