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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was new.


Performance: 6.7

According to reviewers, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a weak base engine that's noisy during acceleration, and the larger available engine is only marginally better. The available automatic transmission's programming also contributes to the engine noise. The Outlander Sport's ride is smooth, although most test drivers agree that its handling is uneven and the steering is uncommunicative.

  • "Dynamically, the Sport disappoints by way of its limited power and erratic transmission behavior, yet, ride quality approaches best in class, and handling borders on sporty." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "It stumbles on the performance front, too. Its 148-horsepower engine lacks muscle relative to the competition and handling isn't nearly as sharp and responsive as you'd expect from a vehicle with ‘Sport’ in its name." -- Edmunds (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Outlander Sport comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 148 horsepower. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower is available. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but it is only offered with the smaller engine. A continuously variable transmission, a type of automatic, is available with the base engine and standard with the larger engine. According to the EPA, the Outlander Sport gets 24/31 mpg city/highway when equipped with a CVT, which is below average for the class.

The Outlander Sport is one of the more sluggish vehicles in its class. The base engine delivers subpar power, and the larger engine isn't much better. Both engines make a lot of noise while accelerating. The CVT is geared to aid performance, but this also contributes to unwanted engine noise.

  • "With the base 2.0-liter engine, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn't the slowest vehicle in its class, but the raucous drone during acceleration may deter you from exploring its potential. That's largely the CVT's fault, as it's programmed to hold a high engine speed for maximum performance, but the 2.0-liter motor itself is also unrefined by nature. The 2.4-liter upgrade is marginally better-mannered, but the CVT is still an unpleasant companion." -- Edmunds
  • "[E]ngine noise … is noticeably raucous, but only under acceleration, which is adequate if no more." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The engine is this Mitsu's weak link. The mandatory 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is noisy and slow compared to others in the segment." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive is standard on the Outlander Sport, and all-wheel drive is available. The ride is smooth on paved surfaces. A few reviewers think the Outlander Sport is maneuverable and has responsive steering, but most agree that there is too much body lean when cornering and that inaccurate steering further hurts its handling.

  • "The … [suspension] delivers a smooth ride quality but falls short in the realm of handling dynamics." -- Left Lane News
  • "Despite the 'Sport' moniker, this Mitsubishi is far from sporty on a winding road. There's little steering feel and a significant dead spot in the center. The suspension doesn't fare any better, suffering from an abundance of body roll and a nervous ride quality over rough surfaces. In Edmunds handling tests, the Outlander Sport GT was described as being 'all over the place.'" -- Edmunds
  • "The Outlander Sport is as easy to maneuver around town as it is on twisting back roads." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Of the 2 types of Outlander, this tester thought ride and handling were better in the Sport. On the highway, it stepped smartly over surface imperfections without nosediving or wagging side-to-side. Steering was responsive and braking was good, too, though pedal travel may have been a little long." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "This is a softly sprung crossover designed for urban duty, and that's as it should be. The available all-wheel-drive system is a nice feature for snowy climes, but it doesn't transform the Outlander Sport into a real SUV by any means. Happily, the Sport is an agreeable companion on the pavement, riding smoothly and fairly quietly for a bargain-priced SUV." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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