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Rankings & Research

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ranking is based on its score within the 2017 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 58 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.0
Reliability:
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sits at the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings because of its lack of interior refinement, weak engine performance, and short standard features list.

Pros & Cons

  • Long warranty coverage
  • Low ownership cost estimates
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Noisy, lackluster powertrains
  • Outdated cabin design

New for 2017

  • New LE trim level
  • Automatic climate control now standard
  • Larger engine no longer available in base trim

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Overview

Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not a good SUV. Neither of its two available engines is particularly quiet, good on fuel economy, or flush with power, and many complain of the Outlander Sport’s body lean through curves and vague steering. Plus, this Mitsubishi lacks active safety features common to rivals. The Outlander Sport’s only strong point is its below-average estimated operating costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 58 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

There are 247 listings on our site for the 2017 Outlander Sport, ranging from $14,800 to $21,900. The average list price is $17,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Outlander Sport are estimated to be $22,019. That’s below average for the subcompact SUV segment.

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

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a starting price of $20,395. Compare that with the 2017 Outlander Sport's average price of $17,800. With virtually no difference between the two models, you're better off saving your money and buying the 2017 model.

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Because the 2017 Outlander Sport ranks so low in the subcompact SUV segment, even a mid-ranked 2018 subcompact SUV is a better buy. The 2018 Nissan Kick has a starting price of $17,990, while the 2018 Jeep Renegade starts at $18,445. Both are much better picks than the Outlander Sport.

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Is Best?

The 2017 Outlander Sport is part of a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. The 2016 Outlander Sport received a refresh that improved cabin materials and the infotainment system. New available options for 2015 included a continuously variable automatic transmission and a new four-cylinder engine that brought improved fuel economy estimates. You can save money by shopping for older models, but doing so means you won't benefit from the aforementioned upgrades.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Outlander Sport has no open recalls.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in several trims: ES, SE, SEL, LE, and GT. The base ES trim includes front-wheel drive, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, cruise control, automatic climate control, and cloth upholstery. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE trim adds a more powerful engine, heated front seats, a 6.1-inch touch screen, six speakers, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and fog lights.

The LE trim is the right choice for many shoppers. It has a 6.5-inch touch screen, heated front seats, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-of-the-line SEL trim offers leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic on/off headlights, while the GT trim offers standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Warranty

Given its below-average predicted reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned 2017 Outlander Sport for 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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How Safe Is the Outlander Sport?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2017 Outlander Sport an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It received five stars in side impact testing and four stars in front and rollover crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outlander Sport a Good rating – the highest possible – for its crashworthiness in four out of five categories: moderate overlap front, side, rollover, and rear. In the small overlap front crash tests, it earned an Acceptable rating – the second-highest score – for the driver’s side and a Marginal rating – the second-lowest score ­– for the passenger side.

The 2017 Outlander Sport doesn't come standard with any advanced driver assistance features. The base model even lacks a rearview camera, though one comes standard in upper trims. Rear park assist is available in all trim levels.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is a sensible alternative to the 2017 Outlander Sport. The CX-3 comes with more standard features than the Outlander Sport, including a rearview camera and a 7-inch infotainment screen. The Mazda is also more fuel-efficient than the Mitsubishi. The CX-3 earns an excellent IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating and is available with a broad array of active safety features, including automatic emergency braking. The Mazda has a better predicted reliability rating, but the Mitsubishi does offer more cargo and rear-seat space. All in all, there are few reasons to choose the Mitsubishi over the Mazda.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or 2017 Jeep Renegade?

The 2017 Jeep Renegade can tackle difficult off-road situations better than most contenders in this class, and it's a good vehicle on-road too. The Renegade offers peppier engine choices, better on-road handling, and a more stylish interior than the Outlander Sport. Additionally, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Renegade models edge the Outlander Sport in fuel economy numbers. However, keep in mind that Renegade models with a manual transmission require premium fuel, which will impinge on your fuel bills.

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2017 Outlander Sport Performance

How Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Drive?

Despite its name, don’t expect sporty handling from the Outlander Sport. Its ride is reasonably smooth at higher speeds, making it a decent option if you want a softer ride for long commutes. However, its steering is dull, and its suspension is easily unsettled at lower speeds by small bumps and uneven city streets.

The 2017 Outlander Sport has two four-cylinder engine options. Base models receive a 148-horsepower engine, while upper trim levels get a 168-horsepower engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but only in the base ES models. The other trim levels come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

Base Outlander Sport models with the 148-horsepower engine and CVT can hit an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Ratings drop by 1 mpg in models with the five-speed manual or all-wheel drive. The larger 168-horsepower engine is rated at 23/28 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 22/27 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. These estimates are low for the class.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Towing Capacity

Mitsubishi does not recommend towing with the Outlander Sport.

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2017 Outlander Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Outlander Sport Seat?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Most occupants will find the front seats OK in terms of comfort as long as they aren't real tall, but the rear seats don't feel especially welcoming. Heated front seats are standard in all but the base level. Power-adjustable seats and leather upholstery are offered in the highest trim levels.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The 2017 Outlander Sport’s LATCH car-seat system includes two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Outlander Sport an Acceptable rating – its second highest - for the system’s ease of use, noting that minimal effort is required to install the seats, but other hardware might be confused with the tether anchor.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Features

Standard equipment in the base 2017 Outlander Sport is minimal. It includes four speakers, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Touch-screen infotainment systems (with either a 6.1 or 6.5-inch screen) with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and navigation are available. This Mitsubishi's cabin materials are disappointing – they are low-quality and hard to the touch.

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Dimensions

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Cargo Space

There is 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which is more room than many competitors offer. Fold the rear seats and this area expands to 49.5 cubic feet.

2017 Outlander Sport Length and Weight

The 2017 Outlander Sport is 14.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,109 to 3,285 pounds with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,343 pounds for all models.

Where Was the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Built?

Mitsubishi manufactured the 2017 Outlander Sport in Japan.

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