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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance Review


Performance: 3.7

Prepare to be disappointed by the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's performance. Acceleration is slow with the base engine, and while the optional engine has more horsepower, it's nothing to write home about. There's a lot of noise from the base engine at high speeds, and this subcompact crossover is quick to jostle you around when you encounter a rough road. The Outlander Sport's vague steering further adds to the unenjoyable driving experience.

  • "It's noisy and slow when accelerating, uncomfortable and harsh-riding over bumps, and not overwhelmingly versatile from a utility standpoint. In general, the Outlander Sport is ineffective at convincing you that you bought anything other than basic transportation." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "There's even a 5-speed manual transmission on the base front-wheel-drive model. And while its driving characteristics and fuel economy fall short of the Mazda CX-5 and Kia Sportage, the Outlander Sport is a very stable vehicle made even better by Mitsubishi's advanced all-wheel-drive system." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "This is a softly sprung crossover designed for urban duty. The available all-wheel drive system is a useful feature for snowy climates, but doesn't transform the Outlander Sport into a real SUV by any means." -- Autotrader (2018)

Acceleration and Power

Powered by a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the base Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is underpowered and loud when it's pushed hard. Bypassing the base engine for the upgraded 168-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder will give you quicker acceleration, but it won’t excite you. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the base engine, while a relatively smooth-shifting continuously variable automatic transmission is available in the base trim and standard in all higher trim levels.

The Outlander Sport's fuel economy estimates are below average among the subcompact SUV class. With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the Outlander Sport earns 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive drops the mpg by 1 for both city and highway driving. The optional engine with front-wheel drive delivers 23/29 mpg city/highway. Highway ratings drop by 1 mpg in models with the optional engine and AWD.

  • "It's fairly noisy, and even with the bigger of the two engines, it's not the least bit quick off the line or at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "The base 2.0-liter engine is weak. It's noisy and slow compared with others in the segment. But at least the CVT has simulated gears for a more conventional feel during acceleration. The 2.4-liter engine makes a bit of a difference; be sure to try it before settling on the smaller motor." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "The base engine in the 2018 Outlander Sport is a forgettable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with only 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission, but it's overwhelmed by this little SUV, which comes in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD). Instead, get the available 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. At 168 horsepower it's no powerhouse, but it doesn't have to work as hard to get the Outlander Sport moving, so it's quieter as well as offering more punch. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the only option, but it mimics a standard transmission with 'shift' points, and it was smooth enough." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Handling and Braking

The best we can say about the Outlander Sport's driving experience is that it offers a comfortable ride over smooth pavement. Otherwise, excessive body roll around corners and inaccurate steering make this Mitsubishi a pain to maneuver, and the ride gets rough when travelling over bumpy roads. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "Every steering motion is met with a delayed body reaction. Even worse, there's very little on-center feel. You constantly have to make adjustments to keep the Outlander Sport going straight down the road." -- Edmunds
  • "Underneath the sheet metal, the Outlander Sport uses the same suspension setup as the larger Outlander – a MacPherson strut layout in front with a trailing multi-link at the rear. The configuration delivers a smooth ride quality but falls short in the realm of handling dynamics." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "Still, the age shows, and overall the Outlander Sport driving experience trails competitors like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

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