2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Performance


#14 out of 15 in Subcompact SUVs

MSRP
$22,595
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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 4.9

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport fails to excite. Its base engine is lackluster and noisy, and the optional variant, while making more horsepower, is only a minor improvement. Acceleration is tepid, and this crossover jostles and bumps on broken pavement.

  • "The ‘Sport’ in Outlander Sport is a misnomer. The engine is underpowered, the continuously variable automatic transmission performs poorly, and handling and suspension tuning are unrefined. It's a pretty dreary vehicle to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

You can choose between two engine options in this SUV. Lower trims get a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the GT trim gets a 168-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Regardless of which engine you choose, you'll get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The base engine feels underpowered, and it drones a lot. The stronger engine in the GT trim is slightly punchier. The CVT simulates gear shifts smoothly.

At 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the base Outlander Sport gets subpar fuel economy estimates for a subcompact SUV.

Models with the base engine and all-wheel drive earn 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The GT trim with the stronger engine also gets 23/29 mpg city/highway.

  • 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 but it's only available with the GT trim." -- Autotrader
  • The 2.4-liter engine, with 168 horsepower, is a better choice than the 148-horse 2.0-liter, with only a small price to pay in fuel economy. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) can drone a bit under hard acceleration, but overall it works well." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Outlander Sport has a firm, harsh ride. Plenty of bumps and dips can be felt in the cabin. Getting around town is manageable, but those looking to drive this crossover on a road trip will want to look elsewhere.

Steering and braking are capable, but despite the name, the Outlander Sport isn’t particularly sporty. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The Outlander Sport lacks the ride comfort and suspension compliance of its competition. For a vehicle that has been on the market for as long as this Mitsu has, there's really no excuse for this. It's OK for around-town use, but long-distance drivers should look elsewhere. The ride is particularly egregious: harsh over bumps yet floaty over smoother undulations, giving you the worst of both worlds." -- Edmunds
  • The ride is a bit firm, but it corners nicely and had good feedback to the steering and brakes. The public doesn’t seem to mind the Outlander Sport’s age as it remains one of Mitsubishi’s best sellers. While the Outlander Sport’s driving characteristics and fuel economy don’t match those of the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5, the Mitsubishi feels stable, aided by the company’s advanced all-wheel-drive system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • This is a softly sprung crossover designed for urban duty. It's agreeable enough on the pavement, riding smoothly and fairly quietly for a bargain-priced SUV. The available AWD system is a useful feature for snowy climates but doesn't transform the Outlander Sport into a real SUV by any means." -- Autotrader
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