2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV

MSRP $22,595 - $26,995

Ranked #15 in Compact Suv

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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of those compact SUVs that might just not pop into your head when looking for an affordable subcompact SUV. But with the cabin packed with features and a warranty that rivals the likes of the Koreans, the affordability turns into value for money. Sure it doesn’t have the punch that some of its rivals have to offer and the cabin too might feel a bit lackluster and cheap, but at this price point, it’s more on the lines of "you get what you pay for."

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Pros

Feature loaded for the segment

Affordable pricing

Excellent warranty coverage

Cons

Cabin material quality is cheap

Slow to respond transmission

Bumpy roads unsettle the ride

What's New?

Forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning are now standard

LE trim level replaces the previous SP trim

Omission of the Black Edition model


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22595

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

171.9 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

3120 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

49.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1043 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/30 mpg

highway range

498 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

ES$22,595 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • Four-Speaker audio system
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Led headlights

SE$24,295 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitor
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Six-Speaker audio system
  • Ventilated front seats

SP$24,645 onwards

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Siriusxm satellite radio

BE$25,395 onwards

  • Black Edition badging
  • Black side mirrors
  • Large roof spoiler
  • Nine-Speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system

GT$25,495 onwards

  • Imitation leather upholstery
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Soft-Touch seating surfaces

Colors and Styles

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV in Alloy Silver Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

5.7

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

5.7

Safety

8.1

Competition

6.5

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.8

Overall Rating


For the 2021 model year, there have been few changes made to the Outlander Sport, starting with the standardization of forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning. The Black Edition trim has also been removed from the lineup, and the SP trim is now rebadged as LE. The prices start at an MSRP of $22,090 for the base trim of this baby Mitsubishi Outlander as it competes against the more popular competitors like Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona,Kia Seltos, and Toyota C-HR.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV front view
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV rear view

5.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

5.7/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

6.5/10
Competition


2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Features

Mitsubishi has eliminated the Black Edition trim from the lineup for the 2021 model year lineup and now sells the Outlander Sport in five different trims. The base S trim is mostly bare-bones and is only available in an FWD guise, while the top-of-the-line GT trim features everything that Mitsubishi can throw at it and features AWD as standard. The wide range of trims makes sure that the Outlander Sport fits every budget with the maximum number of possible features in it. 

Trims

2.0 S

2.0 ES

2.0 LE

2.0 SE

2.4 GT

MSRP (FWD)

$22,090

$24,090

$25,090

$25,790

-

MSRP (AWC)

-

$25,640

$26,640

$27,340

$28,090

Key Features

Lane Departure Warning

Front Fog/Driving Lights

Push start button

Hands-Free Entry

2.4L, 168 hp inline-4 engine

 

Rear View Camera

Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

3 Months Of Satellite Radio Service

6-speaker audio system

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

4-speaker audio system

18-inch Painted Alloy Wheels

Leather Steering Wheel

Black grille with silver accents

GT Badging

 

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Drive Mode selector

Heated Front Seats

 

Two-tone alloy wheels

 

Cloth Upholstery

 

 

 

Leatherette Upholstery

 

Rear Ventilation Ducts

 

 

 

 

 

Heated Mirrors

 

 

 

 

Which trim should you buy?

Since affordability is the key here, and not many would really venture out off the tarmac in this tiny SUV, it is better not to opt for the AWD drivetrain. Also, it is preferred to choose the lower ES trim and opt for the optional features of choice which would keep the prices to a bare minimum and result in a value for money package. 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Engine and Performance

5.7/10

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as standard, which is paired up with a CVT automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. The GT trim, on the other hand, features a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine under its hood, which too is mated to the CVT transmission, but it sends power to all four wheels in this avatar, which is optional with the base engine. 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV engine bay

The performance from the base engine is pretty sedate as expected as it takes almost 9 seconds to achieve 60 mph from standstill on the speedometer. The GT though manages to do the 0-60 mph sprint in a respectable 8 seconds flat. The engine feels underpowered under heavy acceleration, and the rough engine noise does filter into the cabin, making you lift off the gas pedal. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport S 2.0

Honda HR-V LX

Hyundai Kona SE

Toyota C-HR LE

MSRP

$22,090

$22,445

$21,685

$22,910

Engine

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

141 hp @ 6,500 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

144 hp @ 6,100 rpm

Torque

145 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.7

8.9

8.4

10.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.3

16.5

15.9

17.2

Top Speed (mph)

123

116

127

112

The Hyundai Kona is not only the most affordable of the lot, but it is also the quickest off the line despite the lower torque output. The Honda HR-V too struggles in terms of acceleration but is only two-tenth of a second slower than the Mitsubishi. The Toyota C-HR, on the contrary, is the most expensive compact SUV here and yet is the most sluggish in this comparison, taking over 10 seconds for the 0-60 mph run. 

How does the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV handle?

Although this Outlander has Sport as its suffix, it is far from being sporty. The CVT automatic is very slow and laggy, and the acceleration isn’t linear as well. The ride is bouncy with plenty of nose dive and body roll, which gets worse when coming across a bad stretch of road. The steering too feels numb at the dead-center and the responses are slightly delayed as well, while there is no surprise that the feedback from the front wheels is non-existent as well. 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV ride and handling

Braking Performance

The braking performance is one aspect where Mitsubishi has not yet cut corners as per the performance of the 2021 Outlander Sport. It features large 11.6-inch front and 11.9-inch rear all-wheel ABS disc brakes and also features stability and traction control as standard. Together, they all manage to halt the over 3,100 lbs Outlander Sport in a braking distance of just 119 feet in the 60-0 mph panic braking test. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Toyota C-HR

Brake Rotors - Front (in)

11.6

11.5

11.0

11.8

Brake Rotors - Rear (in)

11.9

11.1

10.3

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,120

2,906

2,890

3,300

60-0 mph (ft)

119

121

129

133

This is one of the best, if not the best braking performance in this segment. The Honda HR-V comes in at a close second as it travels a couple of feet more than the Outlander Sport, while the Hyundai Kona needs about 10 feet more than the Mitsubishi in the same test. The Toyota’s C-HR has the longest stopping distance in this comparison in spite of pretty large brakes, probably due to the heft of the vehicle. 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Fuel Economy

7.9/10

Though the Outlander Sport isn’t the most exciting car to drive around, one might expect it to be frugal, but sadly, that’s not the case as well. The base engine is rated by the EPA for a combined fuel economy of 27 mpg, while the GT engine is rated for 23/28/25 for city/highway/combined. The GT trim also gets a smaller capacity 15.8-gallon fuel tank as opposed to the 16.6 gallons one in the lower trims, which marginally affects the driving range. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Toyota C-HR

MPG (City)

24

28

27

27

MPG (Highway)

30

34

33

31

MPG (Combined)

27

30

30

29

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

16.6

13.2

13.2

13.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

398 / 498 / 448

370 / 449 / 396

356 / 436 / 396

356 / 409 / 383

Though that is not a great concern as the base trim offers well over 400 miles of range on a single tank of gas, while the GT can go just under 400 miles before having to hit the gas station. All the other SUVs present here are far more fuel-efficient than the Outlander Sport, but the smaller gas tanks on offer bring down their driving ranges significantly, similar to what the GT trim has to offer. 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Interior

7.0/10

The cabin of the 2021 Outlander Sport isn’t the most spacious or comfortable one to be in. Although the doors open wide to allow easy ingress and egress, the rear seat passengers need to duck down while getting in to avoid hitting their heads. The ergonomics are fine, but some of the low-quality plastic materials do make it feel like an affordable vehicle. With large pillars and a small rear window, outward visibility is pretty restricted as well.

​  2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV cockpit area

At the front, there is pretty decent space on offer to fit in an average-sized American rather well. That being said, the limited adjustability means a comfortable driving position is very difficult to find, and one finds themselves sitting pretty upright. The legroom at the back is pretty good, and so is the luggage space behind the rear seats. Folding down the rear seat opens about 50 cu-ft of cargo space. 

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Toyota C-HR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.4 / 56.2 / 41.6

39.5 / 56.8 / 41.2

39.6 / 55.5 / 41.5

38.1 / 49.0 / 43.5

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.9 / 55.5 / 36.3

38.3 / 54.5 / 39.3

37.8 / 54.5 / 34.6

38.3 / 52.5 / 31.7

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

21.7

24.3

19.2

19.1

Maximum Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

49.5

58.8

45.8

37.0

The luggage space might be pretty decent for its class, but with the rear seat folded, the maximum trunk capacity could have been better. The Honda HR-V aces in this regard and offers the most spacious passenger and luggage quarters in the business. The Toyota C-HR has the most spacious front seats, but the space at the rear is almost useless, and cargo capacity is pretty limited too. The Hyundai Kona does a bit better than that, but it too has a pretty tight rear seat. Major interior features include: 

  • 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable passenger's seat
  • Heated Front Bucket Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Fold Forward Rear Seat
  • Combination Soft-Touch Seat Trim
  • Tilt/Telescoping Leather/Piano Black Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system on offer with the 2021 Outlander Sport is pretty slick and intuitive to use but isn’t standard across the trim lineup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration too isn’t standard, but Bluetooth is and is very easy to connect and set up. Other than that, do not expect many modern-day connectivity functions with the Outlander Sport, and in some ways, it is justified as well, however, an option to choose them would have sweetened the deal. Major infotainment features include:

  • 8.0-inch Smartphone Link infotainment display
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • SiriusXM w/3-month all-access trial
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Voice recognition

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Exterior

5.7/10

The Outlander Sport has been in its current generation for over a decade now, and the refresh it received last year might have made it look rather modern and radical, but it still shows its age in one way or the other. The front end looks too busy, while the faux vents on the front fenders just do not look the part. The massive fog lights too look a lot in your face, and with the subtle angular design language in the play, a toned-down design would look much more appropriate.

​  2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.0

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Toyota C-HR

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,120

2,906

2,890

3,300

Length (in)

171.9

170.4

164.0

172.6

Width (in)

71.3

69.8

70.9

70.7

Height (in)

64.8

63.2

61.0

61.6

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

5.4

6.7

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

102.8

102.4

103.9

Despite being pretty large in dimensions, the Outlander Sport does not manage to open up enough space on the inside of the car. The HR-V, on the other hand, is marginally shorter and also has a shorter wheelbase, and yet it has the best in class cabin space to offer. That being said, it rides much lower to the ground, which is the stronger point for the Mitsubishi as it offers the highest ride height amongst the SUVs present. Major exterior highlights of the Outlander Sport include:

  • Automatic Aero-Composite LED Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Power Heated Side Mirrors
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • 18-inch Black Painted Alloy Wheels w/Red Accents

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Safety

8.1/10

The SUV fails to hold up rather well in the crash tests conducted by both the government and private organizations. The NHTSA has rated it with an overall 4-star rating, while the IIHS also has rated it with ‘Good’ ratings in most aspects of the tests conducted by them for the 2021 model year. The standardization of Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning this year adds a layer of safety to the car. There are plenty of other safety and driver assistance features on offer, some of which are mentioned below. 

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Driveline Traction Control
  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front, Seat-Mounted Side and Driver Knee Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Competition

6.5/10

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Honda HR-V

When compared to the most popular SUV rival of the segment, the 2021 Outlander Sport does fall short on more than one occasion. It isn’t that much more affordable than Honda and yet has similar performance, poor fuel efficiency, and worse ride and handling.

Honda HR-V

The rear-seat legroom and cargo volume are also better with the Honda HR-V. With the high dependability and great value in the market, it is better to opt for Honda over Mitsubishi.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Hyundai Kona

Hyundai has been seeing quite a bit of growth in recent years, and Kona has contributed to that as well. It is much more affordable than the Outlander Sport, has better acceleration and handling, and is also much more frugal. Though the rear seat of the Kona is cramped, the cabin material quality is far more superior than the Mitsubishi, which adds even more value to the car. Therefore, if rear-seat space is not your top priority, the Kona is a winner here.

Hyundai Kona

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Toyota C-HR

Another popular offering in the segment, the Toyota C-HR, although sits on the pricier side of the segment, it too has a few shortcomings. It is far more sluggish than the Outlander Sport in terms of acceleration, and it isn’t as frugal as some of the rivals. That being said, Mitsubishi has worse fuel economy in comparison and poor ride quality as well. The rear seat of the Toyota is only suited for younger or shorter people and the cargo space at the back is pretty limited as well. Therefore, even with all its flaws, it is better to go with the Outlander Sport than with the C-HR. 

Toyota C-HR

 

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Final Verdict

Old age is what brings issues to humans, and that is exactly what is causing trouble for the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The aging platform means that it lacks the finesse and premium appeal that its rivals have to offer. The cabin space is just on par with the segment and leaves us wanting more. The technology on offer is very limited too as per the modern-day standards, and the extensive warranty does not feel as attractive when compared to the more modern options who also offer similar warranties at a more affordable price tag. 

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