2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 6, 2019


The compact SUV segment dubbed as “crossovers” is rapidly gaining popularity among millennials, but the Outlander Sport is a relic of another era. Mitsubishi’s buzzy engine is poles apart from the ones they used in the Lancers - neither does it perform well at highway speed, nor does it offer you good mileage.

With every manufacturer scrambling to steal customers in the newly emerging market, it feels like Mitsubishi is not even trying its best. The Outlander Sport faces major competition from crossovers like the Mazda CX-3, the Honda HR-V, and the Subaru Crosstrek. 

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Pros

7-inch touchscreen infotainment

Smooth 5-speed manual transmission

Good ground clearance

Impressive cargo capacity

Cons

Buzzy engine

Lack of sound deadening

No premium materials in the cabin

Flat cushioned seats

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20945

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

145 lbs.-ft @ 4200 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

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)

60.6/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

171.9 in.

width

71.3 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

3032 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

36.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

49.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

1311 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/29 mpg

highway range

481.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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Alloy Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Interior

6.0

5.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV ES

ES

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$20,945 - $23,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $20,945 MSRP (23/25/29) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
5-speed manual front wheel drive 5
2.0 ES 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,145 MSRP (24/27/30) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0 ES 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,645 MSRP (23/26/29) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV LE

LE

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$23,145 - $24,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 LE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,145 MSRP (24/27/30) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0 LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,645 MSRP (23/26/29) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV SE

SE

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$23,545 - $25,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,545 MSRP (24/27/30) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0 SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,045 MSRP (23/26/29) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV SP

SP

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$23,545 - $25,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 SP 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,545 MSRP (24/27/30) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0 SP 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,045 MSRP (23/26/29) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV GT

GT

power
168 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,045 - $26,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.4 GT 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,045 MSRP (23/25/29) 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.4 GT 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,545 MSRP (23/25/28) 168 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.3

Overall Rating


At the starting price of $20,945, you get the basic 2.0L engine which is lazy and slow to respond to the throttle. The $23,645 GT trim brings you a 2.4L engine which improves upon the smaller ones, but still has a long way to go against the competitors. With a sluggish engine and poor handling dynamics, why should you consider the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport over others? Let's move ahead and find out.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Front Three-quarter View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Front Three-quarter View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Rear Three-quarter View
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Rear Three-quarter View

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Features

Starting at $20,945, even the base trim, the ES, gets an advanced 7-inch touch screen panel in the infotainment and automatic climate control. Upgrading to the GT trim priced at $23,645, gets you a 2.4L engine as well as collision mitigation and warning safety features.

Trim

ES

SE

GT

MSRP

$20,945

$22,145

$23,645

Key Features

7.0" Touch panel display audio system

7.0" Smartphone Link Display

2.4L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4 cylinder

 

18-inch two-tone alloy wheels

Audio (SDA) System

High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights

 

Bluetooth wireless technology

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility

Combination soft-touch seating surfaces

 

Automatic climate control

Blind Spot Warning System (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ Homelink

 

Remote keyless entry with panic feature

Power folding side-view mirrors

Heated front seats

Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

 

Rearview camera

Roof spoiler

FAST-Key passive entry system

Steering wheel voice controls

Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlights

Auto on/off headlights

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The GT trim adds a list of features onto the barebones crossover, without which the Outlander Sport feel out of place in 2019. The 2.4L engine with a CVT is a must have, while the 5-speed manual with the 2.0L engine isn't particularly inspiring to drive.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Engine and Performance

"The base ES Outlander Sport models are just too loud inside and too slow. Even once up to speed, the base Outlander Sports take too long to execute a passing maneuver, and around town, it's just not frisky enough to keep up with traffic" - Car connection

Engine and Transmission

If you expect the compact sport utility vehicle to justify its name with an outlandish sporty engine you'd be disappointed by a sluggish 148 hp 2.0L inline-4. Even the optional 168 hp 2.4L engine fails to impress. To keep your right hand busy you could choose the 5-speed transmission with the 2.0L engine, otherwise you have an option to choose a CVT gearbox.

The droning engine noise turns to a buzz as the revs crescendo, only to remind you of a lawnmower rather than a sporty crossover. The all-wheel drive is functional if you tend to drive in icy conditions, but don't expect the Mitsubishi handle the off-roads with the measly engine power.

Models

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

MSRP

$20,945

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

21,300

$23,095

Transmission

5-speed Manual (CVT optional)

CVT

CVT

6-speed Manual (CVT optional)

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed Manual (CVT optional)

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual transmission (6 or 9 speed Automatic)

Horsepower

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

175 lb.-ft @ 3900 rpm

The lack of an impressive engine is however commonplace among compact crossovers, but the Mazda CX-3 and Subaru Crosstrek are the ones to break the trend. Mazda brings quite a punchy engine to the table, with plenty of low end torque, while the Subaru's engine meant to pull the Crosstrek through rough terrain performs better than most competition.

Acceleration

The acceleration figures are no surprise considering the lackadaisical engine performance in the Outlander Sport. 60 mph comes in 8.9 seconds leaving the crossover gasping for breath as the engine tries to keep up with the times. However, the 2.4L engine makes the Mitsubishi quicker than the rivals, clocking 8.5 seconds to 60.

Models

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-  V    

Toyota C-HR    

Hyundai Kona   

Buick Encore    

Mazda CX-3    

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.9

9.3*

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

9.3

10.0

Quarter mile (sec)

16.6

16.8*

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.8

NA

Engine

2.0L I-4

1.8L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

1.4L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L H-4

1.4L I-4

2.4L I-4

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

6.3*

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

6.3

NA

Despite the smallest engine, the Buick Encore is the fastest to the 60 mph sprint in 8.4 seconds. Next one to reach is the Mazda CX-3 in 8.6 seconds. The Hyundai Kona and the Toyota C-HR are the last ones to finish taking more than 10 seconds to 60 mph.

Ride and Handling

The ride is pretty good in the city, however, the suspension has difficulty coping with unexpected undulations and high speed corners. Sudden acceleration or braking makes the chassis lurch and body roll may not be severe, but is present nonetheless.

As ironic as it may seem, even engaging the Sport mode on the Outlander Sport, doesn't add dynamism to the ride. It makes the engine noisier and the suspensions harsher, but has no effect on the throttle response or the acceleration figures. However, the small wheelbase entails superb maneuverability and parkability.

Braking

The brakes on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are surprisingly robust and strong, performing a notch above the rest of the features on this crossover. Strangely, the 11.9-inch discs on the rear are larger than the ones on the front.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.8

12

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

9.0

11

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,032

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

2805

3327

In comparison to that, the rivals have smaller brake discs and don't feel as responsive as the Outlander's. The Hyundai Kona and the Chevrolet Trax still come with drum brakes on the rear wheels, not sure if they're going retro, or still stuck in the past.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Fuel Economy

Neither does the Outlander Sport perform well on the track, nor is it exceptionally efficient. You'd be lucky to get 30 miles from a gallon on gasoline under ideal conditions on the highway, while its competition like the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V can manage to hit 34.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

MPG (city)

24

28

27

27

26

29

27

25

22

MPG (highway)

30

34

31

33

31

34

33

33

31

MPG (combined)

27

30

29

30

28

31

25

28

25

In the city the economy is worse than you'd expect, performing 24 miles to the gallon, with most of the competition managing upto 28 miles to the gallon. The Mazda CX-3 shines through with 29 mpg in the city.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Interior

6.0/10

Inside, the dash is devoid of many styling elements to help break up the black, and the Outlander Sport's buttons, knobs, and switches all have a decidedly budget feel to them. There are bits and pieces of brightwork to help break up the sea of black, but not many. - Car and driver

Seating and Comfort

The interior is flooded with hard plastic and cloth upholstery, premium materials have completely been ignored for the interiors. The seats are flat and lack any form of support elements. Neither do they provide support through corners, nor do they make the ride comfortable for long distances.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft)

Head room

39.4

39.5

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.8

39.6

39.2

Shoulder room

56.2

56.8

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

56.7

54.1

56.7

Leg room

41.6

41.2

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

43.1

40.8

41.8

Rear (cu. ft)

Head room

37.9

38.3

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38

38.8

38.5

Shoulder room

55.5

54.5

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

55.6

52.8

55.1

Leg room

36.3

39.3

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

36.5

35.7

38.3

The cabin lacks sound deadening, so the engine and road noise seeps into the cabin a bit more than appreciated. In terms of passenger capacity, the competitors like the Buick Encore and Mazda CX-3 have a lot more to offer.

Infotainment System

Although the infotainment panel is the only place where soft-touch plastics can be found, it seems like an aftermarket add-on. The switches and knobs feel flimsy and lack any sort of premium feel. The higher trims get a 7.0-inch touchscreen which isn't as responsive as a 2019 crossover should have.

Interior Features

  • Tilt and Telescopic steering
  • Fast-Key Passive entry system
  • Bluetooth Wireless technology
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats and side mirrors

Cargo Capacity

With the seats up, the Mitsubishi offers good capacity to carry your luggage. When you fold down the rear seats, you get almost 50 cubic feet of capacity in the Outlander Sport. However, due to the large ground clearance, the loading height is a bit taller than the rivals.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

21.7

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

18.7

27.2

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

49.5

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

48.4

59.8

If you want a capable carrier, the Honda HR-V is a great choice. Not only does it come with class-leading capacity, the low ground clearance makes it easy to load and unload boxes. Here tha Mazda is the one to lag behind, with subpar trunk volume behind the rear seats.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Exterior

The tall wagon does its best to break up the slab-sided look with a rising character line that reaches from the front wheel arch to the back of the rear doors. From certain angles, the Outlander Sport manages to be sporty; from other angles, it's bulbous. - Edmunds

Design and Dimensions

Last revised in 2019, the stubby crossover feels stranded between the realms of hatchbacks and SUVs. The design doesn't particularly stand out among the vast sea of crossovers with edgy designs. The upper trims get larger wheels and chrome trim on the front fascia, which makes the design a tad bit more appealing, but a full facelift is long overdue.

Model

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Jeep Compass Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,032

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

2805

3327

Length(in)

171.9

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

173

Width(in)

71.3

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

69.9

73.8

Height(in)

64.8

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.9

64.6

Ground clearance (in)

8.5

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

6.2

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

100.6

103.8

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/60.6

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

NA

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.7/60.3

The crossover has a amazing ground clearance of 8.5-inches rivaling the Subaru Crosstrek, the well-known off-roader. Despite the seemingly short wheelbase, the compact SUV is longer than any of the competition and wider than most.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • HID headlamps
  • LED Running lights
  • Chrome styling elements
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Roof Spoiler

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Safety

The Outlander Sport may not have made a mark with its performance, but Mitsubishi has added a whole host of driver assistance and safety features to keep the crossover competitive in 2019. Some of the features you'll find are:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Competition

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is a compact crossover with performance no better than the Outlander Sport. The issues like droning engine noise, lack of sound deadening and premium materials in the cabin, persist even in the Honda. However, the HR-V shines through with a best in class passenger and cargo capacity, while maintaining a small footprint. Even the fuel economy is good enough to make you ignore the lack of oomph in the engine. If you want a compact daily driver, but not as tiny as a hatchback, the Honda HR-V is a good option to consider.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Mazda CX-3

The Mazda surpasses the Mitsubishi in almost every aspect, apart from cargo capacity. The engine has smoother power delivery, every upshift feels decisive and downshifts make the engine sing beautifully. The cabin is not just spacious and ergonomically well laid out, the materials don't feel like cheap plastic, a departure from the trend so far. From the outside, the Mazda CX-3 is one of the best looking compact SUVs, with tasteful styling elements and appealing curves. Between the two, the Mazda CX-3 is clear winner.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is decidedly a more SUV-ish crossover compared to the more hatchback-like compacts like Honda. It displays clear signs of its off-road capability with its massive ground clearance, rugged exterior and the X-mode from Subaru. Comparatively the Outlander Sport is left in the dust not just in the badlands, but also on the highways. Apart from that, the interior is not better, clad with hard plastics and cloth upholstery. If you're looking for some adventure, you could take the Crosstrek on a weekender into the woods, rather than the Outlander Sport.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV Final Verdict

Outlander Sport is nowhere near as impressive as the Lancers that Mitsubishi was renowned for. The lackluster engine performance combined with an equally dull interior makes the crossover an uninspiring package. Thankfully it comes with Lane Departure warning in case you doze off at the steering due to the mundane driving dynamics. The Mazda CX-3 is a far better compact SUV in the segment, but if you're adamant on buying a Mitsubishi, the Eclipse Cross would be a better choice than the Outlander Sport.