- New audio systems for 2014
- Compact crossover, competes with Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V
- 148-hp, four-cylinder engine
The Outlander Sport is the junior size of Mitsubishi’s larger Outlander crossover. It comes with seating for five passengers and competes with other compact crossovers like the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V.
The Outlander Sport got a slew of updates last year, adding new exterior design elements, improved interior materials, a revised rear suspension and a better transmission. For 2014, the hits keep on coming with two new audio systems and a new steering wheel with audio controls. Added sound insulation also improves the cabin’s comfort and a navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen and real-time traffic updates is also available.
We think the Outlander Sport is one of the sharper looking compact crossovers around. Last year, it added a new front bumper, grille and fog light design, and side sills in black to match the lower sections of the new bumpers. 18-inch alloy wheels come standard, a welcome addition in a segment where many base models come with wheels that are too small. Heated, power side view mirrors are also standard, as is a rear spoiler.
Mitsubishi offers the Outlander Sport in two trim levels (ES and SE) with front- or all-wheel drive (AWD). Both trim levels use a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter, inline-four cylinder engine developing 145 pounds feet of torque that is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or CVT. With the CVT and front-wheel drive, the Outlander Sport checks in 24/31 mpg city/highway. The all-wheel drive CVT version gets 24/29 mpg.
The 2014 Outlander Sport’s interior features materials with lower levels of volatile organic compounds, which makes it more eco-friendly. Among the standard features are a 60/40-split folding rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, voice-activated mobile phone and iPod control, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. The SE adds smart key and push-button start, heated front seats, premium audio system, and automatic climate control. A new navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen is optional.
Also of note is the 2014 Outlander Sport’s performance in IIHS crash testing, where it earned a Top Safety Pick+ award, the organization’s highest designation. Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency braking assist, active front headrests, and hill start assist. There are seven standard airbags: front dual-stage, front-side impact, side-curtains with rollover sensor and driver’s knee.