The Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and the Mazda CX-5 continue to dominate the compact crossover segment. However, there are other options if you choose to set yourself apart from the crowd. One of our favorites on the road these days is the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
The sleek looking and recently redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one stylish compact crossover that has been grabbing the attention of those shopping in the segment and there is a good reason why. For one, the price tag is quite attractive and two, it’s a simple compact crossover without any top-level options. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
The exterior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is highlighted by an all-new face that features a bold new grille. Gone are the Mitsubishi Lancer-inspired days, and in comes a fresh new look that is highlighted by chrome finishes and sharp edges. The front-end of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is further highlighted by newly redesigned headlamps, a new front lip spoiler, and a new front bumper.
Other new additions for the 2017 model year include a new shark fin antenna, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, heated side view mirrors, panoramic glass sunroof with adjustable LED mood lighting (on GT models), chrome belt line molding (on SEL and GT models), roof rails, and a range of new color options.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has an overall length of 171.5 inches and sits on a wheelbase that measures 105.1 inches. The overall width for the Outlander Sport comes in at 71.3 inches and the height comes in at 64.8 inches.
In our opinion, Mitsubishi has done a great job in setting the Outlander Sport apart from the crowd. Its dynamic and fresh new styling are definitely winning it points in this segment.
The interior of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is quite bland when compared to its competitors. However, don’t mistake the simple styling for lacking in features. The Outlander Sport comes with a long range of standard features including leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, steering wheel controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, hill start assist, and more.
Moving up from the ES model to the LE model will add a range of extras on top including a 6.5-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats, a rearview camera system, and more. The fully-loaded Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT takes everything up a notch with a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system, panoramic glass roof, leather seating surfaces, and much more.
Legroom for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes in at 41.6 inches for front row passengers and 36.3 inches for rear passengers. Cargo volume comes in at 21.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 49.5 cubic feet behind the first row.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers all the interior bells and whistles you need from a crossover in this segment at a price tag that won’t have you questioning your decision.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with two engine choices including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the base model that makes 148 horsepower with a peak torque of 145 lb-ft. Our test model, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT, is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 168 horsepower with a maximum torque of 167 lb-ft. Mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, the Outlander Sport GT goes from 0 to 60 mph in around 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 120 mph.
EPA-rated fuel economy comes in at 22/27 mpg* (city/highway) for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT model. The base ES model is capable of returning an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg*
Overall the ride quality of the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is what you would expect from a vehicle of this segment. For long distances, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers more than enough comfort and power.
When it comes to safety, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a long list of standard features including seven airbags, hill start assist, anti-lock braking, active stability control, traction control logic, anti-theft system, and more. A rearview camera is optional.
If you’re in the market for a compact crossover and don’t want to follow the rest of the crowd to the mainstream vehicles, then yes, give the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a test drive at your local AutoNation dealer. Prices for the Outlander Sport start at just $19,795** for the ES model and go up to $27,695** for the Outlander Sport GT.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.