2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
To opt for the third row or not to opt for the third row? That does seem to be the question for many crossover SUV buyers. If you've decided that a third row is not in your future, you could not find a better compact crossover value than the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
Although the Outlander Sport is a five-seat model and the regular Outlander is a seven-seater, the difference in external dimensions isn't actually that different--just about 13 inches. What does that mean for you? You get a roomy interior with a completely workable 21.7 cu.-ft. cargo space behind the second row, which is more than a similar sized sedan will get you.
Being a little shorter helps the 2017 Outlander Sport live up to its name with agile, nimble, and, yes, sporty styling. It looks every part an SUV, with a "Dynamic Shield" front end that widens the grille and the lower air intake with body-colored panels on the bumper. LED running lights are now integrated into the headlamp units that sweep back attractively from the upper corners of the fenders, and smart standard 18-inch wheels also help with the sport styling. Overall, the effect is impressive.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's standard engine and transmission combination offers plenty of power to back up that sporty image, with a 2.0-liter four cylinder with a five-speed manual or optional CVT producing 148 horsepower. Many Outlander Sport models on the lot will instead feature a 168 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder with standard CVT transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mitsubishi's all-wheel control (AWC) system optional for all but the top trims. If you're looking for a zippy little SUV, this one delivers.
Four trim levels therefore make up the current range, which start with the entry level ES and then go to the SE, SEL and the top-tier GT. Though the base ES trim could be seen as a little basic, it trades features for an extremely competitive price. For buyers who are looking for the best of both worlds, the SE trim features nearly everything you might want, including heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 140-watt audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, and the FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth connectivity.You'll be impressed by the value you'll get for your money with the Outlander Sport.
Outlander Sport GT 2.4 AWC
Top tier luxury reigns supreme here, with leather seating, a tricked out Rockford-Fosgate sound system with nine speakers, subwoofer, and surround sound, a panoramic glass roof, and LED ambient lighting. This trim is the one to choose when you want a luxury compact SUV without the luxury price tag.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers style, substance, and performance for an impressively budget-friendly price. When you're looking for a compact crossover SUV, the Outlander Sport should be at the top of your list.