With so many small crossover SUVs to choose from, with many of them sporting hefty pricetags, so there's a real need for quality, budget-friendly small crossovers. Two of those, 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the Honda HR-V, should be serious contenders for your next vehicle. Let's see how they compare side-by-side.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs Honda HR-V
Styling: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
In this part of the crossover market, exterior and interior design is often more quirky and cute than truly stylish. However, the Outlander Sport ignores the temptation to all cutesy and funky like some of its rivals. The Mitsubishi is actually quite smart and serious for a subcompact. It's not revolutionary, but by ignoring some of those annoyingly trendy styling cues, the Mitsubishi offers much wider appeal.
The Honda HR-V is basically a Honda Fit with an all-wheel drive option and some additional head room. From most angles, the HR-V is actually a better-looking vehicle than the hatch it's based upon. Having said that, the front is stubby and a little odd, with a bit of the trendy styling that may not age well.
Power and Performance: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Although front-wheel drive is standard with the Outlander Sport, the Mitsubishi does offer all-wheel drive as an available option. The base engine is a 2.0-liter inline-four developing 148 horsepower, but higher trims come with a 2.4-liter unit with a much more lively 168 horsepower. The base engine offers a five-speed manual or a CVT transmission, while the bigger engine is CVT-only.
You'll only get one engine in the Honda HR-V, which is a 1.8-liter inline-four that puts out 141 horsepower and comes with either a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission. All-wheel drive is available, but less power and a lack of engine options gives another round to the Mitsubishi here.
Features and Equipment: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
You can choose an Outlander Sport in ES, SE, SEL or sporty GT trim levels, and all models other than the base ES come standard with the more powerful engine. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, four-speaker stereo and automatic climate control. At the other end of the spectrum, the GT includes the likes of a sunroof, an impressive nine-speaker stereo with a subwoofer, and navigation, all as part of its standard equipment.
You'll only get three versions of the HR-V to choose between, which are the entry level LX, the mid-range EX, and the top-of-the-line EX-L. The EX comes with a similar set of standard features to the Outlander Sport ES. The Honda comes with a rearview camera, but it has smaller 17-inch wheels and fewer trim levels available.
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The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a better-looking crossover than the Honda HR-V, with good engines, plenty of standard and available features, and a very attractive price. Neither of these two models is trying to change the world, but the Mitsubishi is definitely our preferred choice for a budget-friendly option with true value for your money.