You won't find as many manual transmission vehicles on the market today than you did in years past. That's why, for those stick-shift lovers out there, the vehicles that prove to be exceptions to the rule are important footholds that deserve their loyalty. But how good are these manual transmission vehicles compared to their automatic rivals? In this comparison guide, we put the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport against the popular Honda CR-V to find out.
Price: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport certainly has the Honda CR-V beat in terms of retail price. The Outlander Sport starts at $20,395. For that price, you get manual transmission, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, four-speaker audio system, and rear view camera. For $1500 more, you can opt for automatic transmission. You can choose two other trim levels, topping out with the Outlander Sport SEL that costs $24,495. At that level, you can opt for the Touring package for an additional $2000. This version boasts luxury options, like panoramic sunroof, nine-speaker premium audio system, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The Honda CR-V's price starts almost where the Outlander Sport stopped, at $24,250. This base model comes with automatic transmission, cloth seats, four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB port, 5-inch audio display screen, and rear view camera. The top-tier Touring level costs $32,750 and doesn't offer much that the Outlander Sport SEL with Touring package doesn't also offer.
Features: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
A big draw to the Outlander Sport is the large 7-inch touch screen display that appears on every trim level. It's intuitive to use, and every model except the base one also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We like the SE trim level, which comes with valuable add-ons like smartphone integration, push-button start, heated front seats, and satellite radio. If you want safety features besides a rear view camera, step up to the SEL trim. And, of course, if you want manual transmission, between the Outlander Sport and Honda CR-V, the Mitsubishi is your only option.
The Honda CR-V has more safety features than its rival, but, like the Outlander Sport, the base model only offers rear view camera. You'll find few tech features on the CR-V that aren't available on the Outlander Sport. A hands-free power liftgate is one exception, but be prepared to pay dearly for it. This feature is not available until the third trim level, and then it still costs a few extra hundred dollars more. Since the Outlander Sport gives you almost everything the Honda gives you, but at a lower price point, we're handing this one to the Mitsubishi.
Reliability: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
A good measure of automotive value is in the reliability rating and warranty. One means avoiding repairs and the other means letting someone else foot the bill for them. The 2018 Honda CR-V has a slightly higher reliability rating but the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers almost twice the warranty.
According to JD Power and Associates, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earns a score of 2.5 out of 5 in reliability. That's just below average for its class. The Honda CR-V does only slightly better, with a score of 3 out of 5. But we're giving this one to the Mitsubishi SUV because its warranty is a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty compared to the Honda CR-V's three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That warranty coverage gives buyers far more peace of mind than the Honda.
Not only does the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offer a manual transmission option for those who prefer to drive stick, but the Outlander Sport has abundant features overall and a warranty that can't be beat, all for a much lower price point. Give the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a try and you'll be surprised at how it compares with its much more expensive contemporaries.