Subcompact sport utility vehicles are known for being fuel efficient, attractive, and brimming with the latest technology. Competition is fierce and not every subcompact SUV stands out. In this comparison guide, we'll see which stands out more: the chiseled Mitsubishi Outlander Sport or the clean-cut Honda HR-V.
Styling: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has sporty lines and truck-like mug. In a class that often looks bland, the Outlander Sport stands out from the crowd. Chrome is pretty prominent, for those who like the look. Large 18-inch wheels, painted black on upper trims, provide 8.5 inches of ground clearance and also look like they mean business. Alloy Silver is the newest color available.
The 2018 Honda HR-V looks well-crafted but a little forgettable. There are no corners or angles; making the HR-V look aerodynamic but more like a sedan than a truck. The Honda has plenty of ground clearance (6.9 inches) but for some reason looks no higher than a car. A new color, Aegean Blue Metallic, joins the paint lineup this year.
Fuel Economy: Honda HR-V
With the base engine, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets just 24 city and 30 highway miles per gallon, which is mediocre for its class. That's not to say the Outlander is bad but it simply doesn't stand out in this competitive class. You might consider the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that gets 74 miles per gallon electronic equivalent and has a range of 310 miles. The Honda HR-V does stand out. With a continuously variable transmission, the HR-V gets 28 city and 34 highway miles per gallon. That's almost top of the class.
Technology: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Inside the cabin of the Outlander, you'll be greeted by a bevy of technology. Mitsubishi stepped up their game this year and added an upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It comes standard on SE and SEL models as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with it. The infotainment system is both responsive and intuitive.
Meanwhile, don't expect too much from the Honda HR-V. One of the HR-V's biggest drawbacks is a slow, ponderous infotainment system that isn't helped by the lack of physical knobs and buttons. The icons are small, making them hard to read while driving. You'll spend a lot of time fiddling with the touchscreen to get your tech just how you like it. That's attention taken away from the road.
If you absolutely need great fuel economy, you'll be tempted by the Honda HR-V or the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. All others will enjoy the chops and tech of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.