When the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was first unveiled in 1991, it was called the Expo LVR. We didn't know it at the time, but the Expo was not an attractive car. Fast forward to today and see how far the Outlander Sport has come. The Outlander Sport is a bold vehicle, with sharp exterior lines and smart interior. Now in its third generation, the Outlander Sport has received three facelifts since 2011. The constant upkeep on this subcompact crossover helps it continue to stay relevant as times change. In this preview guide, we'll tell you what's coming for 2019 and the great things that carry over from previous years.
What's New for 2019?
The Outlander Sport LE trim that just debuted in 2017 is already gone, and the SEL trim has been replaced with the GT. That leaves three trim levels to choose from: ES, SE, or GT. The price difference between these the least and greatest of these is just over $4,000. The GT trim seems a lot like the dropped SEL trim, except it has lots more safety features, like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Auto High Beam Headlights.
Enough Tech to Make Silicon Valley Blush
For this price, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with a heck of a lot of tech. The base ES model comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, rear view camera, keyless entry, four-speaker audio system, USB port, two 12-volt power outlets, and plenty of active tech features like Hill Start Assist and Active Stability Control.
The middle SE tier for $2,500 more adds heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Sirius XM radio, six-speaker audio system, voice-activated controls, another USB port, push-button start, and Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Finally, the GT trim that starts at $25,000 offers auto-dimming mirrors and a wireless control system, along with Automatic High Beam headlights, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning.
Warranty in Spades
Mitsubishi also offers a generous warranty the rivals the competitor's. The basic warranty is good for 5 years or 60,000 miles. The limited warranty is 10 years or 100,000 miles. There's also an anti-corrosion warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles, and roadside assistance comes standard on every trim level. A warranty this impressive gives a lot of peace of mind for buyers who may be on the fence. It's nice to know that you have a safety net!
Unbeatable Price, Great Quality
Among subcompact crossovers, the 2019 Outlander Sport is a steal. Starting at $20,945, this Mitsubishi beats out the Chevy Trax, Subaru Crosstrek, and Toyota C-HR. One thing we like about the cabin was its seamless cohesiveness. Everything fit together, from paneling to the carpet. And there were nice touches of quality, like the real-metal paddle shifters to the console and dash with everything within easy reach. The cabin really does feel solid, even after all these years. Many drivers may not give Mitsubishi much of a thought, but we can promise that they're missing out. If you're looking for quality and budget friendliness in one SUV package, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the right choice.