This is a shortened version of the Outlander, with reduced rear-seat room and cargo space. Despite the name, when it comes to driving, it's not exactly a sporty SUV. Handling isn't that nimble, and acceleration is just adequate. In addition to the 2.0-liter engine, a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is available. The Sport's choppy ride and very noisy cabin further the driving experience.
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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport -- A chopped version of the small Outlander SUV

Overview

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets some exterior styling updates to separate it from the crowded small SUV field. Some details include new power folding side mirrors with LED turn indicators, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and new-look 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, changes include a redesigned steering wheel, new 6.1-inch audio display, and new fabric for the seats.

The Outlander Sport is a chopped version of the small Outlander SUV, with reduced rear-seat and cargo space. The term "Sport" is used loosely here, referring more to size than performance. This is not a fun car to drive. It handles less nimbly than the larger Outlander, and acceleration is adequate at best. A choppy ride and a very noisy cabin further detract from driving fun. Still, even with its diminished dimensions the Outlander Sport retains the high seating position and some of the passenger-and-cargo versatility of its larger brand-mate. All-wheel drive comes only with the pricey top-trim version, where the Outlander Sport finds itself competing with sportier and roomier SUVs including the regular Outlander, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester.

Impressions Ride comfort and noise The ride is often stiff-legged, with frequent abrupt pitches and some side-to-side rocking on rough pavement. Even on the highway, the ride is quite choppy and unsettled.
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