Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Mitsubishi Motors has been making a comeback lately, and before they go full cross-brand with the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance, it’s good to remember they have some great vehicles of their own. Take the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for instance. A compact crossover made for five people to show up at any destination in fashion and comfort. Plus, with the new smartphone link displays, entertainment also has an upgrade for 2018.
2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC I4
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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is available in a total of four trims, and all trims have the option of front-wheel-drive or Mitsubishi’s four-wheel-drive system, All-Wheel Control (AWC). There are two engines available on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport lineup. The first engine, found on the Outlander Sport ES 2.0 (base trim) and Outlander Sport LE 2.0 is a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC I4 engine that can generate up to 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The second engine found under the hood of the Outlander Sport SE 2.4 and Outlander Sport SEL 2.4 is a 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC I4 engine, capable of generating 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque.
“MIVEC” is Mitsubishi’s own variable valve timing (VVT) technology design that alters the valve lift events of an engine’s cylinders to increase its fuel efficiency. “DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft”, an engine design that takes stress off of the engine’s cylinders to optimize its performance. Both designs improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and driving and handling.
Driving and Handling
The engine in the Mitsubishi Outlander ES 2.0 is paired to a manual 5-speed transmission, but buyers can opt for Mitsubishi’s INVECS-III Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for better fuel economy. With the manual 5-speed transmission, the 2.0L engine averages 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The rest of the vehicles in the lineup are equipped with the INVECS-III CVT, but the fuel economy slightly differs. The Outlander Sport LE 2.0 has a fuel economy of 24/30 mpg city/highway, whereas the Outlander Sport SE 2.4 and Outlander Sport SEL 2.4 get 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control, or (AWC), is is a four-wheel drive (4WD) system that incorporates suspension technologies, braking systems, stability/traction control systems, and other components to achieve high handling and performance for a variety of road and driving conditions. Designed by Mitsubishi, this is their response to off-road vehicles built with 4x4 and four-wheel drivetrains. Able to handle various driving conditions, AWC increases how well the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport handles varying terrain.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a number of features strewn throughout the lineup. Standard exterior features throughout the lineup include LED rear combination headlights, heated exterior mirrors, front and rear window wipers, rear privacy glass, a roof carrier plug-in (or roof rails), 18-inch wheels, and all-season tires. Select trims may come with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights versus the standard halogen headlamps, LED running lights, auto on/off headlights, side-view mirrors with turn signal indicators, a panoramic sunroof with LED lighting, and trim-specific badges.
More interior standard features are shared across the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport lineup, but of course, the high-end features are saved for the high-end trims. Standard interior features include a 6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, a colored multi-information display, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls, a single USB port, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, rear heater floor ducts, cargo tie-down hooks, and a rear cargo compartment. Select trims may come with an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel mounted audio and phone and voice controls, dual USB ports, FAST-Key passive entry system with push button start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Because the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition (LE 2.0) crossed over into the 2018 model year, it has some entertainment features not found on the base or other trims. Standard tech features include Bluetooth wireless technology, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Digital HD Radio, and a four-speaker system. The Outlander Sport LE 2.0 comes with a 6.5-inch smartphone link display and has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. The rest of the lineup comes with a 7-inch smartphone link display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and a six-speaker system. The Outlander Sport SEL 2.4 trim can opt-in for a 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system.
Safety Features and Warranty
There are many standard and available safety features found on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. All trims come with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control systems, a total of seven airbags around the cabin (including the driver’s knee airbag and advanced dual-stage STS front airbags), three-point seatbelts and head restraints, a LATCH child seat anchor system, an anti-theft alarm system and engine immobilizer, and is made with Mitsubishi RISE body construction for improved energy absorption and crumple zones for impact. Advanced safety systems available consist of forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights.
Mitsubishi Motors backs it’s vehicles with an industry leading powertrain warranty. All Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models have a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, and 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion and perforation limited warranty.