Mitsubishi has a very small model lineup and each of their vehicles is designed for a specific purpose. While the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport look similar and have similar names, they both have unique characteristics that make them better for different consumers. Here’s a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
While they both share the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that supports up to 30 highway MPG, they don’t share a lot of other similarities. CVT is an automatic transmission that changes effortlessly through an ongoing range of effective gear ratios as opposed to having a fixed number of gear ratios. CVT supplies great fuel economy and both vehicles provide great fuel economy.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport both come standard with an inline-4 engine, but the base engine and the other available engines are different.
The base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, providing 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, and the base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Buyers of either vehicle can increase the vehicle’s horsepower with the available 224-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander) or the available 168-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport).
With the exception of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES (Outlander Sport base trim) and the Mitsubishi Outlander GT (Outlander premier trim), all Outlander and Outlander Sport trims come standard with an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander Sport ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but buyers can upgrade to an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander GT comes standard with a six-speed electronic automatic transmission.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-liter 2 wheel drive automatic provides 25 / 30 city / highway MPG while the 2.0-liter engine with manual 5-speed and 2 wheel drive settles at 23 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 4 wheel drive of the 2.4-liter engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander gets 24 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 6 cylinder, 3.0-liter automatic gets only 20 city / 27 highway.
For the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2 wheel drive, 2.0-liter automatic has 24 / 30 city / highway MPG. The 2 wheel drive on the 2.4-liter automatic provides 23 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 4 wheel drive with the 2.0-liter automatic 4 cylinder has 23 city / 29 highway and the 4 wheel drive 4 cylinder with a 2.4-liter engine gets 23 city / 28 highway.
Comparing both vehicles, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover SUV and it is larger than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which is considered a subcompact crossover. The Mitsubishi Outlander is available as a five-passenger or seven-passenger vehicle, while the Outlander Sport is only available as a five-passenger vehicle. Behind the first row seats, the Outlander has 63.3 cubic feet of SAE volume and the Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of SE volume.
In terms of the exterior size differences that result in a different driving experience, there isn’t a huge difference. The Mitsubishi Outlander is 184.8 inches versus the Outlander Sport at 171.5 inches exterior length, but they both have the same turning radius of 17.4’ and the same ground clearance of 8.5 inches.
With a respectable amount of standard features, both the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport provide fold flat rear seats, Bluetooth capabilities, alarm, tire pressure warning systems and stability control. Automatic climate control, aux input capabilities and audio controls are directly changeable from the steering wheel are standard well.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander provides additional features that separate from the Outlander Sport with additions like heated seats, third-row seating, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
The Outlander is a larger vehicle and it comes standard with a stronger base engine, so it has a higher starting MSRP than the Outlander Sport. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a starting MSRP of $20,395 (plus destination fee) and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has a starting MSRP of $23,945 (plus destination fee).
Since the Outlander Sport and the Outlander are Mitsubishi models, they are both backed by the same industry-leading warranty. Mitsubishi backs all of their gas-powered vehicles with a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Make The Call
To see the differences up close, visit Miami Lakes Automall, where you’ll be able to test drive both 2018 Mitsubishi models to decide which vehicle makes the most sense for you. We stand behind both vehicles and will be happy to help you with your next vehicle purchase, trade-in or lease.