Compact SUV: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

By Matthew Keegan

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi’s smallest SUV makes a statement.

Wet or dry, the Mitsubishi Outlander sport offers a distinctive look.

Straddling the white space between subcompact and compact SUV is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, a model big on value in a segment where prices continue to rise. The 2018 Outlander Sport comes in three grades, has available all-wheel drive, and provides two engine choices.

Charting the Changes

The current Outlander Sport rolled out way back in 2011. For 2018, it has undergone a number of changes, including an updated continuously variable automatic transmission paired with the 2.4-liter engine, a revised front grille, and a new rear fascia. Interior changes include a new center console design and a seven-inch touch panel color screen. Advanced driver-assist technologies are available.

Select Your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SportThe 2018 Outlander Sport is available in three grades: ES 2.0, SE 2.4, and SEL 2.4. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available across the model line.

Mitsubishi supplies two engine choices corresponding to the name of each grade. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 148 horsepower, while a slightly larger 2.4-liter engine generates 168 horsepower. Both engines work alongside a continuously variable automatic transmission. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard on the base front-wheel drive model.

Standard features include halogen headlights, folding and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, roof rails, LED tail lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, you’ll find front bucket seats, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, a tilt and telescopic steering column, automatic climate control, cruise control, full power accessories, a four-speaker audio system with HD Radio, a USB port, and a rearview camera. All models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and hill start assist.

Outlander Sport ES 2.0

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SportPriced from $21,235 including a $940 destination charge, the base grade comes with a manual transmission. For $1,200 customers may upgrade to an automatic transmission. Add another $1,500 to obtain all-wheel drive.

This model offers seven standard exterior colors, including Diamond White Pearl ($200 extra). You have your choice of two interior fabric colors.

Numerous package options are for the choosing, including an LED Illumination Package ($440) adding floor illumination, tailgate light and interior light; a Protection Package ($495) bringing in scuff plates, a rear bumper plate and a bright tailgate protector. Standalone features include a rear large spoiler ($310), tonneau cover ($150), and roof rack crossbars ($315).

Outlander Sport SE 2.4

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SportThe mid-level SE costs $23,835. This model includes the carpeted floor mats and a tonneau cover. Individual items available include remote engine start ($545) and LED fog lights ($350).

Other upgrades include LED running lights, the larger engine, keyless entry with push-button start, Bluetooth wireless technology, and a 7-inch color display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Smartphone compatibility is a big deal for consumers — Mitsubishi offers it for no extra charge, while some luxury brands charge $300 for an upgrade!

Outlander Sport SEL 2.4

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