Car shoppers looking for a value-packed crossover should check out the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Affordable pricing and an impressive 100,000-mile warranty help make this SUV a serious bang for the buck. Sharp styling also enables the Outlander Sport to attract a lot of younger buyers. Drivers seeking more performance will be interested in the range-topping GT model. Here’s an overview of what the new Outlander Sport has to offer.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, Mitsubishi has upgraded the Outlander Sport’s list of standard safety features. The base model also receives a few additional premium features, including rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
What Styles Does In Come In?
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact SUV, which seats up to five people. While front-wheel drive is standard, Mitsubishi offers an optional All-Wheel Control system.
What Are the Available Trims?
There are four available trim levels: ES, LE. SE, and GT. The base ES model will save buyers the most money. Some of its key standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen, LED headlights, and automatic temperature control. Remote start can be added as a stand-alone option.
A notch above the base model is the Outlander Sport LE. It brings Mitsubishi’s nicer Smart Link Display Audio system, which features a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Black cloth upholstery with red stitching further separates the LE trim. Front-seat heating, voice recognition technology, and satellite radio are included as well.
Featuring a six-speaker stereo and push-button start, the Outlander Sport SE trim is another step up the trim ladder. Drivers who desire the most performance will want the range-topping GT model. It receives a stronger engine and upgraded cloth upholstery.
The Outlander Sport’s Exterior Styling
Mitsubishi made sure all versions of the new Outlander Sport stand out on the street. This crossover SUV has a very sharp-looking exterior. Many people will mistake it for a more expensive model.
Even the budget-friendly base model comes equipped with stylish alloy wheels and newly standard LED fog lights. Black wheels and black exterior accents help differentiate the LE trim from the rest of the lineup. Some of the stimulating paint options include Sunshine Orange Metallic and Red Diamond.
While the base Outlander Sport’s provides a 7.0-inch touchscreen, it lacks modern smartphone connectivity. Drivers who need to access their mobile apps and music files will be far happier with the upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen. Bright graphics and physical knobs help make the interface simple to use for drivers.
There are two different four-cylinder engines in the lineup. Most Outlander Sport trims come equipped with a smaller 2.0-liter engine, which develops 148 horsepower. Performance will be somewhat limited. Drivers who crave more oomph will want the GT model’s larger 2.4-liter engine. Output rises to a more enjoyable 168 horsepower. All versions of the SUV use a continuous variable transmission.
While the Outlander Sport isn’t the most agile SUV in the class, it does handle reasonably well. It’s easier to maneuver in the city that a full-size model. Ride comfort is okay on most road surfaces. When wintry weather arrives, folks living in snow-prone areas will appreciate the available AWD system.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a fairly economical SUV. Trims equipped with the smaller engine can return about 24 mpg town/30 mpg freeway. Upgrading to the GT model slightly lowers efficiency to 23 mpg town/28 mpg highway. Regular unleaded gasoline is the recommended fuel type.
Quality and Comfort
Drivers who need an accommodating family vehicle should certainly test drive the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. While taller rear passengers will need more legroom, most people will fit perfectly fine. There’s also more than 20 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row.
Overall interior quality is decent for an SUV in this price class. While leather upholstery isn’t offered, soft-touch surfaces give the cabin a rather plush feel. In regard to reliability, the Outlander Sport has an average rating.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport scored an NHTSA four-star overall safety rating, which puts it a step below some competitors. Nevertheless, a forward collision prevention system and lane departure alert come standard. Lane change assist is found on the top trim levels.
While the new 2021 Outlander Sport may not be big on performance, it gets tops marks in the value category. A stylish exterior and an upgraded list of standard equipment help make this crossover a good pick.
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Note: All Mitsubishi Outlander Sport MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.