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Used Car: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

All new for 2011, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a spacious interior for five, but those looking for a highly refined interior or a strong, sporty ride may want to consider other options.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport debuted in 2011 as the new, smaller version of the three-row Mitsubishi Outlander. When it was new, critics said that the 2011 Outlander Sport had a spacious interior with comfortable seats, as well as a fairly respectable list of standard features. However, it doesn’t live up to the sport in its name, as most critics said it lacks the power and agility needed to actually make it sporty. The Outlander Sport has great safety scores, while its reliability score is average for the class.

Powering the Outlander Sport is a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine that critics largely found underwhelming. Buyers can choose between a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front- or all-wheel drive, although the latter can only be paired with the CVT. The Outlander Sport does achieve respectable fuel economy for the class, though, at 25/31 mpg city/highway for a CVT-equipped front-wheel drive model. Manual and AWD models average just slightly less.

Inside, critics were pleased with the Outlander Sport’s ample passenger space, but otherwise, opinions were mixed at best. Some said material quality was good, while others were not as pleased. Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is 49.5 cubic feet, which is very low for the class. Standard equipment on all trims includes Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo with a USB port. Upgraded equipment includes a six-disc CD changer, a panoramic sunroof, navigation and a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate stereo. The Outlander Sport is only available with two rows of seats, so if you need three rows, you’ll need to look for another 2011 SUV.

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Other Cars to Consider

One alternative 2011 compact SUV to consider is the 2011 Ford Escape. Critics said the aging Escape has lost a step or two to competitors that have been redesigned and offer more refinement and upscale amenities. However, four-cylinder models get good fuel economy, and the Escape stands out from the crowd with its more traditional SUV styling that most in the segment have foregone.

Another competitor worth looking at is the 2011 Jeep Compass. While it isn’t as capable off-road as a Jeep Wrangler, critics said the Compass is fairly adept beyond the pavement, and it gets decent fuel economy as well. Keep in mind that it isn’t the most spacious in terms of either seating or cargo, but it does offer greater interior refinement over the 2010 model, since it went through a slight redesign.

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