2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The nimbleness of a compact SUV can't be ignored; its athletic proportions and sharp attitude mark it as something a little alternative and not so mainstream. Sure, sometimes it might be nice to have a V8 under the hood and seven seats in the cabin but in all honesty, how often are either needed or used? Lumbering about in a pick-up or giant SUV loses its appeal when you're not able to squeeze into that parking garage around the corner of your favorite cafe, and filling up for the second time in a week. Crazy. When a well-appointed alternative can offer everything you need in a package that is both safe and a great value, you should take note.

Mitsubishi's 2018 Outlander Sport is a muscled ball of good looks in a clever and efficient package. With the choice of three trim levels, two engines and two gearboxes, there is an Outlander Sport to suit everybody. Before even thinking about colors and trim, consider this; every Outlander Sport comes with a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty, and a 10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Not only that, but also with the ability to go as far as 30MPG, nobody could ever say it isn't a pragmatic choice. Mitsubishi prides itself on value and reliability, and the Outlander Sport is the very embodiment of these points. That each model is modern and well-equipped strengthens the case of simply jumping into the driver's seat with its high seating position, starting the engine and driving smoothly away.

Let's not get too ahead of ourselves though, as we still need to choose the right model. The ES 2.0L may be at the bottom of the tree but it's hardly a base model when you look at the spec sheet. Seven airbags, a rearview camera, ABS, and traction and stability control systems highlight the focus Mitsubishi has on safety. Convenience features like Bluetooth, heated power side mirrors, a color touchscreen, and automatic climate control are just some of the features in this well-equipped ES model. 18-inch wheels and a roof spoiler highlight the sportiness of this lithe and agile machine, and with 148HP the all-aluminum 2.0L will effortlessly get you through town or the suburbs, without so much as a complaint, and do so with excellent economy; up to 27MPG on the combined cycle. With either a 5sp manual for those who prefer full control, or an optional CVT Sportronic for those who only want full control at their choosing, a sporty drive is not just assumed but guaranteed, and with the optional all-wheel-control system, which continuously monitors road conditions to determine the best way to distribute power for maximum traction, you can be sure that despite the conditions you'll be kept on track.

Are you after a little more? Then jump into the SE and you'll feel the leather-wrapped steering wheel first, as the heated front seats allow you to relax a little. Look and see the leather-wrapped shift knob, hear the quality of the six-speaker stereo, and reflect at how easy it is to get in and going with the FAST-Key entry system and start-stop engine button. And the engine? How does 2.4 liters and 168HP sound? With the standard CVT, the high performance befitting of the Sport label is assured, with or without the optional AWC. Finally, LED running lights and fog lights will help you stand out from the crowd, without shouting to the masses you're driving something a little bit special.

Lastly, the luxuriously-appointed SEL 2.4 takes the Outlander Sport to even higher ground. Leather seats, HID headlights, power folding mirrors, exterior chrome highlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, roof rails, aluminum pedals, and auto-dimming rearview mirror are added to the already lengthy spec sheet. Panoramic sun-roof? It isn't for everyone, but if you do it's possible. Getting comfortable is easy in the 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, along with tilt and telescopic steering wheel (a feature on all models), and for those wanting the ultimate in safety, optional automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation can complement the standard features on every model of the Outlander Sport. It will leave you certain that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is ready for everything that can be thrown its way.

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