Reviews 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi’s 2011 Outlander Sport is yet another entry into the booming small-crossover segment that includes the Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson. The Outlander Sport has distinctive-enough styling, is reasonably equipped and pretty sporty, too, according to senior editor David Thomas. But it has one major Achilles' heel: an atrociously loud and sluggish powertrain. Is that a deal breaker? Continue reading to find out.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review 



Mitsubishi = Junk

Only a poorly educated fool would buy one.



Your post = junk

Post something of use for the community and potential buyers, not this useless, immature fanboy garbage.

ALso, good job for insulting all those that have bought a Mitsubishi vehicle. Nice way to spread the joy around X-mas...


I'm Jewish so I don't celebrate "Xmas" but Mitsu's are still junk.


Apparently you need to check back once you've had your bar mitzvah. Do some growing up and show some objectivity and consideration to others.


Am I the only one that finds it amusing that the names of the two posters above are related to each other? Pb is the elemental symbol for Lead.

Al G.

Nice looking vehicle. Too bad there is no cook to go with the cool looks. A 2.4 DI would go a long way in this vehicle. Or even a option of a turbo 2.0. As is with slow-go 2.0,PASS!


Enough with the mitsubishi bashing. At least the company is trying to recapture an image with US buyers. But I agree that the vehicle is underpowered.


I'll preface by saying that I have little experience with Mitsu. I appreciate the styling and like that M is trying to stand out from the rest of the group. The question was, Is the noisy and underpowered drivetrain a deal breaker. I would unfortunately have to say that it would be. There are too many silky smooth and effectively powered options out there.


I saw this one on the road 2 days ago. Sharp-looking car. But I have to say, since most people will not opt for manual tranny, it will not do good in sales because what I've heard about its CVT powertrain.

As far as Mitsubishi being a junk... I guess, this would be too harsh. They are average. Nothing great but not as bad as Chrysler, Fiat, VW, Opel. Funny part is that most of our "reliable" group, like Nissans, Hondas and Toyotas do include plenty of components made by Mitsubishi. Mitsu's problem is that the company is more then automaker. They don't concentrate enough on their cars.


I've done a little research and it would seem that the 2.0l combined with the CVT is actually just about average for the class and quieter than the competition. From a competing website:

Outlander Sport
0 - 60 (sec): 10.0
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 17.5 @ 79.4
Db @ Idle: 39.9
Db @ Full Throttle: 72.2
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 67.2

Hyundai Tuscon AWD
0-60 mph (sec.) 9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 17.1 @ 81.2
Sound level @ idle (dB) 40.4
@ Full throttle (dB) 73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 68.4

Kia Sportage FWD
0-60 mph (sec.) 9.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 17.1 @ 82.0
Sound level @ idle (dB) 42.8
@ Full throttle (dB) 73.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 70.6

The only car in this class that is notably quicker is the smaller and lighter Nissan Juke, but even that is noisier:
Sound level @ idle (dB) 42.2
@ Full throttle (dB) 76.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 70.9

That being said, I still wouldn't buy one as it currently is. I agree with the need fora bigger and more technologically advanced engine.



your data is not good.
Best selling cars in this class are CR-V, RAV-4 and Equinox. Rogue, may be.

The cars you listed themselves are living off crumbs left by big sellers.


Hi Tony,
All the cars in your list are a segment above the compact CUV's (granted the Nissan Rogue may qualify) pertinent to this blog. As such my performance data is relevant.
Further, we're not discussing sales here, so your post is a bit OT.


Only an idiot trying to sell folks on a certain point of view would leave out the segment leaders: CRV, RAV4, and Equinox. It didn't fool anyone but yourself and does not change the fact that Mitsu's today are junk.


PB, if you actually had the slightest idea what you were talking about, you would know that the CRV, RAV4, and Equinox are in a segment above the Juke, Outlander Sport, Sportage, and Tuscon.

PB lists the Outlander competitors as the CRV, Escape, Tuscon, Juke, Sportage, Compass, RAV4, Forester, etc, etc.
You can always spot the uneducated fools due to their inability to admit when they are wrong. Consider this dope slap on the house. As the commercial says, You are Ho-Ho Horrendous.


don't know what r u talking about. I have Sportage here at the mall next door so I see it pretty often during this shopping season. To me it is as big as CRV. May be Outlander sport is on smaller side but the segment remains the same - compact SUV.


I stand corrected on the segment for the Sportage and the Tuscon. Those two are indeed compact CUV's just like the CRV and RAV4.
However, the Juke and Outlander Sport are both subcompact CUV's with passenger volume below names the Juke, Sportage, and Tuscon as competitors for the Outlander Sport (follow link below and see first paragraph).

It was based on that list that I provided the performance numbers. That is the reason why the CRV and RAV4 were excluded.


Here are also the numbers for the RVA4 and CRV for comparison...

0-60 9.5
1/4 mile 17.1 sec @ 81.5 mph
Sound level @ idle (dB) 41.8
@ Full throttle (dB) 75.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 67.4

0-60 9.2
1/4 mile 16.9 sec @ 82.9 mph
Sound level @ idle (dB) 45.8
@ Full throttle (dB) 72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 67.5


Correction to my post regarding passenger volume. That was supposed to be 100cu.ft., not


The Village that is looking for it's Idiot should look above.

If you compare Outlander with Tucson, you may feel that Tucson isn't that big as its rival. But Tucson has a good cabin with ample features, sporty handling, low price. It is preferred over Outlander.


The posts for this thread are of course a little out dated however I will chime in for potential buyers anyway. I own an 2011 Outlander Sport SE AWC and for the feature set you get the minor power difference really isn't that big of a deal. I looked at a Tuscon when I got my Outlander but felt the outlander was more comfortable and had better features for the cost. I find it unlikely that anyone buying a small SUV like this is going to take it down the drag strip or out on the track. It really comes down to just drive them and figure out which one fits you best.


Thank you, Lead & CZM, for your adult and informative posts. Your comparative figures from, if accurate, were illuminating and re-assuring. I am looking forward to the 2012 improvements as described in the current C/D issue (Sept.'11) in which they write that "Recalibrated computers for the engine and CVT automatic should wake up acceleration and throttle response. Mitsu also adds better sound insulation and chrome dash accents."

Given 2012 CRV and 2013 Escape are both larger than previous models, this smaller CUV size is an ideal compromise for essentially practical, ordinary daily rounds: higher ground clearance for easy egress, small footprint, economy and, last but not least, good looks. Together with the new Mazda CX-5 next year we should have two very good vehicles to choose from.


couple of guys calling mitsu junk don't know the first thing about car engines. Now as a guy with no dog in the fight,mitsu has been building engines/tranny for half the industries for yrs. Don't come on forums like this to blow hot air.checkout foreign opinions on car engine reliability :)


I need some evidence to support all your claims. I just can't asume that the car is junk especialy if no evidence had been represeted to why the car is such a junk.

My Boss was used Mitsubishi and his review also same this car is junk have problem in many things like noise making, maintenance and other features. So my suggestion is if anybody want to buy a car then go for Honda or BMW this two brands never disappoint you.

Thank you.


have an outlander and the junk, second turbo in two years

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