2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New transmission, improved fuel economy ratings, more sound insulation

Price change: To be announced in mid-July

On sale: Late July

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

Despite its attractive base prices among compact crossover SUVs, the 2014 Outlander Sport proved to be sluggish, noisy and unrefined in Cars.com's evaluation. Mitsubishi says the 2015s will be better, thanks to a new continuously variable transmission and better sound insulation. That remains to be seen, so for now we suggest a wait-and-see approach until we (and you) have the opportunity to drive a 2015 model.

What's the Most-Affordable Compact SUV for 2014

Mitsubishi says the new CVT will deliver better off-the-line response and let the driver shift manually if desired. And it says thicker front door glass and more rear body insulation will reduce interior noise. Both would be welcome improvements.

The new CVT also should boost fuel economy ratings. Official EPA ratings haven't been issued, but Mitsubishi says front-drive models should gain 1 mpg across the board, increasing to 25/32/28 mpg city/highway/combined. With all-wheel-drive, Mitsubishi expects the city rating to remain 24 mpg but the highway and combined ratings will increase 1 mpg to 30 mpg and 27 mpg, respectively.

The Outlander Sport might appeal to shoppers on a tight budget looking for a bargain in a compact crossover, but it's hard to recommend a 2014 because of the low performance and high noise levels. Especially when you can get a highly praised competitor like the Nissan Rogue, which will cost roughly the same over five years of ownership.

For now, we will reserve judgment on the 2015 Outlander until we see the new prices and get a chance to drive it.

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Comments 

badreview

I feel like you are a bit harsh on the outlander sport. Its actually a very good little suv

axel

I love my 2014 outlander sport se i traded my wife 2012 Honda crv ex-l for it.She loves it and I used to be a Honda guy now i love Mitsubishi so much i just bought a 2014 mirage es !!!

jyd

Wait, Mitsubishi still makes cars?!

Muhammad

The Outlander Sport is not a "very good little suv" unless you have absolutely no car standards and no knowledge of cars. Which clearly seams to be the case. All of it's competitors are much better in just about every way.

Cyndih

I have the 2014 and have no clue what you are referring to. Great running car, awesome audio and no outside noise.

Elmer

My 2014 Outlander Sport was just totalled because a moron failed to yield. I feel as if i lost a friend. My family and I loved this little car. Drove a Sonata as a replacement rental, dreaming of my Mitsu. Went back and bought a 2015 outlander Sport today. LOVE IT EVEN MORE! Read the OWNER reviews, not all of these hotrod jockeys. Almost every owner is crazy about theirs.

Gabby

With 4760 miles on my 2015 Outblander Sport Se, Touring, I can tell you this little car is wonderful. I drive 140 mi to and from work in Atlanta, Ga. I'm getting 30.6 mpg AVERAGE In Atlanta traffic!
We bought the topend with Touring pkg, leather, panoramic roof, mood lighting, Nav, Voice, Fosgate, etc. It goes, stops and turns better than the whiney Honda CRV we drove.

I. Love. It.

Look at the features, drive it. All of this for only $25,600 total price! (the CRV was 35,695 with options on the sticker!)
I buy a new car every 2-3 years for the last 18 years. I know a good car from a hyper-marketed so called good car. Besides, it has 10 year 100,000 warranty, the Honda doesn't.

Mohammad

I have been a leader in engineering and quality. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2015 is an awesome vehicle, good quality, reliable and fine piece of engineering. :-)

Mohammad

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