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.

By Rick Popely | June 19, 2014 | Comments (5)

What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

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If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.

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One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.

We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.

By David Thomas | June 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Real-World Cargo Space

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Not to be confused with the seven-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, the Outlander Sport is a considerably smaller SUV with room for five occupants. Those five people in the Outlander Sport will have to pack light; it offers much less cargo room compared to similarly priced compact SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Expert Review

The Outlander Sport's 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row is tiny compared to the CX-5's 34.1 cubic feet and the Tucson's 25.7 cubic feet. Those who need maximum cargo room may want to consider skipping the Outlander Sport's optional Rockford Fosgate sound system. The stereo's subwoofer takes up 1.6 cubic feet of cargo space, shrinking volume to 20.1 cubic feet.

By Joe Bruzek | May 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

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Before Ben Affleck directed Best Picture-winner "Argo" and Jennifer Lopez was a judge on "American Idol," the onetime couple starred together in "Gigli." And that's what Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger compares the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to. If that doesn't say it all, Geiger's complaints about the crossover include "slow," "noisy" and "bland" — just like "Gigli." Unlike the rather expensive film flop, however, the Outlander Sport is thriftily priced — enough to ignore its faults? Read the review and decide.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Car Seat Check

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Mitsubishi's smallest crossover is also the runt of the compact crossover class. The 2014 Outlander Sport is several inches shorter than competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, so it offers much less legroom. This was a big issue when installing child-safety seats, but it wasn't the only problem. Awkward top tether anchor placement also made installing the forward-facing convertible difficult.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 24, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 733 model-year 2013 versions of the Outlander Sport crossover manufactured between July 20, 2012, and May 29, 2013; only vehicles equipped with leather seats are affected.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the driver-side seat-mounted air bag wiring may have been improperly routed during the leather seat cover installation process. If the seat height is adjusted, the wiring could get damaged, resulting in the illumination of the air bag warning light. If a crash occurs, the airbag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mitsubishi has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 800-222-0037 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: All models get improved sound insulation, while audio and tech features, as well as interior materials, are upgraded on different trim levels.
  • Price change: $300 increase across ES and SE trims
  • On sale: This week
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Upgrades to tech and comfort come at a nominal cost, making the 2014 the better value.

Updates last year to Mitsubishi's best-selling model, the Outlander Sport, emphasized what was on the outside as well as under the hood. For 2014 the five-passenger crossover sports new tech and interior touches.

A new audio head unit comes on the ES trim level, while all models get a redesigned steering wheel with audio controls, and the SE trim gets HD Radio. A new engine balancer shaft is standard on all models with a continuously variable transmission, while all models receive improved sound insulation materials. New tech features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen with a backup camera on the SE trim; and a new navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest info and real-time traffic with the SE Touring Package. The SE Touring Package also includes new black-leather seating.

By Matt Schmitz | July 23, 2013 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Mitsubishi is recalling 305 model-year 2013 Outlander Sport crossovers due to a problem with the suspension system that could affect braking distance and vehicle control, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between Jan. 17 and Jan. 25, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). The stabilizer link on the front strut was improperly welded and may detach, causing damage to the tire or brake hose. This could lead to a difficulty steering, or the vehicle may require a longer stopping distance, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the front left strut assembly for free; the automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 800-222-0037 or NHTSA's hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Mitsubishi is recalling 3,181 model-year 2011 Outlander Sport compact crossovers due to a problem with the panoramic glass roof that could allow it to detach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between Aug. 26, 2010, and March 29, 2011. The glass roof may have been installed without the application of primer before the adhesive. Without primer, the roof may detach from the vehicle, resulting in a road hazard for other vehicles.

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the panoramic glass to determine whether primer was used; if no primer is found, the glass will be reinstalled for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820, NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Several Compact Crossovers Fail IIHS' Small Overlap Test

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's newest test — frontal small overlap — is pretty tough to ace. The agency recently performed the test, meant to simulate a crash of a vehicle's front corner into another vehicle, a tree or a pole, on 13 compact SUVs; 11 scored Marginal or Poor.

The new-for-2014 Subaru Forester came out ahead of the pack, earning a Good score and the agency's highest overall safety rating, Top Safety Pick+. Behind it is the slow-selling 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport; it pulled an Acceptable score. The test group included 2014, 2013 and 2012 models.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 16, 2013 | Comments (4)

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