Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport isn't known for being a sprightly small SUV. In her review of the 2014 model with its anemic 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Cars.com Assistant Managing Editor-News Jennifer Geiger says, "slow and loud are two Outlander Sport hallmarks."
For 2015, Mitsubishi is adding an optional 168-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 20 more horsepower than the 2.0-liter and at least provides a better chance the new Outlander Sport 2.4 ES and GT trim levels won't have acceleration as leisurely as the 2.0-liter. The smaller engine sticks around as the Sport's base engine for 2015. The new engine pairs exclusively with the continuously variable transmission and is available in front- or all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter starts at $22,145, including an $850 destination fee.