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 (1)

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)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Mitsubishi is issuing two recalls for model-year 2013 versions of its Outlander Sport compact crossover, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first is to address a fuel pump problem that affects 3,724 all-wheel-drive-equipped Outlander Sports manufactured from June 11 through Dec. 11, 2012 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). These vehicles may be missing a fuel sending unit harness, which could result in a false fuel tank level reading; this could cause the vehicle to unexpectedly stall.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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With good looks and a low starting price of $19,995, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has lots of appeal until you live with it for a little while, says Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim. During her weeklong test drive, Carrie was underwhelmed by its underpowered four-cylinder engine and tiny cargo area. It could hold a stroller, but there wasn’t any room for grocery bags back there, too.

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By Jennifer Newman | February 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Subaru Forester Rises Seven Spots in Small-SUV Affordability

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A few weeks ago we threw the redesigned Toyota RAV4 into our compact crossover affordability index, and the popular Toyota ranked right around the group's average. Subaru fans may notice the outgoing 2013 Forester sat near the bottom, largely because the small SUV got mediocre gas mileage and required stepping up a trim level to get a telescoping steering wheel — one of seven features we included in our pricing scheme.

Our affordability index compared 13 models — each was the least expensive trim level that included common equipment like an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a USB/audio jack port and tilt/telescoping steering. We also factored in the destination charge and four years of gas.

With its 2014 redesign, the Forester moved up seven spots, thanks to more standard features and better gas mileage. In fact, the new Forester is the third most affordable compact crossover on the market, behind the Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport — and it has standard all-wheel drive.

By Kelsey Mays | January 25, 2013 | Comments (8)

Is the 2013 Toyota RAV4 the Most Affordable Compact Crossover?

Back in April, we asked the question: what is the most affordable compact crossover on the market? That was when a new Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape were hitting the scene. We’re looking at it again so soon because a redesigned Toyota RAV4, one of the best-sellers in the segment, has been priced and goes on sale this month.

Last go round we compared 13 models, finding the least expensive trim level of each one that featured some common equipment: an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a USB/audio jack port, tilt and telescoping steering and roof rails.

We’ve dropped the roof rails requirement, which has changed the possibilities somewhat—the Ford Escape can now be had in S trim instead of SE, making it more affordable. Other models have revised their pricing and one contender was quietly revised for the 2013 model year. That means we have a new affordability champ.

By Aaron Bragman | January 7, 2013 | Comments (2)

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