2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition to Bow at L.A. Auto Show


A pair of Mitsubishi crossovers are set to make their North American debuts later this month at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show: the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition.

Full specs haven't been released, but Mitsubishi says the third generation of the midsize Outlander boasts a new design that emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency and a new, more fuel-efficient engine.

The revised Outlander loses more than an inch of length for 2014. Changes to its exterior styling include a restyled grille, a raised belt line, a more contoured body and wraparound headlamps. It follows the look of the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II first shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

By Matt Schmitz | November 15, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at the 2012 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson
  • Looks like: Cleaner-looking nose, more chrome trim
  • Drivetrain: 148-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual or CVT
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

Mitsubishi's smallest crossover and best-selling vehicle gets slightly refreshed for 2013. Aside from exterior styling tweaks and a revised suspension, the Outlander Sport’s unlovable continuously variable automatic transmission gets recalibrated for the second time since the vehicle’s model-year 2011 debut.

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The compact crossover's face gets updated with a tweaked grille, new fog lamp design, black side sills and revised bumpers. Eighteen-inch wheels are newly standard across all trim levels, replacing 16s on base models.  More chrome trim dots the exterior, which comes in several new colors: White Pearl and Quick Silver join Laguna Blue, Labrador Black Pearl, Mercury Gray and Rally Red.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

New Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at New York Auto Show

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With just under a week to go, the New York auto show is shaping up to be a busy one. Mitsubishi just announced it will unveil an updated-for-2013 Outlander Sport at the show.

The automaker's smallest crossover originally joined the compact SUV class for the 2011 model year. It got a few updates for model-year 2012, including the recalibration of its cranky continuously variable automatic transmission and the addition of a backup camera.

Mitsubishi calls the Outlander Sport its best-selling vehicle and plans a host of "design and equipment improvements" for 2013, including another update to the CVT. Other changes include exterior styling tweaks to the front and rear fascias, interior upgrades and a revamped rear suspension.

We'll get more details when the New York International Auto Show opens to the media April 4.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

Mitsubishi's 2012 Outlander Sport Named Top Safety Pick

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Mitsubishi lightly updated its smallest crossover for the 2012 model year, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety took notice. The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earned the IIHS' top safety award.

It qualified as a Top Safety Pick after receiving the highest score of Good in front-, side-impact, rear and roof-strength crash tests. In each test, vehicles are rated as Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor.

Aside from updates made to quiet the cabin and a transmission recalibration, Mitsubishi also strengthened the compact crossover's roof, improving protection in the case of a rollover. However, IIHS cautions that the award applies only to the 2012 model.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Though the Outlander Sport is selling well, Cars.com has never been a fan of Mitsubishi's compact SUV. Its loud, slow engine really annoys. Tweaks to its powertrain for 2012 improved things, according to Cars.com Managing Editor Dave Thomas, but only slightly and not enough to bring it up to the level of its class competitors.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

By Jennifer Geiger | March 1, 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Car Seat Check


Though the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is an ultra-small crossover, it handled our child-safety seats surprisingly well. This five-seater is nimble on the open road and in tight parking lots, and its higher ride height offers a good view of the road.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

Love That New-Car Smell? Your Body Doesn't

An environmental group has released the findings of its annual study on automotive toxic materials, and the news isn't good for 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport owners.

Mitsubishi's compact SUV was rated the worst for toxic materials in the cabin, according to tests by the Ecology Center, a non-profit group based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The center found higher levels of contaminants such as bromine, chromium and lead in the Outlander Sport's seats, plastic parts and center console. Other offenders on the list include the 2011 Chrysler 200 and the 2011 Kia Soul.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 16, 2012 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Mitsubishi is recalling 21 model-year 2012 Outlander Sport compact SUVs for faulty turn-signal levers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were built from Nov. 9 through Dec. 16. In some vehicles, the turn-signal lever’s auto-cancel function may not work. If this happens, the turn signal may indicate a direction the car no longer intends to travel, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but dealers will inspect and replace faulty turn-signal levers for free. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 800-222-0037 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 BMW 335is, 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2011 Honda Accord

Editors Kelsey Mays and David Thomas discuss the three distinct models listed above in the first official podcast of 2011. Start the new year off right by learning what these vehicles do well and what they don’t do so well. And yes, even the Accord has its flaws.

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By David Thomas | January 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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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 Cars.com 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 

By Colin Bird | December 24, 2010 | Comments (27)

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