2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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What's New for 2015:
  • Optional 2.4-liter engine
  • Upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT) improves pedal response
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Improved sound insulation
  • Shinier front fascia
  • SE trim level gets LED running lights

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact, 5-passenger crossover SUV. It's available in base ES, SE, or GT trim levels, with a choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For 2015, Mitsubishi has upgraded the sound insulation on the Outlander Sport, and has added a more eye-catching front fascia. Competitors include the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Juke, and the Subaru Impreza.

Models and Features
The base ES trim level of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features 18-in. alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, 60/40 split rear seats, LED taillights, heated mirrors, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 140-watt sound system with 4 speakers. The new, more powerful 2.4-liter engine is available as an option on the ES, and comes with a black front bumper. Options include the Navigation package and the Park Assist Sensors package.

The Outlander Sport SE is available only with the standard 2.0-liter engine, but upgrades to HID headlights and adds LED running lights, premium cloth upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and rain-sensing wipers.

The GT has the SE features and adds the 2.4-liter engine as standard equipment, along with roof rails, power-adjustable driver's seat, aluminum pedals, and more exterior chrome.

Several options are available for the Outlander Sport SE. The Deluxe package adds leather upholstery and the power driver's seat; the Navigation package adds a navigation system; the Premium package adds a sunroof, premium sound system, upgraded interior lighting, and roof rack rails. The Touring package includes all the options. The Premium and Touring packages are also available on the GT.

The Exterior package includes a rear spoiler, front and rear undercovers, and an alloy fuel door. The Cargo package adds a tonneau cover, cargo net, and cargo mat. The Interior package adds a piano black gearshift panel and a black leather/aluminum shift knob.

Other packages address exterior protection issues. Fog lights are offered as an individual option. Total cargo space is 21.7 cu. ft. behind the rear seats, expanding to 49.5 cu. ft. with the seats folded down.

Under the Hood
The standard engine on the Outlander Sport ES and SE is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard transmission is a 5-speed manual; optional is the CVT with paddle shifters. This transmission has been upgraded for 2015 to improve both the pedal response and the gas mileage, according to Hyundai. Front-wheel drive is standard; AWD with a 4-wheel-drive (4WD) lock button is optional. The new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 168 horsepower and 167 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy
The standard 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with the 2.0-liter engine, CVT, and FWD gets 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined, according to the EPA. With AWD it gets 24/30/27 mpg; with the manual transmission and FWD it returns 24/30/26 mpg. The new optional 2.4-liter engine delivers 25/31/27 mpg with FWD, or 24/29/26 mpg with AWD.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Outlander Sport includes 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, hill-start assist, and 7 air bags. Park-assist sensors are optional.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, with 4 stars for overall frontal-impact protection and 5 for overall side-impact protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Outlander Sport received a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest) in the moderate-overlap, side-impact, frontal-offset, and roof-strength tests. The seats and head restraints were rated \"Good\" for rear-impact whiplash protection. The small-overlap frontal-offset test elicited an \"Acceptable\" rating.


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