2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

There are two distinct Outlander models from Mitsubishi. Our review machine is the smaller of the two: the five-passenger Outlander Sport, a GT model with optional all-wheel drive.

Base Sport models are front-wheel drive.

The nose has been updated in the latest version, but mechanically it’s unchanged. GT’s get HID headlights and lots of appearance extras.

Inside is where you can really see how outdated the Sport is compared to the competition; it looks like a design from 10 years ago. A bright spot is the excellent heated leather front seats.

mitsubishi_outlander_sport_gtYou can get a manual shift in base models, but the GT gets a continuously variable automatic. It also gets Rockford-Fosgate sound that’s terrific. Row two is roomy enough, but no row 3 is offered.

The Sport’s short wheelbase means not much cargo room compared to some other smaller crossovers. The side-mounted subwoofer is nicely integrated. Base Outlander Sports get a 2-liter four-cylinder. The GT gets an upgraded 2.4-liter with 168 horsepower.

Driving is where the sport really fails to live up to its name. Handling is clumsy and unsettled and the cabin is noisy.

So, for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT, I say thumbs up to good value, great front seats, and a great audio system; thumbs down to the outdated design and unsettled handling.

I averaged about 25 miles-per-gallon. The as-tested sticker is $28,345.

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