A few weeks back I was on the road a LOT. Burning up Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas, I had the chance to drive both the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, and the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport back to back. Sure the highway was the same in both cars, but you can’t compare a crossover’s performance to a subcompact car.
Alone, with about 250 miles ahead of me, I cranked up my favorite Sirius XM station on the 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system, and headed towards home. The Outlander Sport model I drove, had the 6.1″ touch panel display with rearview camera, but not the navigation system. This always confuses me, but then, I don’t use the nav system in my personal vehicle, I use my smartphone.
I was happy to be in a larger vehicle with more room for my gear, but, that didn’t break the bank at the fuel pump. And was pleasantly surprised, that even driving 75 mph from Dallas to Houston (which yes is the posted speed limit), I averaged around 29 mpg on the highway. In 2015, the five passenger compact crossover experienced some changes on the exterior as well as interior design.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review
- New next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- New Carbon audio panel trim (ES model)
- New stylish-looking LED running lights (SE model)
- New high-gloss piano black with silver accent audio panel trim (SE)
- New thicker front door window glass for improved sound insulation (all models)
- New next-generation fuel-saving Electric Power Steering (all models)
- New rear quarter panel sound insulation for reduced road noise (all models)
- New relocated heated front seat switchgear for easier accessibility (SE)
With the new CVT, the 2015 Outlander Sport ranks as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. The SE model includes automatic climate control; FAST-key passive entry system; high-gloss piano black with silver accent audio trim panel; heated front seats; One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; a 6 speaker 6.1-in. display touchscreen audio system with HD Radio® and SIRIUSXM® satellite radio with 3-month subscription; rearview camera; rain-sensing wipers; and Super-wide beam High-Intensity Discharge (S-HID) headlights with auto off/on control; and stylish-looking LED running lights.
As you know, safety is always a big concern for me on the road. Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport is equipped with: Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA); Traction Control Logic (TCL); a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and a seven (7) air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front air bags with passenger weight and driver’s seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Drive Impressions
Despite the changes made to the Outlander Sport to reduce in cabin noise, I still found it noisy compared to other CUVs in the market. Overall, the ride was smooth, but the CUV lacked substantial power when it came to acceleration. Not the quickest CUV on the road, it is easy to maneuver. and packs a lot of features for the price tag. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE mode I drove, with Rockford Fosgate sound system, rings up at $25, 745. College students or those on a tight budget can go with the ES for under $20,000, and still enjoy the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty; and 5-year/unlimited miles roadside assistance.
For me, I like to drive vehicles I find exciting, or can connect with on one or more levels, like technology, appearance, or performance. Nothing personal against the Outlander Sport, but I found it boring. There wasn’t one feature that made it stand out from the crowded CUV category that includes the: Mazda CX-5, Nissan Juke, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Mini Cooper. I hope Mitsubishi can make a few changes here and there, and put the “sport” back into the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.