“I drove the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport a few years back and quickly concluded that it needed more power. The 2.0L four cylinder was having a tough time keeping up with traffic. Now, Mitsubishi has worked to fix the lack of power for 2015 and added a larger 2.4L four-cylinder engine putting out 168 hp. It still isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it’s now adequate and helps it keep up with traffic without much of a problem.
Usually with a larger engine the fuel economy suffers, but it didn’t seem to be the case with the 2015 Outlander Sport. The sticker says 23 mpg city/26 mpg highway and a combined 24 mpg, and I had no problem averaging 26.2 mpg. I did some heavy hauling during the 330 miles and still managed over 30 mpg on the highway on some longer trips. Part of the credit goes to the CVT automatic transmission, which seemed improved compared to the car I drove a few years back.
My tester came with the GT touring package -- at a cost of $4,650 -- that adds NAV with 7-inch screen, a loud 710W Rockford Fostgate Surround Sound audio system plus leather seats and a panoramic glass roof which helps open up the space. The interior of the 2015 Outlander Sport GT has comfortable seats, the gauges are easy to read and it’s all very straightforward; only some of the buttons on the upgraded sound system are small and hard to read. The sound system likes the volume up loud, and with a big subwoofer in the rear hatch area it assures others will hear it, too. The rest of the material in the interior is fine but not the best in its class. It seems durable without looking too cheap. This is a smaller crossover, so don’t expect the space like in other small crossovers. Still, the Outlander Sport is bigger inside than some of the newer mini crossovers that are hitting the market.” -- Mike Parris, WTOP