The Good The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's new Fuse voice command system allows users to access music and make hands-free calls without fiddling with menus. The optional panoramic glass roof adds a sense of drama to the cabin. Fuel economy is quite good for its class.
The Bad Mitsubishi's CVT transmission creates a noticeable lag between throttle input and actual acceleration. The touch-screen interface is haphazardly organized, requiring users to dig through multiple menus for basic options.
The Bottom Line The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is an attractive CUV with a few cool features that will appeal to younger buyers, but its power train is seriously lacking in the "sport" department.
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC
Not everything that glitters is gold; and not every vehicle with the word "Sport" in its name is sporty. Such is the case with the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
When we took delivery of our Laguna Blue example, the crossover's muscular exterior, aggressive front end, and AWC (all-wheel control) badging conjured fantasies of whipping through the twisties in something like the slightly larger Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart--after all, the vehicles share their basic chassis architecture and 2.0-liter MIVEC engine. Then, we looked a bit closer. The Outlander Sport AWC was equipped with a single-option continuously variable transmission, not the twin-clutch SST gearbox we loved in the Ralliart. Our 2.0-liter MIVEC engine lacked a turbocharger and about 89 horsepower, outputting a reasonable (but not neck-snapping) 148 horsepower. Also, our AWC system was lacking an active center differential. Slowly, but surely, our fantasy was beginning to dissolve.