However, the same can't be said for the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which creates a rubbery delay between throttle inputs and actual acceleration and saps most of the "Sport" out of the Outlander.
Handling is one of the Outlander Sport's strong points, whether it was in its 4WD mode or locked into the 2WD mode. Within its modest limits, we enjoyed our time behind its wheel, despite our qualms with the drivetrain.
One such creature comfort is the Outlander Sport's panoramic glass roof, which creates a dramatic view of the sky that stretches from the A-pillars to behind the second row. Even Mitsubishi's own photos don't do this feature justice.
Steering-wheel controls include a voice command button that activates Mitsubishi's FUSE hands-free link system, giving users voice control over the initiation of calls and the selection of digital media--for example, "Play artist Del the Funky Homosapien." OK, it may have a bit of trouble with that one.
The Outlander Sport's menus are full of all sorts of neat features, such as this external conditions log. However, the menu structure is so confusing that you'd be hard pressed to find anything you're looking for on the first shot.
While we're sure that prospective owners could get more performance, power, and economy out of a similarly equipped Lancer Sportback, the Outlander Sport trumps the hatchback in pure storage space and flexibility. Choose wisely.