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Compact Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT emphasizes utility over performance

Although dressed up as a performance car, the Outlander Sport GT is more about a comfortable, uncomplicated ride.

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The Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi's compact SUV, has a small footprint but versatile cargo space.

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The Outlander Sport got a style update for the 2016 model year, mostly affecting the grille aesthetics.

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As Mitsubishi's most popular car in the US, it comes in four trim variants with optional all-wheel-drive.

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Although Mitsubishi dresses up the Outlander Sport GT with paddle shifters, it remains more cruiser than performance driver.

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The Outlander Sport is designed for five passengers.

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HID headlights are standard on the GT trim.

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The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque.

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A panoramic sun roof stretches over the rear seats.

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Mitsubishi calls its all-wheel-drive system "AWC," for all-wheel-control, and has refined it in the Evo and Outlander models.

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With 8.5 inches of ground clearance and a driving position higher than a standard car, the Outlander Sport offers a good view of the road.

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Fuel economy comes in at 25 mpg combined in EPA testing, not very good for the segment.

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Mitsubishi doesn't offer a blind-spot monitor or adaptive cruise control in the Outlander Sport.

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Although a perfectly fine driver, its prime competitor, the Honda HR-V, undercuts the Outlander Sport in price and features.

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A continuously variable transmission includes six programmed shift points.

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Cargo capacity comes to about 50 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

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