The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: a high content, low price compact SUV
The Mitsubishi brand has seen better days in the US market but the company has put a tremendous amount of R&D (and stock) in their current sport utility vehicle lineup and that is a point illustrated well by the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. While the Outlander Sport may be overshadowed by stronger selling models like the Ford Escape and the Honda CR-V, the fact that fully loaded Outlander Sport costs only slightly more than the entry level 4WD Escape and slightly less than the entry level 4WD CR-V while also achieving similar fuel economy should be reason enough for new SUV shoppers to check out the Outlander Sport. Our loaded up 2012 Outlander Sport carried a sticker price of $28,155 which includes the top of the line SE AWC package, a CVT transmission, the premium package and the navigation package. This loaded price of the Outlander Sport is similar to the pricing of the mid-level Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, before you add any options to those two models.
On the outside, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a design that is very similar to the larger Outlander and the sporty Lancer lineup. This includes a headlight design that gives the Outlander Sport a scowling, aggressive look with heavily chromed out bezels around the projection headlight system. Like the Lancer and Outlander, the Outlander Sport has a large central grille opening that runs from the hood to the lower fascia and widens as it gets to the bottom of the vehicle – with a chrome trim piece running around the perimeter of the cooling opening with a body colored strip dividing the upper and lower portions. The lower portion of the front fascia carries a set of chrome fog light housing in black bezels with a collection of air openings scattered across the front end. While the overall shape of the Outlander Sport does a fine job of wearing the “sport” designation – the front end is a big part of the sporty attitude of this small SUV.