Mitsubishi Outlander vs. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: What’s the Difference?

The Mitsubishi Outlander’s family of models has a variety of SUVs to meet the needs of different drivers. Although the names are similar, the Outlander and Outlander Sport are two very different models.

If you’re not sure which one is right for you, here’s a comparison between the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to help you find the vehicle that suits your needs.

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The 2019 Outlander

The larger Outlander is a compact model, taking on the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but still has a good deal of cargo space.

It offers:

  • a 2.4-liter 166 horsepower, 162 lb-ft of torque
  • 27 MPG combined fuel economy
  • 7 passenger seating capacity
  • 63.3 cubic-foot of cargo space with the seats folded down (34.2 behind the second row)
  • Towing capacity of 1,500 pounds

The Outlander is one of the few compact models that offers a third row of seats, offering more seating capacity. It also offers a more powerful 3.0-liter, V6 engine yielding 224 horsepower.

For those seeking greater fuel economy, there is also the Outlander PHEV model, which is a plug-in hybrid model that has an electric range of 22 miles. It has a starting price of about $35,000. The batteries cut into cargo room so no third row of seating on this model.

According to Mitsubishi, the Outlander PHEV was the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid crossover for 2018. The model has been a hit in Europe for years, selling over 100,000 units. In the U.S. the model has a starting price of about $35,000, but a federal electric vehicle tax credit may be available.

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The 2019 Outlander Sport

The Outlander Sport, is a subcompact model, that is notably smaller than the Outlander. It has five different trim levels available, allowing drivers to find the one that best fits their needs. The model comes with:

  • 148 horsepower, 145 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • 27 MPG combined fuel economy
  • 5 passenger seating capacity
  • 21.77 cubic-foot cargo space behind rear seats/ 49.5 max cargo
  • Towing not recommended

The Outlander Sport does offer all-wheel drive as an option, unlike some of of its competitors.

Key Points to Consider

The Outlander has room for more passengers, but the Outlander Sport is for the more frugal buyer. The price of the Outlander typically ranges from between $24,000 – $40,000 depending on the features selected, while the Outlander Sport ranges from $21,000 to $26,000.

Both vehicles has similar technology, a 7-inch touch panel display audio system, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Android Auto. They both also come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, rear view camera and Bluetooth. One other difference is that the Outlander has additional speakers in the third row of seats.

The safety features between the two models are fairly similar, too. Standard features, such as Active Stability Control, air bags, LATCH child restraint system and more come with both models.

Both models come with the Mitsubishi warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. It’s considered one of the industry’s best warranties.

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You’ll have to stop less at the gas station with the Outlander vs. the Outlander Sport, making it more convenient for longer trips. The Outlander Sport is the more affordable choice and it has a higher safety rating than the Outlander.

If you want adequate power and space, the Outlander is probably the right choice. If your priority is affordability, the Outlander Sport could fit the bill

You may have to test drive both to see which one really fits your needs and driving styles.

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