The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: The Same Reliable Crossover SUV in an Eye-Catching Package

The crossover SUV is a relatively new style of vehicle that has taken the automobile market by storm. The crossover is a mixture between different types of cars, and it manages to pick up the best traits of each. It bears the off-road capability of a traditional SUV, the size of a sedan and the utility of a minivan. The crossover has been especially popular among young families thanks to its safety features, accessibility, and cargo space. In terms of fuel economy, crossovers consume much less than traditional SUVs thanks to their nimbler powertrain offerings.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been a popular crossover for quite some time. It has gained popularity thanks to its simplicity and pocket-friendly price tag. Moreover, the Outlander Sport performs impressively both on and off-road. The Hyundai Tucson is a worthy competitor for the Outlander Sport with a comfortable, spacious, and inviting interior cabin experience and impressive tech offerings. However, the Outlander Sport edges out the competition with its exceptional value and many affordable features.

Performance

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes powered by two potent engines. The first is a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower. Power is conveyed to the front wheels through an intuitive CVT transmission that's tuned for optimal fuel-economy ratings. All-wheel drive is available at an additional cost. The second engine option is a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower. Both engines are quick off the mark, and the steering wheel feels responsive, giving a pleasant driving experience. As one would expect, models equipped with all-wheel drive perform significantly better off-road.

The Hyundai Tucson comes powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 161 horsepower. This power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. At the top of the trim level, the Tucson is powered by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower. The same six-speed automatic is standard across all trim levels. All-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels at an additional cost.

The Hyundai Tucson's engine produces more power than the Outlander Sports. However, the Tucson is let down by its six-speed automatic gearbox, which feels sluggish compared to the CVT on the Outlander Sport. The Tucson has a disappointingly average acceleration and fuel economy as well.

Design

The new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets a complete visual facelift. It comes fitted with a new front grille that looks distinctive even from a distance. A faux skid plate and new headlights have also been included in the facelift. The rear end also features more aggressive-looking features and lights.

The Hyundai Tucson is attractive, however, it does little to stand out from its peers in the Hyundai line-up. The front headlights are angled, and the grille is large and upright. The rear end is somewhat uninspiring, and the plastic body cladding is quite visible. It's easy on the eyes, but doesn't tout the same sense of adventure as the Outlander Sport.

Interior

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport boasts a roomy interior. It has decent headroom and legroom for the passengers and impressive cargo space on offer. The front seats offer plenty of support, while the rear seats can comfortably fit adults for long drives.

The Hyundai Tucson is considerably smaller than the Outlander Sport. For this reason, it offers less interior space and less cargo space. The front seats are comfortable, while the rear seats are quite supportive as well.

Technology

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes standard with a plethora of features such as a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Higher trim levels offer more exciting features such as heated front seats, keyless ignition, a larger infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Safety features such as automated emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.

The Hyundai Tucson features several tech features, including air conditioning, USB charging ports, and a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Safety features such as lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking are standard. Adaptive cruise control is standard on top tier trim levels.

In summary, the Outlander Sport and the Hyundai Tucson are superb and reliable crossover SUVs. However, the Outlander Sport edges out the Tucson thanks to a superior transmission option, better fuel economy, more cargo-carrying potential, and ample tech features. If you are ready to experience the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, visit us at Fairfield Mitsubishi to schedule a test-drive or speak to a member of our friendly sales staff.

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