The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport doesn't have all that many direct rivals this year, but it will have plenty in just another year or so.
For now, the Jeep Compass is probably the most direct rival to the Outlander Sport; however, next to the Compass, the Sport feels more responsive and finely tuned.
The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is somewhat smaller, but it's a comparable package, with a slightly higher stance, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, and standard all-wheel drive.
The Matrix is more of a tall hatchback, with absolutely no ruggedness or off-road ability—whereas the Outlander Sport has some, at least for light trails or snow.
The Kia Sportage, which has an extroverted new design but quite a bit of ride harshness, is a size larger.
The Nissan Juke is a curious alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle, but some might cross-shop it with the Outlander Sport.
|2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SportBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jeep CompassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan JukeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Suzuki SX4Browse Used Listings||2012 Toyota MatrixBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Small station wagon||Small Station Wagon|
|2WD 4-Door Manual ES||FWD 4-Door Sport||2WD 4-Door Base||5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD||4-Door Sedan Manual FWD||5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Crossover||4 Door Sedan||5 Door Wagon|