2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

There are now a number of other alternatives that might suit your niche a bit better—like the Subaru XV Crosstrek for outdoorsy types, the Ford C-Max for green shoppers, or the upcoming Buick Encore for those who want a more upscale vehicle this size.

In each case, these are vehicles that verge between stylish tall hatchbacks and some of the smallest crossovers—some of which are rugged, others of which attempt to be more upscale, sporty, or family-oriented.

The Buick Encore offers a taste of luxury in a very small crossover—with a warmly trimmed, more comfort-oriented interior; but it doesn't at all drive like a luxury vehicle.

The Jeep Compass gets a new six-speed automatic transmission for 2014 that should make a big difference in drivability; and it's still a standout as it can be equipped with real off-road ability.

The Ford C-Max has a comparable layout, and it's arriving to the U.S.

only as a hybrid—with a pretty generous list of equipment and a 47-mpg EPA highway rating.

The Kia Sportage is a step smaller than crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and it feels a little sportier.

Finally, the strong-performing Nissan Juke is an interesting alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander looks sporty, maneuvers easily, and is very space-efficient. All that's missing is the refined interior that the exterior suggests.
6.6
The 2014 Jeep Compass finally finds true north, with a better automatic transmission and a few more fine details.
7.6
With up to 260 horsepower on tap and styling that's suitably athletic, the 2014 Kia Sportage shows that practical compact crossover wagons don't need to be so stodgy.
6.8
The 2014 Nissan Juke is part oddball, part exotic, and part awesomely different (although not all that practical) small car.
6.8
The 2013 Nissan Juke is road candy, from its zippy powertrain to its wacky looks--but tight space and low real-world gas mileage leave an aftertaste.
7.0
A good value in the subcompact class, the Suzuki SX4 is one of the least expensive all-wheel-drive cars you can buy.
MSRP From     
$19,470$18,795$21,600$19,170$18,990$15,845
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall station wagon
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door CVT ESFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door LX5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD4-Door Sedan Manual LE FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityCrossoverSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODContinuously Variable RatioManual