At well under $20k for the base model, the Outlander Sport stands out as a good deal—especially if you can overlook some of its issues with refinement.
The base 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has an impressive list of standard equipment, including air conditioning, steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry, and a 140-watt sound system.
The SE model steps up to the FUSE Bluetooth hands-free system, plus automatic climate control and heated front seats and mirrors. An additional $1,800 Premium Package includes a panoramic sunroof, Rockford Fosgate premium audio with subwoofer, Sirius satellite radio, a 6-CD changer, and black roof rails.
While the base model might seem a steal, the competition is bound to be more intense if you're shopping the SE. For instance, the soon-to-arrive 2013 Buick Encore likely won't start all that much higher than the SE's nearly $26k.