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GREEN | 7 out of 10
24 mpg city, 31 highway (manual 2WD); 25/31 (automatic 2WD); 24/29 (auto 4WD)
We did manage 25 miles per gallon in suburban driving with a fairly heavy right foot, and we averaged 29 mpg on the highway, by the way.
Small crossover vehicles like the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport—with a tall profile but a small-car footprint—have one typical issue: While they get small-car fuel economy around town, they can't even do as well as a mid-size sedan on the highway.
With either the manual gearbox or the CVT, the Outlander Sport gets EPA city ratings in the mid-20s and highway ratings around 30 mpg.
The CVT automatic that most Outlander Sports will likely come with does return good mileage in the city—we saw 24 mpg in about 120 miles of mixed driving and short trips, but even with the cruise control on we had trouble even hitting 30 mpg on the highway. It's a tall top-gear ratio, but the CVT will need to raise revs for even slight uphill grades.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is fuel-efficient in the city, but surprisingly thirsty on the highway.