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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$18,001
BASE MSRP
$18,795
On Performance
The Outlander Sport drives like a light, responsive small car; but the CVT automatic makes it feel sluggish on the highway.
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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

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if you like to jump ahead of queues from the right lane at stoplights, look elsewhere.
Car and Driver

Not all CVTs are evil, but this one has at least stood at the crossroads and contemplated an eternity in hell.
Winding Road

the steering was predictably smooth, with a reassuring tightness mid-corner.
Autoblog

the better choice is the 5-speed manual, which has excellent shift action, an easy-to-modulate clutch and gives the Outlander Sport a much livelier feel
Road & Track

quite comfortable and effortless to drive
Motor Trend

Behind the wheel, the Outlander Sport is a lot more like a compact sedan than a larger crossover. There's a light, responsive feel—and not much heft—and we really like the tuning of the electric power steering here (trust us: so many get it wrong). It handles with the poise of a lower vehicle--perkier than the likes of the Scion xD or xB, and smaller in driving feel than the Honda CR-V or Ford Escape--and has particularly good steering compared to other vehicles in its class, with nice weighting and actually some feedback from the road. Brakes are excellent, too.

That's all good, but we're certainly not in love with the powertrain. The 2012 Outlander Sport comes powered by a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with either a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a five-speed manual gearbox. The stick is a good choice, but the CVT that will be easiest to find at the dealership can make the engine sluggish and boomy when you want to tap into highway passing power—though in the city, it's quite docile. Adding to that impression is a whole lot of road noise from inside the cabin.

 

Conclusion

The Outlander Sport drives like a light, responsive small car; but the CVT automatic makes it feel sluggish on the highway.

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