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STYLING | 8 out of 10
shares no exterior body panels with its larger sibling
materials and textures are notably better than some of the pieces found in the Lancer line
the only carryovers you'll find are the door mirrors, steering wheel and a few other interior bits
It's a face that evokes speed and performance, but the rest of the car is a relatively conservative
The Outlander Sport is essentially a lighter, shorter (about a foot) version of the Outlander crossover vehicle, with nearly the same overall width and height. But it looks and drives quite differently, and clearly aims at those in the city rather than the suburbs, and its styling and details help frame that difference in purpose.
From most angles, it ends up looking more like a tall hatch, and the blunt, sharklike front end looks just as good here as it does in the Outlander and Lancer family. With different sheetmetal than the Outlander, and a rising beltline crease that helps keep from looking too slab-sided it looks sporty from the front. From the back, the Outlander Sport could be taken quite differently; it looks a little more bulbous and chunky, and we wished the designers would have given it a less anonymous tail to match the bold front.
Inside, the Outlander Sport looks influenced by the more upscale Outlander, but it falls victim to the basic Lancer models' drab interior trims. Mitsubishi has already added more bright trim to the 2012 model, which helps somewhat.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport lives up to its name on the outside, but it's a little drab inside.