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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 2014 Outlander Sport is simultaneously a lighter, somewhat smaller alternative to the Outlander, and a tall wagon that has about the same overall width and height as the Lancer compact sedan. But thankfully, it doesn't look too much like either of those two models, and it has its own design that looks good from nearly all angles.
The basic look of the Outlander Sport is practical and no-nonsense, but it's been spruced up just the past several model years. Last year, Mitsubishi smoothed over some of the bluntness of the shark-like front-end design, while the look was made just a little neater in back with a new bumper design and blacked-out lower-body trim.
Overall, the Outlander Sport ends up looking more like a tall hatch—sporty from some angles, a bit bulbous from others—and the different sheetmetal than the Outlander, and a rising beltline crease that helps keep from looking too slab-sided. A new rear bumper design introduced last year offers a blacked-out lower-body aero trim to help it look just a little sportier, perhaps.
The dash is clean and upright inside, but your intrigue at first glance might disperse to disappointment upon closer look, as the cabin packs in plenty of drab materials that aren't all that much more impressive than those in the Lancer compact sedan. Mitsubishi has added a little more bright trim, which helped somewhat, and seat materials have been updated. This year there's a new black-leather seating option in the SE Touring Package.
If the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport builds expectations with a sleek silhouette and edgy details; then the drab interior doesn't quite meet them.