2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. Its Competition

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD 4-door CVT SE Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport doesn't have all that many direct rivals this year, but it will have plenty in just another year or so.

For now, the Jeep Compass is probably the most direct rival to the Outlander Sport; however, next to the Compass, the Sport feels more responsive and finely tuned.

The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is somewhat smaller, but it's a comparable package, with a slightly higher stance, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, and standard all-wheel drive.

The Matrix is more of a tall hatchback, with absolutely no ruggedness or off-road ability—whereas the Outlander Sport has some, at least for light trails or snow.

The Kia Sportage, which has an extroverted new design but quite a bit of ride harshness, is a size larger.

The Nissan Juke is a curious alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle, but some might cross-shop it with the Outlander Sport.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD 4-door CVT SE Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
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2011 Jeep Compass FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2012 Jeep Compass
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2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2011 Nissan Juke AWD 5dr Wagon I4 CVT SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Juke
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2011 Toyota Matrix2012 Toyota Matrix
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Quick Specs
If you do most of your driving in the city, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a pleasant, nimble runabout that offers strong value for the money.
The 2012 Jeep Compass looks pretty good—and its combination of versatile interior, mild off-road ability, and reasonably good gas mileage make it even more attractive—but it simply fails to feel cohesive, responsive, or refined.
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
Scant room and lousy gas mileage probably don't even matter--if you're into the 2012 Nissan Juke's crazy styling, you'll probably love its zingy powertrain and its dino-skin cockpit.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Manual ESFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door Base5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door Crossover5 Door Wagon
Detailed Spec Comparison
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