2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There are now a number of other alternatives that might suit your niche a bit better—like the Subaru XV Crosstrek for outdoorsy types, the Ford C-Max for green shoppers, or the upcoming Buick Encore for those who want a more upscale vehicle this size.

In each case, these are vehicles that verge between stylish tall hatchbacks and some of the smallest crossovers—some of which are rugged, others of which attempt to be more upscale, sporty, or family-oriented.

The Buick Encore offers a taste of luxury in a very small crossover—with a warmly trimmed, more comfort-oriented interior; but it doesn't at all drive like a luxury vehicle.

The Jeep Compass gets a new six-speed automatic transmission for 2014 that should make a big difference in drivability; and it's still a standout as it can be equipped with real off-road ability.

The Ford C-Max has a comparable layout, and it's arriving to the U.S.

only as a hybrid—with a pretty generous list of equipment and a 47-mpg EPA highway rating.

The Kia Sportage is a step smaller than crossovers like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, and it feels a little sportier.

Finally, the strong-performing Nissan Juke is an interesting alternative; it's more of a sporty car than a utility vehicle.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander looks sporty, maneuvers easily, and is very space-efficient. All that's missing is the refined interior that the exterior suggests.
6.6
The 2014 Jeep Compass finally finds true north, with a better automatic transmission and a few more fine details.
7.6
With up to 260 horsepower on tap and styling that's suitably athletic, the 2014 Kia Sportage shows that practical compact crossover wagons don't need to be so stodgy.
6.8
The 2014 Nissan Juke is part oddball, part exotic, and part awesomely different (although not all that practical) small car.
6.8
The 2013 Nissan Juke is road candy, from its zippy powertrain to its wacky looks--but tight space and low real-world gas mileage leave an aftertaste.
MSRP From    
$19,470$18,795$21,600$19,170$18,990
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagon
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door CVT ESFWD 4-Door Altitude2WD 4-Door LX5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilityCrossover
Transmission    
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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