The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can't compete with the heavyweights of the compact crossover segment—the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4—on quality, features, or refinement, though it beats them all on price.
Instead, its competitors are in the second tier, including the smaller Nissan Juke.
That car too focuses on sporty driving but is let down by interior materials that appear cheap these days.
The Kia Sportage, like the Mitsubishi, is smaller than the mainstream entrants, though larger than the Outlander Sport.
The Jeep Compass and its close sibling, the Patriot remain a standout for shoppers seeking for a small vehicle that has legitimate off-roading capabilities.
The Subaru XV Crosstrek has proven hugely popular as a small crossover based on a hatchback design.
Finally, if you don't need all-wheel drive, the Ford C-Max is a tall hatchback that offers all the refinement and interior quality that's missing in the Outlander Sport.
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|2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SportBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford C-MaxBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jeep CompassBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan JukeBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||40 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Large Cars||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small Station Wagons|
|2WD 4-Door Manual 2.0 ES||5-Door HB SE||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door LX||5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Hatchback||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2016 Ford C-Max||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2016 Jeep Compass||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2016 Kia Sportage||2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2016 Nissan Juke|