2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. Its Competition

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a bit smaller than today’s compact crossovers, a bit larger than newer small subcompact SUVs.

That means competitors come from a broad array of models.

The Ford Escape is a stalwart of the compact SUV class, but it’s now on the smaller end of the scale.

Updated since its debut, its fuel economy remains notoriously subpar.

The Jeep Compass, larger than the brand’s tiny Renegade but smaller than its Cherokee, is a newer vehicle with more modern features than the small Outlander.

It’s also a budget entry and shares a few of the Mitsubishi’s faults.

The Kia Sportage was new last year, though it too suffers from low fuel-economy ratings.

The Nissan Juke is fun to drive, but now as old as the Outlander Sport, no larger than a subcompact hatchback inside, and gets remarkably low EPA ratings as well.

The Subaru Crosstrek, entirely redesigned this year, is one of our favorites and a sales success, so while it compares to the Mitsubishi in size, bargaining may not be possible.

Still, it would be our pick among this group.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is old, crude, slow, and far from fuel-efficient, though it is cheap; buyers can likely do better.
The 2018 Ford Escape has the road manners of another kind of car—but don't worry, it still works well as a crossover.
The 2018 Jeep Compass makes some compromises in size and power, but its Trailhawk model hits the crossover-SUV sweet spot.
There’s a lot to like about the sharp-handling, attractive 2018 Kia Sportage, even if its fuel economy doesn’t impress.
The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek smooths over the edges that we didn’t like with the last version. It’s smooth, quiet, and capable—all good things because it won’t be rushed.
The 2017 Nissan Juke is best considered as the sportiest pick among subcompact crossovers, but it does come at a price.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall Station Wagons
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ES 2.0 ManualS FWDSport FWDLX FWD2.0i ManualFWD S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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