In April of 2019, I purchased a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It is the first Mitsubishi I’ve ever owned, and I love it. Mitsubishi covers all of their new vehicles with a 10-year / 100,000 mile warranty. As stated in the walk-around review video above, this says a lot about the confidence Mitsubishi places in their vehicles. No manufacturer wants to spend needless money repairing customer vehicles, so to warranty the car for that period of time is definitely a demonstration of expected longevity for this SUV.
Although I drove and am reviewing a 2020 model for this article, my own vehicle is a 2019 model. I’ve included 40 photos of both the exterior and interior of this 2020 Outlander Sport, as well as a walk-around video review of the car, and a photo of the Window Sticker for your review. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
As a person who does a lot of driving, I’ve put more than 40,000 miles on my Outlander Sport so far. This one is brand new. For the 2020 model year, Mitsubishi redesigned the exterior appearance a bit. I like the new look. Inside, it’s the same great interior, for the most part.
Although the window sticker predicts an overall fuel economy rating of 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 30 miles per gallon around town, my personal experiences are a bit better than that. I regularly get 33 to 34 miles per gallon on the freeway, and my overall average is nearly 29 miles per gallon. I am very happy with the fuel efficiency I’ve achieved.
The Outlander Sport comes in both front-wheel-drive as well as all-wheel-drive. With a vehicle this light, most people can get along fine with just the front-wheel-drive model. It’s more than sufficient for most situations.
The interior has plenty of room for passengers and driver, as well as a decent amount of storage. I love taking the Outlander Sport for long drives. It’s a joy.
The engine is mated to a Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) which took me a few months to get used to, as there is no shifting felt. If you’ve never driven a vehicle with a CVT, it feels foreign at first. Initially, it bothered me a little bit, as I kept waiting for the transmission to shift. It’s hard to explain this phenomenon. Now, a year later, I don’t even notice or worry.
Although the car feels very roomy, it’s actually quite compact. This is addicting. The Outlander Sport can be parked in any space, and the turning radius is outstanding. I maneuver around with ease, no matter where I’m heading.
As an aside: for these photos, I headed into the country. The scenery in the background of these photos happens to be an area that was burned in the Campfire. PG&E settled their lawsuit with survivors of that fire on the same day this trip was taken. It’s been a little over a year-and-a-half, and you can see for yourself that the area is on the road to recovery. The area depicted is one of my favorite parts of California, and it is still shocking to see how it looks now compared to how it looked in the past.
For those who are nerds like me, and want to know the details of how photo and video content was produced for this article, I’ll share this: these photos, and the video at the top of this page, were all shot with an iPhone 11 Pro. They are posted here without any edits whatsoever.
Let’s Discuss How the 2020 Outlander Sport Compares to the Competition
When compared to the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport, the Outlander Sport has a base MSRP that is $2,495 less and comes with a MUCH better warranty.
When compared to the 2020 Kia Sportage LX, the Outlander Sport is $1,395 less. The two vehicles have very similar warranties and are similar in most other comparisons as well.
When compared to the Toyota RAV4, Outlander Sport has a base price that is $3,355 less than Toyota’s base price. While Toyota’s powertrain warranty is for 5 years and 60,000 miles, Mitsubishi puts a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty on the Outlander Sport. The Outlander Sport also comes standard with automatic climate control, as well as heated exterior side mirrors. The former is not available at all on the RAV4, and the latter is an option.
Here in the USA, the Mitsubishi is still not nearly as popular as other “Japanese” vehicles. After owning one for over a year, I am baffled as to why that is the case. This vehicle is very well known for being incredibly reliable. The Outlander Sport is still built in Japan. It’s a well-made vehicle.
Please scroll through the rest of the photos. Below, you’ll also find a gallery of interior photos, and the window sticker from the vehicle featured here.