Remember when Mitsubishi was known for quick little roadsters? You can still find those speed machines, but the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC ventures into a decidedly different direction.
This family-oriented SUV emphasizes passenger room with three rows of seats and room for seven– safety– and value, coming in at around $23,000, even with features such as automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker, 140-watt audio system on the base low-end model. Best of all, it delivers great value, especially for those on a budget.
At first glance, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC doesn’t exactly stand out, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, it’s a compact crossover SUV in a crowded field of competitors. Overall, it maintains an elegant, welcoming profile, but remember where you parked it. Otherwise, you might end up beeping your keys at completely random vehicles.
On the inside, you immediately see where the cost savings comes from. The instrument panel, layout, and trims are basic but functional, yet still very nice. Then again, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport makes no claims on luxury, and that’s not why buyers seek it out.
However, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport stakes a big claim on its three rows of seats. A note about that third row: It’s probably only good for kids, and even ‘tweens might feel the squeeze, but it’ll do when a few children unexpectedly miss their ride from school or the ballgame.
When you don’t need the passenger space, folding down the third row allows you a nice, flat, and lengthy space for your extra cargo. Meanwhile, passengers sitting in the first and second rows will enjoy a comfortable ride, with good headroom and legroom.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE probably offers the best bang for the buck in terms of features, but even the low-end ES starts with heated side mirrors, steering-wheel audio controls, rear-seat heated ducts, automatic climate control, a multi-information display, remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, and a six-speaker, 140-watt sound system.
On the SE, you get heated front seats, FAST-Key passive entry, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, a touch-screen audio system with rearview camera, FUSE HandsFreeLink, HD Radio, a USB port, and the S-AWC 4WD system.
The Premium Package adds leather upholstery, power sunroof, satellite radio, power driver’s seat, power tailgate, and woodgrain finish, while the Touring Package piles on navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning. Further up the food chain, the top-end GT edition includes a V6 engine, but it doesn’t really make sense in a vehicle more known for its value than its performance.
Speaking of performance, the Outlander is fast and nimble, and its handling is similar to that of its rivals: the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4. But don’t expect the old-school Outlander ruggedness. Remember, this is primarily a family vehicle, intended for errands, commuting, and trips around town. By the way, you can expect around 25/31 mpg city/highway, which is impressive for a 7-passenger vehicle.
As you’d expect from a family vehicle, the Outlander excels at passenger protection. It comes with seven airbags, including a new driver’s knee airbag, and the side-curtain airbags even have rollover sensors.
Depending on which package you choose, you can get several active safety features, including Forward Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning. In addition, the national and federal testing authorities give the Outlander top scores in every category.
Yesterday’s Mitsubishi Outlander may not recognize today’s Mitsubishi Outlander, but families will immediately see the value of this 7-passenger hauler. It’s safe and solid, and it offers a comfortable ride.
Best of all, it comes in around the mid-$20,000 mark, with good mileage numbers to boot. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is all about bang for the buck, and it delivers in spades.
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Written by Jane Emery