For 2018, the Outlander Sport returns with several revised styling elements as well as upgrades to the interior. A new front grill is standard across the range, while SE and SEL models get LED running lights. Inside, a new center console design adds some USB ports, while a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mechanical changes include an updated gearbox on the 2.4L SE and SEL.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is offered FWD with four trims: the ES, SE, SEL and LE. While the AWC model comes in ES, SE, SEL, GT and LE trims. The standard engine in ES and LE trims is a 148-horsepower, 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine. A 168-horsepower, 2.4L 4-cylinder is standard on the SE, SEL and GT. On 2-wheel drive ES models, a 5-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The CVT is standard on all other Outlander Sports.
All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, and the system, which is geared toward improved traction on slippery roads, includes a separate 2WD mode for improved fuel efficiency.
The Outlander Sport is laid out more as a tall car than as a traditional utility vehicle, and with responsive, quick-ratio electric power steering, it drives more like a sporty hatchback on the road. It maneuvers well and parks easily in the city, and CVT models offer steering wheel paddle shifters that lets the driver toggle between six simulated gears.
Inside, the Outlander Sport has space for five. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward, while backseat occupants get a fold-down padded armrest. There's also a trunk pass-through for skis and longer items.
All Outlander Sport models include Mitsubishi's FUSE connectivity system for hands-free cellphone use, as well as a USB port for cellphone or iPod control, plus steering wheel audio controls. The standard sound system has 140 watts and four speakers. Other standard features on the ES include rear LED tail lamps, a trip computer, air conditioning and rear heat ducts. SE models add a 6-speaker system, automatic climate control, HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, and push-button engine start. The GT trim includes chrome exterior accents, integrated turn signals in the mirrors, a power driver's seat, roof rails and aluminum pedals.
Top options on the Outlander Sport include a navigation system with real time traffic data plus music server storage, a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, SiriusXM satellite radio and a panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED lighting.
On the safety front, all models include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, active front headrests and a driver knee bag in addition to a full set of frontal and side airbags.