2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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Best crossover for the money and ROCKS in snow!!!

by from Boston MA on September 6, 2011

SO my wife and I were looking for a new crossover for her to drive and commute to work in, but also to take camping, shopping in, have adventures in, etc. So we were looking between several different...
SO my wife and I were looking for a new crossover for her to drive and commute to work in, but also to take camping, shopping in, have adventures in, etc. So we were looking between several different cars, but the Outlander Sport SE was our choice. -60K bumper to bumper warranty PLUS 100k powertrain warranty for no extra cost It has selectable 2wd to 4wd to 4wd lock. So you get amazing mpg, and even in 4wd you still get 29 MPG!!! It can hold bikes WITHOUT having to remove the tires. Just fold the seats down and you are set! We bought and drove home two new bikes from Target, simply by folding down the seat. Camping we can hold EVERYTHING in the cargo area, which has a hatch that is easy to open, and I can walk under without hitting my head as I am 6'1. Other bays I would hit my head. The car has the best styling of anything we looked at. Agressive EVO front grill style, and it has best in class aerodynamics which help it get 31 mpg on the freeway, for a crossover! and then the best part. The car has an optional glass roof which we got. IT IS AWESOME! 4 feet long glass roof with led lighting and retractable shade panels. Great for sun, night driving, going out in Boston to see the downtown buildings and lights, and even to watch snow coming down. MY wife works where there is snow (like lots of the country) and her colleagues have frequently had to call in or abandon their vehicle at the base of the ramp up to her work as they cannot get through the snow. This car makes it every time! We test drove it purposely in 5 inches of snow to test it against the Juke and Cr-V, and its 4wd beat both by far. The seats and comfortable with some side boltsering to hold you in place, but not make you feel trapped, and the HID headlights also have a new side vent whihci helps eluminate the sides of streets, without blinding others in on coming traffic or next to you as the light is shinning down. Best light coverage of any LED. Take an evening test drive and you will see what I mean. Led brake lights look sharp as well, along with 18" wheels from the Ralliart really look sharp on the car. Overall we love this car, enough that we bought one and have encouraged all of of friends to as well.
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I love this thing? I don't even like SUV's

by from Stratham, NH on January 13, 2012

I'm not a fan of SUV's: overpriced to get a truck like ride, terrible gas mileage & most often driven with 1 driver and 0 passengers. But, with 4 'hers & mine' kids and thier friends, sports, and the ...
I'm not a fan of SUV's: overpriced to get a truck like ride, terrible gas mileage & most often driven with 1 driver and 0 passengers. But, with 4 'hers & mine' kids and thier friends, sports, and the annual camping trip, we've been driving a Toyota Sienna minivan. So, when a Mitsu dealer opened around the corner- I saw the Outlander Sport and both my partner & I loved the look! After a little research, we decided to drive it & liked it even more. It handles like a Lancer, not like a Ford F150. The combined 27MPG beats the Sienna's best (downhill, with the wind at your back & driving exactly 65mph- 26mpg). Roomy enough for some of our brood & there is enough leg room for both of our 6' footers & one of the younger ones to sit without fighting. Football gear, soccer gear & even all of the training gear for baseball fits in the trunk, not to mention that 2 sets of golfclubs will fit. So, what's not to like? Practical yes. Sexy even- if you get the interior package with the piano black accents & the aluminum golfball shifter. I really love the exterior package with the bigger rear spoiler & diffuser too. I'm not into the nav thing and the front & rear overhangs are so short- a rear backup camera seems unnecessary, but- to each his own! The only concern my partner has is the buzziness of the 2.0l MIVEC 4 cylinder engine at higher revs. (Apparently, she's not alone as additional sound deadening was added for 2012.) It must be mentioned: Horsepower & torque. We BOTH feel that there is enough and that the Sport is no slug off the line. There is a 'learning curve' to get used to the CVT's responsiveness (slow) as well as the long gas pedal travel. However, once adjusted- this feels pretty peppy. Overall, we agree that it's a great value, great looking, handles better than every other SUV/CUV available, gets great gas mileage & is roomy enough for most of our daily driving needs.
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Great little suv/wagon.

by from High desert, Southern California on June 18, 2011

I've had my Outlander sport ES with CVT for just over 2 months. I think it's a pretty nice little car/suv/wagon, whatever you want to call it. I really like the way it looks. The power seems more than...
I've had my Outlander sport ES with CVT for just over 2 months. I think it's a pretty nice little car/suv/wagon, whatever you want to call it. I really like the way it looks. The power seems more than adequate, it rides smooth and quiet, hardly any tire or wind noise, handles great, gets good mileage. At 1400 plus miles my MPG has ranged from 24.3 right after I took delivery to 27.4 on my last fill up in mixed driving, probably 35/65 City/Hwy. If you look at all the various road tests, the base model with the 5 speed gets very good 0-60 mph and 1/4 mile times, but most of the road tests are done with the loaded SE model with AWD which weighs more and isn't as fast. My 2WD ES with CVT is quite peppy especially in the manual mode using either the paddles or the shift lever. I've taken my car up to the mountains twice since I got it and the ability to shift it manually in the 6 power ranges of the CVT transmission made going up the hills and back down a lot of fun. In the reviews they keep comparing the Outlander Sport to the Kia Sportage which is slightly larger and heavier, I think a better comparison would be with the Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe which is very close in size and weight. When I purchased my Outlander Sport in early April I got a super deal, they took $1675 off the sticker price, they gave me over low book for my trade-in, an 06 Kia Sportage, and they financed the balance for 4 years at 0% interest rate. There's a lot of other nice features, the electronics, storage space, dash display, great warranty, etc. I,m very happy with the deal I got and the car.
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Best bang for your buck! Most standard options!

by from Hawaii on August 27, 2011

I have had this car for a week and right off the bat I'm impressed. You can't beat the warranty anywhere! For a minimal $2000 more from the ES to SE you get A LOT of standard options. Push button star...
I have had this car for a week and right off the bat I'm impressed. You can't beat the warranty anywhere! For a minimal $2000 more from the ES to SE you get A LOT of standard options. Push button start, 7 airbags, fog lights... etc i could go on. The paddle shifters give you a good boost on the freeway, and the CVT transmission shifts flawlessly. For a 4cyl engine it picks up just fine, if you need more jolt the paddle shifters help out. And with the rear seats down it gives just as much useable cargo space as expected from any crossover. 5 Stars baby!
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Great Car, station wagon, cross over....

by from Southern California on May 24, 2011

Lots of space for a small car!! We traded in a Saturn Outlook which we liked for the space, but had poor gas mileage and mechanical problems. The Outlander Sport FWD is very economical (we got 38 mpg...
Lots of space for a small car!! We traded in a Saturn Outlook which we liked for the space, but had poor gas mileage and mechanical problems. The Outlander Sport FWD is very economical (we got 38 mpg on a long trip)and around town. This is my wife's car and she loves to drive it and it handles well for its size. There is plenty of space for our two dogs and two kids. I wish they made a performance version of this vehicle like a GTS or Ralliart because I would purchase another one for myself!
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Excellent Crossover

by from Indianapolis, IN on January 9, 2012

I have had my 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD for about a month and love it. I don't understand all of the negative critical reviews – especially when they say it is the “worst car of the year.” ...
I have had my 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD for about a month and love it. I don't understand all of the negative critical reviews – especially when they say it is the “worst car of the year.” It drives excellent, looks good, and has a great warranty. Plus it has more standard features for less money. It could probably use a little more horsepower. However, I never feel like my car is overly slow or struggling to get moving. I can't wait to test out the 4WD out in the snow!
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE

by from Long Island, NY on July 25, 2012

After a long research process, using cars.com and others I figured it was time for me to pay it forward with a review. So, here goes The outlander sport SE, was purchased in May 2012, as a left over ...
After a long research process, using cars.com and others I figured it was time for me to pay it forward with a review. So, here goes The outlander sport SE, was purchased in May 2012, as a left over after Mitsubishi was giving $2000 rebate. The SE is the way to go, all-wheel drive, push button start, 18" wheels and rims, heated seats, paddle shifters(dont really find the use for 'em) rain sensing wipers, fog lights. My research went into finding a transport that provided me a small SUV, with 4x4 capability and 25+ MPG. After researching fuelly, and other sites, went to see one. The reviews are right, that the pick-up is slow, with the 2.0 engine, I note that when using the A/C is more sluggish, the CVT transmission is a bit loud at first, but soon its unnoticeable. The ride is smooth, and steering responsive, cornering is stout, and holds well. Really have no problem with the sluggishness as i ride the parkway 27 miles to work in the morning, and bumper to bumper home. No race contests, its quick enough for needs, and moves with the pack. Some pros report that the braking is a concern, none that I have noticed. The fit and finish is excellent, i really like the look-both in and out. The interior fabric is sturdy and dash elements pleasant and easy to clean. Mine is metallic white, a real looker in the sun. All seems very well planned and comfortable. My MPG since for the first 2800 miles is 26.5, the high 27.4, the low 24.3. So this is exactly what i was looking for. Some dislikes...the seats could be a bit longer, as it seems a bit short, and the seat foam is very dense and after an hour and a half in traffic could seem very hard. Wish it had power seats. My other dislike is with Mitsubishi, dealer is not open on Saturdays, unheard of, and never thought to check before purchase. I have purchased another new car recently and the dealer, and manufacturer continues to contact me regarding my purchase. The dealer gives no loaners, and no free years of service like others. But this has nothing to do with the product, the right now i am very happy with. Will check in again after the winter. With all the new SUVs this car is a bargain, when prices could reach 30k, 5 years 60k, 10 yrs powertrain. I am happy to recommend it and glad i made the purchase!
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Nice SUV for the money

by from on August 6, 2012

Like most people on here, when you are spending big bucks for a new car, you are gonna do your research. Since I bought my Sport in 2011, the first year out, there weren't alot of reviews to read. I t...
Like most people on here, when you are spending big bucks for a new car, you are gonna do your research. Since I bought my Sport in 2011, the first year out, there weren't alot of reviews to read. I test drove some others in my price range and I was mostly concerned about warranty and gas mileage since I drive far to work everyday. I traded in a Honda Civic (worst car I ever owned) and got my AWD Sport. The other one I was considering was a Kia or Hyundai since I wanted the long warranties. Well, it turns out neither maker was dealing and I got a great price and interest rate on my Sport. I now have about 20,000 miles on it for the first year and I actually hit 31.8 mpg on the highway the other day even with the air going. That's close to what I was getting in my Civic! I feel safer in this vehicle especially in the winter. I have had no issues with rattling or anything else. I do have to agree with the engine being a bit loud at first getting on the highway but like someone else said after a while you don't even notice it. For the money this vehicle and all its included features is a winner.
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Not bad for what it is.

by from Oconomowoc WI on June 26, 2015

I owned this car for 4 years and have no real complaints. It carried 5 people in comfort when it needed to. We took it on weekend trips and it carried us and our stuff with ease (although longer trips...
I owned this car for 4 years and have no real complaints. It carried 5 people in comfort when it needed to. We took it on weekend trips and it carried us and our stuff with ease (although longer trips will require more room). I have driven it in downpours with no worries about traction and have also driven it in 10+ inches of snow several times. The little Mitsu did very well in the snow and I only have one compaint. The snow builds up in the wheel wells like no ones business and required me to clean them out when I got home. If I didn't the suspention would be frozen until I would hit a few bumps. Some complain about the lack of power but I didn't buy it to race. Learn to use the paddle shift when needed and you will be fine. Want to pass? Drop 2 "gears" and you are off. Is it Ferrari type power? No. But it is enough to get you past that person keeping you from where you want to go. I did have the misfortune to hit a deer with mine at 25 mph. The front plastic was broken along with the drivers headlight assembly. But the Mitsu help up just fine. I was unhurt and the airbags didn't even deploy. That was a good thing as it wasn't needed and I didn't have to pay to get new airbags installed. I guess that the impact was not enough and/or in the right spot to activate the airbags. I do a lot of waterfowl hunting and the Mitsu really did well in the slop that are farm fields after harvest. I never got stuck and traction control keeps you from beaching yourself. The only reason I got rid of it was that my daughter will be hunting with me now and the limited space is now an issue. For everday use I can't fault the little guy and would have liked to have kept it but I just needed more space for hunting gear, waders, and 3 dz decoys. If you don't need a ton of room then this will work for you.
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PERFECT CAR

by from PALATINE,IL on December 28, 2011

GOOD GAS MILEAGE. LOT OF FEATURES FOR PRICE--AWD,RAIN SENSER,TIRE SENSER,AND SAFE AUTO. MY WIFE BOUGHT IT APRIL AND I BOUGHT A DIFFERENT COLOR ONE.
GOOD GAS MILEAGE. LOT OF FEATURES FOR PRICE--AWD,RAIN SENSER,TIRE SENSER,AND SAFE AUTO. MY WIFE BOUGHT IT APRIL AND I BOUGHT A DIFFERENT COLOR ONE.
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