2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
When it comes to Mitsubishi Motors, the automaker has slowly upgraded its vehicles, and for good reason. With all the tech coming to the auto industry, it’s better to wait it out and find what works. That’s why the Outlander Sport comes completely loaded with the standard tech one could expect from a crossover in 2021.
2.4L MIVEC DOHC
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Smartphone Link Display
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In 2021, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with technically four trims. The difference between them is mostly the drivetrain. Making up the lineup is the ES with two-wheel drive (2WD), ES with All-wheel Control (AWC), LE 2WD, LE AWC, SE 2WD, SE AWC, and GT AWC trim. Under the hood of all of those but the GT is a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine. MIVEC is Mitsubishi Motors own brand of variable valve timing (VVT) technology used to optimize the engine’s performance and fuel efficiency. Able to generate 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, it’s only usurped by the engine on the GT. Powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC engine, consumers get a little more with 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque and AWC standard.
Driving and Handling
There is no better transmission on a Mitsubishi vehicle than the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), so of course every trim comes with the CVT standard. The only difference is the fuel economy of each, depending on the drivetrain. For consumers who get a vehicle with 2WD, the fuel economy comes in at 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway. Vehicles with an AWC drivetrain have an EPA of 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg – the GT gets 28 mpg on the highway. All-in-all, it’s the same numbers across the board.
If Mitsubishi Motors knows anything, it’s how to attract a consumer. The 2021 Outlander Sport comes with many bells and whistles inside and out, starting with automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, heated exterior mirrors, front rain-sensing wipers, and rear privacy glass across the lineup. With every vehicle riding on all-season tires, the only difference is a lack of power-folding mirrors on the ES and LE trims, and whether a consumer gets two-tone alloy wheels or black painted ones.
Also spicing things up in the cabin, the 2021 Outlander Sport spoils consumers a bit with many standard features across the lineup. These include a 6-way adjustable driver seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, automatic climate control, soft touch materials across the dashboard and instrument panel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 60/40 split-bench folding rear seat, rear-heater floor ducts, and remote keyless entry. If looking for extra goodies, consumers will find them on the LE trims, SE trims, and the GT trim. These come with heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Separating themselves from the rest, the LE comes with red-stitching throughout the steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake lever. The GT trim has a leather-wrapped parking lever.
There are small differences in technology across the lineup, which makes it easier for a consumer to get exactly what they want. Every trim comes with HD radio, Bluetooth wireless tech, steering wheel audio and phone controls, and a rearview camera. If looking for the new 8-inch smartphone-link display audio (SDA) system and Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, consumers will find that on the LE trims, SE trims, and the GT trim. The ES trim comes with a 7-inch display screen for the radio and a 4-speaker system. A 6-speaker system can be found on all of the other trims, along with steering wheel voice recognition technology. FAST-key entry and push-button start can be found on the SE trims and the GT trim.
Safety Features and Warranty
All Mitsubishi Motors vehicles come with advanced and basic safety features, with advanced dual-stage front airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, side curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, stability and traction control systems, and LATCH child seat system, an anti-theft engine immobilizer, and RISE body construction standard across the lineup. Going a little more advanced, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, an anti-lock braking system, and lane departure warning can be found on all trims. Blind sport warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert has also been added to the SE trims and GT trim.
All Mitsubishi Motors vehicles come with a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-miles, 7-year/100,000 miles anti-corrosion protection, and a roadside assistance plan for 5 years with unlimited miles.