Quick! Name a mini crossover that is fun, cheap, sporty and reliable!?
Did you get any? My immediate answer to those criteria would be the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
This chuck-able little crossover is just about the coolest way to enter the stylish AWD SUV segment on a compact-car budget.
The tradeoffs are less than ever this year for the 2015 model, which adds miles-per-gallon stats to its roster via a new automatic transmission. The exterior is now offered in this shiny metallic blue paint, which goes well with the SE model's new LED daytime running lights in the lower corners.
Inside, there are new finishes to spruce up the dashboard as well as thicker front glass and better sound insulation to keep things calm inside at highway speeds. As ever, the huge Mitsubishi Rockford Fosgate audio upgrade brings a thumping subwoofer to really jam out with your blam out.
These are some bright LEDs! And they will ensure that the 2015 Outlander Sport stays top-of-mind for car buyers who want the view and usefulness of a four-wheel-drive SUV, but the city maneuverability and bulletproof reliability of a Japanese compact.
The new Outlander Sport is likely to be in stores this summertime -- July is our estimate for landing this cool and useful mini truck.
2015 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT - ES (without LEDs...)
2015 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT - SE (with LEDs...!)
Official details are below from Mitsubishi.
2015 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT AT-A-GLANCE
What's New for 2015
Next-generation continuously-variable transmission (equivalent to a 7-speed transmission)
Better response and performance from a standing start with upgraded CVT
Improved fuel economy at an estimated 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway/28 mpg combined (2WD models) and 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined (4WD models)*
New Carbon audio panel trim; thicker front door window glass & new rear quarter panel sound insulation material for less noise intrusion; next-generation Electric Power Steering (all models)
New high-gloss piano black with silver accent audio trim panel; stylish-looking LED running lights; relocated heated front seat switch for easier accessibility (SE model)
For the 2015 model year, Mitsubishi Motors' perennial best-seller – the eye-catching Outlander Sport 5-passenger compact crossover – receives some key aesthetic and engineering improvements to help maintain its reign as the company's #1-selling model.
The very capable MIVEC variable valve-timing-equipped 148 horsepower DOHC 2.0-liter-based 4-cylinder drivetrain also receives numerous design enhancements to further boost its performance.
What's more, rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick" the previous three model years, the Outlander Sport is also one of the safest compact crossover/SUV models.
Available in either 2WD or 4WD – Mitsubishi Motors' acclaimed driver-selectable, electronically-controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) four-wheel drive system – and with a solid-shifting 5-speed manual (ES 2WD model) or the sophisticated CVT transmission, every 2015 Outlander Sport model comes equipped with a plethora of important safety features and technologies: seven (7) air bags; Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA); Traction Control Logic (TCL); a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
An additional layer of occupant protection is afforded by Mitsubishi Motors' advanced Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) patented safety body construction system that absorbs energy to help provide protection to the vehicle's occupants.
Every 2015 Outlander Sport includes one of the best protection plans in the entire auto industry: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty; and 5-year/unlimited miles roadside assistance.
DOHC MIVEC 2.0-liter inline-4
148 @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
5-speed manual or Sportronic® continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Anti-Lock Brake System w/ Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) and Electric Power Steering (EPS)
18 x 7-in. aluminum alloy
225/55R18 all-season radials
25 mpg city/32 mpg highway* (ES and SE 2WD with CVT)
24 mpg city/30 mpg highway* (ES 2WD with 5-speed manual)
24 mpg city/30 mpg highway* (ES and SE with AWD)
Major Standard Features:
Air conditioning with pollen filter
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Chrome grille surround
18-in. alloy wheels
Soft-touch instrument panel trim
4 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
Roof carrier plug-in accommodation
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Active Stability Control (ASC)
Heated outside mirrors
Advanced front air bag SRS with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
60/40 split folding and reclining high-back rear seats with armrest and cup holder
Remote keyless entry with panic feature
Center room lamp
Rear intermittent wiper
High-contrast gauge meters with full-color LCD Multi-Information Display
FUSE Hands-Free Link System® w/USB port
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
Power door locks and side view mirrors
Power windows with driver's one-touch up/down
Steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise control
Two 12-volt power outlets
SE adds over ES:
Super-wide beam High-Intensity Discharge (S-HID) headlights,
6 speaker 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system
SIRIUSXM® satellite radio with 3-month pre-paid subscription
FAST-key passive entry system
One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch
Large center console with sliding armrest
Heated front seats
Auto on/off headlight control
Fog lights with LED running lights
Chrome exterior beltline molding
Automatic climate control
Exhaust outlet with chrome tip