January 13, 2012
Vehicle Preview: The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Improving the compact crossover utility vehicle.

Photo:  The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The "sport" in the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes from its ability to support an active lifestyle, both on- and off-road, for its owners. Adapted from the well-received and durable Mitsubishi Outlander, the Outlander Sport is a compact crossover that has received accolades since its 2011 model year introduction for its fuel efficiency, design, and utility combined in a stylish package.
 
Trim Levels
The five-passenger 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (MSRP starting at $18,795) offers three trim levels: ES 2WD (front-wheel drive), SE 2WD and SE AWC (All-Wheel Control). ES trims offer either a five-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT); SE trims are standard with the CVT. In ES trims, the five-speed features an upshift indicator light to help you maximize your fuel economy.
 
New for 2012
Acceleration response from the 2.0-liter, dual overhead cam four-cylinder engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) has been improved thanks to enhancements to the CVT. It delivers a more linear response for better acceleration from a standing start, better downshifting and a more responsive throttle to deliver a crisp and responsive driving experience. True driving enthusiasts embrace the Mitsubishi CVT for its responsive feel.
 
At the same time, engine noise has been reduced in all models equipped with the CVT with added insulation, improved dashboard pads, thicker sound insulation and a vibration-absorbing damper. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway fuel economy.
 
Athletic Appearance
The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has an athletic stance with an aggressive front fascia and a go-anywhere attitude inspired by the award-winning Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X sports sedan. The rear has its own style with distinctive LED combination taillights. Its overall athleticism helps the Outlander Sport achieve one of the lowest drag coefficients in the compact crossover class for reduced drag and less wind noise.
 
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is 14 inches shorter overall than its seven-passenger Outlander sibling, but both have the same 105.1-inch wheelbase. Interior cargo space doesn't suffer either as the Outlander Sport effortlessly handles a full-size bicycle without removing the wheel when the second row is folded.
 
ES trims come with 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and P215/70R16 all-season radial tires, and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels are also available. SE models are fitted with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and lower-profile, P225/55R18 all-season radial tires.
 
Interior Comfort
The interior content and comfort of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is what sets it apart from the competition in the compact crossover segment. In the ES, standard features include a 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with four speakers, keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shiftknob, steering wheel audio controls and sporty magnesium-alloy paddleshifters on CVT-equipped models.
 
The SE trim levels adds Super-wide Range High-intensity Discharge headlights, a one-touch start/stop engine switch, automatic climate control and the FAST-key passive entry system.
 
The interior of the SE is further enhanced with an available expansive panoramic glass roof. A fully automated sunshade opens with the push of a button and is enhanced by amber LED illumination when the shade is closed at night. To create more of a luxurious feel, its intensity can be brightened or dimmed to the passengers' content.
 
Safety Features
All 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models include Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Traction Control Logic, Active Stability Control with Hill-Start Assist and an advanced front airbag supplemental restraint system with passenger weight and driver’s seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and curtain side airbags with rollover sensors.
 
Compact Crossover Better than Ever
Add in a five-year/60,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and it comes as no surprise that the Outlander Sport has becomes so popular. Mitsubishi product engineers and designers have succeeded in creating a compact crossover that has an athletic stance, roomy interior and technology and trimmings typically found on much more expensive vehicles. Contact us today to schedule a test drive.

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