Compare the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs the Competition in Kingsport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Takes the Fight to its Competitors in Kingsport, TN

If you're like our Mitsubishi aficionados here in Kingsport and environs, you're probably always looking for horizons over which to head for adventure. When it comes to plotting that course for the scenic vistas of Johnson City and Elizabethton or the "birthplace of country music," Bristol, you might not immediately think "compact crossover SUV." The winning combination of road-worthy design, off-road chops, and advanced features under the hood of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and in its cabin is here to contest. Against segment siblings like the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and subcompact Mazda CX-3, we're sure you'll see how a new Outlander Sport makes the grade.


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Value to excel is the order of the day in Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and it can be had at a price point much lower than its rivals, from your choice of energetic drivetrain to the amount of control you prefer in your gearbox

Opt for an Outlander Sport with the equally athletic, hands-on five-speed manual transmission, and you can expect a reasonable chunk of change around $20,295. Even a smooth-operating CVT-equipped base model only sees a modest investment increase to about $21,495. Plus, at approximately $22,995, the all-wheel drive-equipped Outlander Sport base, ES 2.0 AWC, is well within reach. That's not to mention the top of the line, Outlander Sport SEL 2.4 AWC, at a mere $25,895 or so.

  • Honda HR-V might, at base, present with a lower $19,465, but choose one with all-wheel drive, and it's a touch more expensive than Outlander Sport, at $21,565. The Honda height hits $26,240 in the HR-V EX-L Navi with AWD.
  • Expect to find the base Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i around $22,600, well above Outlander Sport, with the top Subaru trim still around $24,000 to $25,00.
  • About $20,800 is where the Mazda CX-3 base sits, with its own top Grand Touring trim at almost $26,000, give or take the automaker's own all-wheel drive.

Power and Performance

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport laps Honda, Subaru, and Mazda on both counts, heading into victory lane with the charge and the pulling power to take your trip to the next level. A 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC inline-four engine puts out a spirited 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque, reaching 168 horses and 167 pound-feet in higher trim echelons.

  • You'll find a 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder in Honda HR-V, but it lags Outlander Sport, at 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet.
  • Subaru Crosstrek might have the same power numbers as Outlander Sport, but it has a lower-capacity 2.0-liter flat-four engine.
  • Mazda CX-3 -remains a touch likewise behind, with but a 2.0-liter inline-four offering 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of push throughout its trim line.


If you're planning to blaze a trail, whether you opt for a responsive manual or resourceful automatic, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport tows the line on fuel economy. Go auto, and you can get up to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, higher trims delivering a respectable 23 city mpg and 29 highway mpg. Manual-equipped models proffer up to 23 city mpg and 29 mpg, with not much change - 23 mpg and 28 mpg respectively - when you head to trims above the base.

  • Honda HR-V delivers 25-28 mpg in the city, with approximately 27 mpg in EX-L Navi, and 31-34 mpg on the highway, each depending upon drivetrain and transmission.
  • Subaru Crosstrek offers around 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with a manual transmission, and approximately 26 city mpg and 33 highway mpg if one goes automatic.
  • The Mazda CX-3 subcompact provides mileage up to 29 mpg for urban driving and up to 35 mpg down the open highway in front-wheel drive iterations. Values become 27 city mpg and 32 highway mpg if you opt for four-wheel drive.


What one could hope to find for peace of mind during the ride, one can expect to see in a new Outlander Sport here in Kingsport. Longevity's on display in the SUV's RISE body construction, and it works together with active stability control, traction control logic, and hill start assist in keeping the compact a sturdy traveler over diverse terrain.

Controlled halts are a matter of course thanks to anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and an advanced airbag system inclusive of a driver's knee airbag helps keep you safe driveway to highway and home again. Auto high beam control, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning come available in higher trims to help keep you apprised of your surroundings and out of harm's way.

  • A similar Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control system is standard in Honda HR-V, and with similar safety accouterments, but there are no upper-level security or driver-assist options for situational awareness except Honda LaneWatch.
  • The comparable Subaru EyeSight safety system presents in Subaru Crosstrek, incorporating adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and collision warning and mitigation.
  • Mazda CX-3 requires an extra investment in the automaker's i-Activsense safety package to get driver-assist elements like Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support, among others.

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