Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Local Jobs |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling
Rocklin & Roseville Today Local Events
HOME

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Offers Solid Value



2014-Mitsubishi-Outlander.jpg

Although the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander went through a much-needed redesign this year, note that the Sport model only made minor changes.

Among the notable additions were a new audio system, a steering wheel that now includes stereo controls, and models that utilize the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) can expect quieter and smoother performance

When shopping for an Outlander, note that there's quite a major difference between the "standard" Outlander and the Outlander Sport.

The Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover sport utility vehicle. The Outlander Sport is not nearly as family-friendly. It only seats five people and is a compact crossover SUV.

When compared to a long list of compact SUV competitors, the Outlander offers some definite value. Offered in three trims (base, ES, SE), the Outlander Sport starts at an affordable $19,470, while the high-end Sport is priced at $23,995.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

  • Performance: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 148 horsepower
  • Mileage estimate: 24-31 mpg
  • Price: $19,470 to $23,995
  • Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles; drivetrain 10 years/100,000 miles; roadside assistance 5 years, unlimited; corrosion 7 years/100,00

What critics of the Sport will say is the Outlander falls short of the two industry standards for the class - the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. Bu the truth is that most competitors fall short when stacked up against the CR-V and RAV-4. The compact SUV class also features some other strong rivals like the Kia Sportage, Ford Escape, Volkswagen Tiguan, Subaru Forester, and several others.

The Sport's major attributes - affordable pricing and excellent fuel economy (24-31 mpg) - mostly involve the pocketbook. However, sticker price and gas mileage aren't the vehicle's only selling points. Performance is an area where the Outlander Sport offers some surprising results.

One might suspect that the Outlander can be challenged when driving in mountainous locations, because it's seemingly an underpowered SUV - a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. But the Outlander Sport never seemed to labor too hard in providing sufficient power during a short trip to Lake Tahoe.

There's nothing too flashy regarding the Outlander's interior. Yet it has all the basic controls, offering them in a well conceived cockpit that's easy to master and conveniently located.

Both leg and head room is plentiful for 6-footers in the front cabin, which also features supportive seating. It's fairly roomy in a backseat that will accommodate three adults. The cargo area is also spacious, allowing for a fair amount of baggage for a road trip or some weekend chores.

The Outlander Sport has some admirable qualities, especially for an SUV that starts below the $20,000 range. It will serve as a solid commuter vehicle thanks to its gas mileage, and can be trusted to deliver in the winter months with its reliable all-wheel drive.





Weidel on Wheels author Jeffrey Weidel is an award-winning writer from the Sacramento region who has reviewed automobiles for more than two decades. He can be reached at skiweidel@gmail.com
Follow him on Twitter at @jeffweidel.



Placer County News Headlines

Transportation Sales Tax Closer to Ballot MeasureThe Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) Board of Directors, acting as the Placer County Local Transportation Authority, unanimously adopted the Keep Placer Moving Transportation Investment Plan

Beach House Restaurant in Pacific Grove Hits All the Sweet SpotsPacific Grove, CA- Gazing upon the ebb and flow of the cool, clear Pacific waters as they lap against the shore of Monterey Bay as the sun gently descends toward the horizon is a damn fine way

Placer County Grand Jury Report Critical of Local Government Operations This year's Placer County Grand Jury Final Report contains some individual reports which are critical of local government operations

Placer County Fair in Roseville 2016ROSEVILLE, CA. Just in time to head off the summer vacation blues, the Placer County Fair, June 23-36, comes to life with fabulous fair food, swirling carnival rides, farm animals

Summer of Free Museums in Placer CountyMuseums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select days all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its ninth year

Python Snake on the Loose in Rocklin LocatedRocklin, CA- The Rocklin Police Department was informed the snake that escaped from its owner was located.

Rocklin Police Investigating Suspicious CircumstanceRocklin, CA- On Monday, June 20, 2016, Rocklin Police responded to a report of a suspicious person inside a gated community near Hillcrest Drive.

Lexus RX 350: Revised and Not Just for WomenRoseville, CA- Although enamored with this Lexus model in previous years, the thinking here was the Lexus RX was a luxury, midsize crossover sport utility vehicle

Placer County to Limit Medical Marijuana CultivationCommercial medical marijuana cultivation and sale will not be allowed in unincorporated Placer County, after the board of supervisors voted 3-2

California Fires Update Summary (6.22.16)Over 5,000 firefighters are battling 4 large wildfires in California, while firefighters around the rest of the state battled dozens of new fires

Roseville Gas Prices Holding SteadyRoseville, CA- Roseville gas prices have been holding relatively steady this past week. As usual, Costco, Sam's Club and ARCO dominate the low price leaderboard

Students Impacted by Walsh Family ScholarshipsRocklin, CA - Sierra College students who received the John G. and Lillian M. Walsh Family Scholarship say that it encouraged them to come to Sierra College


NEWS: In Case You Missed It