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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE SUV

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review

(0 Stars)  A Lancer Sportback on stilts.

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Overview
We know it's easy to do, but don't confuse the Mitsubishi Outlander with the Outlander Sport. Although the two vehicles share names, platforms, and styling cues, their personalities are markedly different. While the Outlander has evolved into a larger, family-oriented vehicle, the Sport is a svelte crossover targeted at buyers who want an affordable and frugal sport-utility vehicle. If the Outlander Sport looks like a Lancer Sportback on stilts, that's because it essentially is. The compact crossover shares its basic underpinnings, powertrain, and a number of components--including the instrument panel, for instance--with Mitsubishi's entry-level sedan. All Outlander Sports crib the 2.0-liter, 148-hp four-cylinder engine from the Lancer DE and ES models. A five-speed manual transmission is available on ES models, although a CVT is available and is standard on the higher-grade SE trim. Not only does the CVT improve fuel economy (25/31 mpg city/highway), but it's also available with an optional all-wheel-drive system. The Outlander Sport's Lancer roots bless it with great steering and decent handling, but it doesn't exactly live up to its name. Although the four-cylinder engine sips fuel, it feels markedly underpowered. The five-speed manual livens things up a bit, but acceleration in CVT models--especially those coupled with all-wheel drive--is adequate at best. If you can't live with a Lancer hatchback and can forgo the power offered by several competitors, the Outlander Sport may be a perfect fit.

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2012 Outlander Sport SE Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L MIVEC in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 23 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 25 MPG combined and 395 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 148 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 145 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'12 Mitsubishi SE SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Knee Air Bag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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