Test Drive 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Thornton CO

Vehicle Overview

For most of its existence, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Sport has been known as the race-inspired version of the larger Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossover SUV. For 2018 model year-its eighth in the United States-the GT, which is regarded as the nameplate's top-level trim, has been discontinued. There now remains three trims: ES, SE, and SEL.


Standard exterior features on the SUV include halogen headlights, LED rear combination taillights, power heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, and a roof spoiler. The SE and SEL get fog lights installed below the headlights to provide penetrating illumination and LED daytime running lights are integrated into the headlights to increase visibility to pedestrians and other motorists. On the SEL, the halogen headlights are replaced by High-Intensity Discharge ones, and they come with the ability to automatically switch on or off depending on the amount of outdoor light. Also, the SEL is the only trim with black roof rails for added cargo-carrying capacity and power folding ability on the side mirrors. Put on all trims are four 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels.


With its two rows of seats, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport seats up to five people, with a passenger volume of 97.5 cubic feet. Standard cargo space is measured at 21.7 cubic feet. However, you can fold down the rear seat for expand it to 49.5 cubic feet. Front seating consists of a 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat. You can upgrade to the SE to get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and front-seat heating capability. The SEL gets additional leather seat trim and 8-way power adjustability on the driver's seat. Standard comfort and convenience features on the vehicle include automatic climate control, HD Radio®, cruise control, a color multi-information display, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a 7-inch infotainment display, a USB port for connecting mobile devices, and a four-speaker AM/FM audio system. Starting from the SE, the SUV also has push-button engine start, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for smartphone-based control (new for this model year), a three-month complimentary subscription to SiriusXM® satellite radio, and two USB ports (instead of one). Exclusive to the SEL are auto-dimming ability on the rearview mirror to curb the disruption of headlights behind you, the HomeLink® universal transceiver for remote-controlling garage doors, and aluminum brake and accelerator pedals.

Test Drive 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Thornton CO

Mechanical / Powertrain

The ES trim of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport uses the 2.0-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder (I4) engine, which produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. It is glued to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The upper-level trims get the 2.4-liter I4, which produces 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque and is glued to a continuously variable transmission referred to as the CVT Sportronic® On each trim, you can choose between a front-wheel drivetrain and an all-wheel drivetrain for reducing the likeliness of wheel slippage on road surfaces compromised by rain, snow, or ice. For absorbing road turbulence from less-than-smooth surfaces, the SUV has a stabilizer bar-fortified MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. The electric power steering on the vehicle produces a turning circle diameter of 34.8 feet.



For restraint and cushioning in the event of a collision, the new SUV has a driver's knee airbag, a pair of front impact airbags, a pair of front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and a pair of roof-mounted side curtain airbags flanking both rows of seats. Also standard are electronic vehicle stability control to keep you on the intended driving path, a rearview camera for knowing what's and who's behind you when in reverse, an anti-lock braking system for preventing wheel lockup, electronic brake-force distribution for proper allocation of stopping force, brake assist for additional stopping power when necessary, traction control for maximizing tire grip with the road, hill start assist for safe driving up a steep slope, and a security system that incorporates remote keyless entry, engine immobilization, and a panic alarm. On the SEL and GT, Mitsubishi adds blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. Exclusive to the GT is a multi-view camera (in place of the rearview camera).


Fired up about a test drive of the 2018 edition of this nameplate? Come pay us a visit to Thornton Mitsubishi in Thornton Colorado today. With a robust inventory of vehicles, Thornton Mitsubishi in Thornton Colorado is the ideal place to visit for your next vehicle purchase. Give us a call at Thornton Mitsubishi today to set up an appointment and test drive the new SUV in Thornton Colorado. In addition, one of our experienced and well-trained sales specialists will be able to assist you after the test drive in picking the right vehicle for you.

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