The arrival of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to our house was met with mixed opinions before we even climbed into the leather seats. I’ve never driven any Mitsubishi, Doug is a die-hard Toyota fan, and the kids were excited. They’re kids with a new car so honestly, this did not come as a surprise to me. But, I do miss my old SUV so the looks and capabilities of the Mitsubishi compact SUV seemed promising.
First Impressions Of The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Before I test drive a car, I’m very careful not to read any reviews. I like to go approach it with a fresh eye and since I’ve never driven a single Mitsubishi in my life, this was easy to do. I love the look and the styling, I love the SUV feel but with a smaller footprint, and the way that it handled the bumpy, country roads where we live was impressive.
Though not exclusive to the Mitsubishi line of automobiles, I’m not a fan of the single-speed transmission (or CVT – Continuously Variable Transmission). If you’ve never driven a car with CVT, it’s annoying and the shifting feels unexpected. Many people like that it is more fuel efficient; car manufacturers like that it is more cost efficient. I just find that it creates a more ‘stuttered’ shift into each gear.
Interior Of The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The seats seem very supportive – I noticed that my back didn’t hurt as much after a long drive as it does in my 2010 Toyota Camry. The leather seats, along with the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob makes it feel like a high-end luxury car. Available is an amazing sounding Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker sound system, complete with a subwoofer in the back.
Yep, impress your kids, annoy the neighbors because YOU, my friend, have a subwoofer in your trunk.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features their FUSE hands-free system with Bluetooth, a USB port and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and other available features include a 7-inch touch screen with navigation, a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, push-button start, a panoramic moonroof and automatic climate control.
The Exterior Of The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
There are a few different trim packages you can choose with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, but it comes down to an overall look of a small SUV that is definitely not car but doesn’t go near the minivan look. This means it’s roomy enough for mom to haul the kids around and dad not to look like a complete family-sellout when driving. I’m kidding. But seriously, dads, don’t worry – you’ll still look cool. Moms, you’ll look sporty. Everyone wins.
The kids loved that it was low to the ground so my toddler had no problems climbing in and out of the car by herself. At an age when she’s very independent and refuses help on most things, this was an awesome feature for me! She loved the panoramic sunroom – as did everyone else in the family!
Final Thoughts On The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
It’s a compact SUV. There’s not much more I can tell you. Having never driven a Mitsubishi, I can’t compare it to previous years or other models, but it wasn’t something that wowed me on either the exterior or interior. It had nice features, but nothing to extraordinary. It had some nice technology, but nothing groundbreaking. It had a nice drive, though again the CVT wasn’t my favorite and we did hear some suspension noise from the front even though the car was under 8,000 miles.
However, with a starting price of under $20,000, this is a good family car, a safe first-time driver’s car, and competitively priced against other compact SUVs.