All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels, and the system, which is geared toward improved traction on slippery roads, includes a separate 2WD mode for improved fuel efficiency.
The Outlander Sport is laid out more as a tall car than as a traditional utility vehicle, and with responsive, quick-ratio electric power steering, it drives more like a sporty hatchback on the road. It maneuvers well and parks easily in the city.
Inside, the Outlander Sport has space for five. Rear seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward, while backseat occupants get a fold-down padded armrest. There's also a trunk pass-through for skis and longer items.
All Outlander Sport models include Mitsubishi's FUSE connectivity system for hands-free cellphone use, as well as a USB port for cellphone or iPod control, plus steering wheel audio controls and a rearview camera. The standard sound system has 140 watts and four speakers. Other standard features on the ES include rear LED tail lamps, a trip computer, air conditioning and rear heat ducts. SE models add LED headlights and daytime running lights, a 6-speaker system, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-inch touchscreen display and push-button engine start.
On the safety front, all models include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, active front headrests and a driver knee bag in addition to a full set of frontal and side airbags. A lane departure warning system, forward collision mitigation and pedestrian detection are all standard features as well.