CAR REVIEW – 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

I was provided with a week long test drive of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE featured in this post, courtesy of DriveShop. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own.

We have had some really nutty weather lately. In the space of a week (three days actually) we’ve had weather ranging from 28 degrees and snowy to 70 degrees and humid. It’s exactly the type of weather that I love to drive an suv in. I’d like to share my experience with the vehicle I was driving during that week of nutty weather, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander LE

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is a compact crossover vehicle. The model that I drove had a 2.0-liter 148 horsepower engine. As far as fuel economy goes, I did a lot of relatively local driving, including a good number of errands. The fuel usage did not disappoint, one whole tank lasted me 10 days. The EPA rates the Outlander Sport LE with the following fuel economy for city/highway: 23/29 mpg (manual), 24/30 mpg (automatic, FWD), 23/29 mpg (automatic, AWD).

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

The exterior of the Outlander Sport LE has a sporty look. While the interior is strong and simple, I did find the cabin to be a touch noisy at higher speeds.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

The Outlander Sport drove with the feel of a car, but sat a bit higher up. The vehicle performed well in local traffic. On highways I did find that there was a delay in getting up to speed, and the smoothness of the ride deteriorated a bit at higher speeds.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

The Outlander Sport is described as being able to seat five – two in the front and three in the back. The front seat had plenty of room for me, and I am both tall and heavy. The seating in the back was tight. It’s fine for young or small children but is definitely cramped for adults or larger folks. My husband is 5’5″ and his knees were up against the passenger’s front seat.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

The Outlander Sport’s rear storage space was roomy enough to accomodate a full days worth of shopping and errands with the seats up. The 60/40 split rear seat can also be lowered to accommodate a larger quantity of items or items bigger in size.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander LE

Technology in the Outlander Sport LE was easy to use. The 3.5″ touchscreen display was user-friendly. It took only a minute to connect my cell phone to the system, which has Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Compatibility. The back-up camera was very clear.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE

My favorite safety feature in the Outlander Sport were the Super-Wide High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlights. These headlights are very wide and bright and made it simple to drive between dawn and dusk on roads with differing weather and traffic patterns. Other available safety features are a Forward Collision Mitigation System, which helps prevent or reduce the severity of frontal collisions by warning you of a vehicle or person at an unsafe distance ahead and then applying the brakes as necessary, and available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, which uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the vehicle, audibly and visually alerting the driver if it detects the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally.The vehicle also has Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic
Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Traction Logic Control, Active Stability Control and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Outlander Sport has a driver’s kneee airbag, advanced dual-stage SRS front airbags, side curtain airbags, and three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seating positions.

Mom Knows It All CAR REVIEW - 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander LE

The Mitsubishi Outlander sport LE comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Vehicle Limited Warranty, a 7-year/100,000-mile Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Limited Warranty and 5-year/Unlimited Miles Roadside Assistance.

The Outlander Sport is available in 4 different packages:

  • Outlander Sport ES packs the essentials, like the 7” touchscreen display audio system, rearview camera and more, into its stylish, redesigned exterior.
  • Outlander Sport Limited Edition includes exclusive badging, smartphone compatibility, sleek black alloy wheels and more.
  • Outlander Sport SE delivers an upgrade in comfort and style with the 7” Smartphone Link Display Audio system and striking LED running lights.
  • Outlander Sport SEL impresses with HID headlights and the available Touring Package with advanced safety features and a stunning panoramic glass roof.

The Sport LE package that I drove features


  • 18-inch black painted alloy wheels
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Red stitched steering wheel, shift knob, knee padding and parking brake handle
  • Fog lights
  • Dark alloy fuel door

With an MSRP of just under $24,000, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE is less expensive than its direct competitors such as Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson.


Would the Outlander Sport be a fit for you or someone you know?


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Reesa May 28, 2018 - 6:37 pm

This was a favorite ride of mine that we test drove. Glad to see the lack of snow in your later pics.

Bonnie G May 28, 2018 - 8:23 pm

This is a nice looking vehicle. I wouldn’t mind riding around in one of those. Nice features.

Tasheena May 28, 2018 - 9:19 pm

This is a pretty amazing car. Love all of the features! Plus it’s my favorite car color.

Joely Smith May 29, 2018 - 1:28 am

Very nice looking car! Loving the dash and all the space in the back! Looks like it would be fun and able to handle just about any terrain! Love the style of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport too!

Annemarie LeBlanc May 29, 2018 - 2:06 am

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE definitely suits my personality! I love crossovers and SUVs. Oh and trucks too! If we are going to get another vehicle this year, I will go for the Outlander! Love all the features and the fuel efficiency!

Dogvills May 29, 2018 - 2:07 am

It sure looks like a handsome looking car. I have never owned a crossover vehicle before but I sure would love to. If we are in the market for a new car, I’d suggest this to my husband. It would be a nice vehicle to take on road trips!

Angela Ricardo May 29, 2018 - 2:32 am

What a nice looking ride that is! We’re into SUV’s and crossovers so this would make a great fit for our growing family. I love the rugged look that would totally outdo the force of nature tii.

Vanessa Palma May 29, 2018 - 6:54 am

I hadn’t really looked at compact crossover models being an SUV person my whole life. I’ll have to really look at this, because this Mitsubishi Outlander Sport LE looks perfect. Not too big but still has everything I love about SUVs. And that price point is great.

Heather May 29, 2018 - 10:56 am

We are going to be looking for a new car within the next couple of months. This one has a lot of what we need.

Bethel Esmillarin May 29, 2018 - 12:26 pm

This is a detailed article with helpful images. Everything i would want to ask in a car 🙂

Donna Ward May 29, 2018 - 10:07 pm

We’ve never had a mitsubishi – always have heard it’s a good vehicle to have – And it looks and sounds good in your great post!

Heather May 29, 2018 - 11:05 pm

This looks like a great family vehicle. And I’m loving all that snow! It’s currently blazing hot in Arizona.

Anosa Malanga May 30, 2018 - 10:42 am

My cousin has a mitsubishi adventure and he is planning to replace it already since its around seven years. I guess, this would be a perfect one in case he would buy another one.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen May 30, 2018 - 5:53 pm

That car looks and sounds like something that my family needs. Great review!


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