Rated as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick" and manufactured at Mitsubishi Motors North America's plant in Normal, Illinois, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander (starting MSRP of $19,595) offers dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment.
New for 2015: More Powerful Outlander Sport 2.4 ES and GT
New to the 2015 Outlander Sport model lineup are the 2.4 ES and 2.4 GT trim levels that are powered by a larger displacement 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine that produces 20 more horsepower (168 bhp) over the standard 2.0-liter engine's output. 2WD fuel economy ratings are 23 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. 4WD fuel economy rating is 23 mpg city / 26 mpg highway / 24 mpg combined.
In addition to the more powerful engine, the 2.4 ES includes a distinctive looking black center bumper with the package, while the 2.4 GT adds a power driver's seat, outside mirrors with LED turn indicators, aluminum pedals, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, black roof rails.
Other New for 2015 design/feature updates include:
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes equipped with the following standard features:
Platform and Drivetrain – Sublime Engineering
A poised, comfortable ride and excellent maneuverability are always assured, thanks to the 2015 Outlander Sport's well-engineered suspension system that consists of MacPherson struts with stabilizer bar up front and a multi-link set-up with stabilizer bar at the rear of the vehicle.
Moreover, for the 2015 model year, the capable MIVEC variable valve-timing-equipped 148 horsepower DOHC 2.0-liter-based drivetrain receives numerous design and engineering enhancements.
Performance gets a boost from a next-generation continuously-variable transmission that now mimics a 7-speed automatic transmission. Not only does it provide better response, performance from a standing start, and a more unified feeling of acceleration, 2015 Outlander Sport models equipped with this CVT unit benefit from improved fuel economy at an estimated 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway/28 mpg combined (2.0-liter engine/2WD models) and 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/27 mpg combined (2.0-liter engine/4WD models)*, making the 2015 Outlander Sport one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
Other changes under the hood of the 2015 Outlander Sport include the fitment of a smaller oil pump and reduced oil volume through the implementation of low viscosity engine oil.
Beyond the engine compartment, Mitsubishi Motors' handsome 5-passenger compact crossover/SUV features an aerodynamically- efficient low-drag exterior body design that helps to contribute to fuel efficiency, as do other gas-saving technologies including a helpful ECO (CVT-equipped models) or a gearshift indicator light (5-speed manual-equipped vehicles) that lets the driver know when they are driving at their most efficient, along with a more efficient Electric Power Steering (EPS) system that helps reduce fuel consumption by eliminating the parasitic drag on the engine that comes from a conventional hydraulically-assisted power steering.
Additional design improvements for the 2015 model year Outlander Sport include thicker front door glass and new sound insulation for the rear quarter panel section of the vehicle, leading to a reduction in the level of noise, vibration and/or harshness (NVH) experienced by the vehicle's occupants.
Rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick" in 2014 or higher the previous three model years, every 2015 Outlander Sport model comes equipped with a plethora of important safety features and technologies: Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA); Traction Control Logic (TCL); a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and a seven (7) air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front air bags with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors.
An additional layer of occupant protection is afforded by Mitsubishi Motors' the advanced Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) patented safety cell body construction system that absorbs energy to help provide protection to the vehicle's occupants. This RISE safety structure technology is engineered into every vehicle in Mitsubishi Motors' product lineup.
Furthermore, an available rearview camera system is also offered and provides additional piece-of-mind and awareness of one's surroundings when backing up the vehicle.
Every 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with a generous warranty that includes a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, a completely transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited miles roadside assistance program.
With its low price, outstanding fuel economy, distinctive styling, excellent safety rating and Mitsubishi Motors' outstanding comprehensive warranty, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the stand-out vehicle values in the small SUV/crossover segment.
*Preliminary estimated fuel economy numbers pending final determination by the EPA.