July 22, 2013
The American-made Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has long been a popular choice among savvy car shoppers – the compact crossover is the best-selling vehicle in the Japanese auto manufacturer's varied model lineup – for its smart styling, ample high-tech and luxurious standard equipment features, and all-around tremendous value for the money.
But now consumers have another important reason for choosing this handsome 5-passenger compact crossover as their next vehicle: The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a "Top Safety Pick+" vehicle – one of only two small SUV models tested by the non-profit organization to earn this prestigious distinction.
After receiving many beneficial engineering updates both inside and out of the vehicle just last year, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gains numerous welcome upgrades for the 2014 model year.
New for 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:
Other welcome new additions to the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport include the availability of an LED Daytime Running Lights Package that includes special front corner extensions as well as a new Premium Package for the SE trim level. The latter Premium Package consists of a powerful 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-in. dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE® surround, and Dolby® Volume; a power adjustable driver's seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Comprehensive List of Advanced Safety Features & Technology
Every 2014 Outlander Sport comes equipped with a wide array of key safety features and technologies as part of the fun-to-drive vehicle's standard equipment package.
The vehicle's Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) consists of front air bags with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors; front seat-mounted side impact air bags; curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors; a driver's knee air bag; and 3-point seatbelts for all 5 seating positions with front seat belt pretensions.
Helpful high-tech driving aids include an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA); Traction Control Logic (TCL); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and a brake override system that will slow the vehicle to a complete stop should both the accelerator and brake pedal be engaged at the same time.
The 2014 Outlander Sport also makes use of Mitsubishi Motors' patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell design technology. The RISE body construction assists with energy dissipation to help protect the passenger compartment in the event the car is hit from the side or the rear. RISE also helps to protect the vehicle's occupants by reducing body distortion as well as shielding the fuel system in the event of a rear end collision.
In addition to passenger protection, the 2014 Outlander Sport is designed to help reduce potential injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision as well, thanks to an energy-absorbing front bumper and specially-designed flexible plastic front fenders.
Outlander Sport Drivetrain: Efficiently Capable
Every 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact crossover is powered by a highly fuel-efficient yet capable 148 horsepower DOHC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that possesses a number of technologically advanced features to maximize power production while simultaneously increasing fuel efficiency.
Fuel-saving technologies include a gear shift indicator light (found on models with the 5-speed manual transmission) or a helpful Eco indicator light (CVT-equipped models); Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Engine Control – better known as MIVEC – highly-advanced variable valve-timing system that delivers reduced exhaust emissions as well as improved fuel efficiency; a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum engine block and cylinder head; and specially-designed internal engine components such as smooth-surface camshafts and resin-coated pistons for reduced friction.
Another highly efficient component found beneath the vehicle's hood is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system that helps to save fuel by eliminating the inefficient parasitic drag on the engine induced by a conventional hydraulically-assisted power steering system.
Beyond the engine compartment, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features a highly aerodynamically-efficient low-drag exterior body design that helps to contribute to fuel efficiency.
The ES model of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes equipped with a precision-shifting 5-speed manual transmission as part of this trim level's standard equipment package (the CVT is the standard transmission on the SE trim level 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport).
Vehicles equipped with the advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT) achieve an impressive EPA fuel mileage rating of 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway (2WD) and 24 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (4WD).
Mitsubishi Motors has a long-standing reputation for developing exceptionally capable all-wheel drive systems, so consumers seeking an additional level of traction and off-road performance can opt for the company's available driver-activated electronically-controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) 4WD system on either the upmarket 2014 Outlander Sport SE model or the well-equipped/lower-priced ES version.
Plentiful Standard Features
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport boasts its most comprehensive standard equipment package in the model's history.
These items include eye-catching aluminum alloy wheels with P225/55R18 all-season tires; heated side view mirrors; auto-off halogen headlights; remote keyless entry with panic feature; cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls; air conditioning with pollen filter; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; tilt and telescopic steering wheel; chrome grille surround; anti-theft security alarm system; high-contrast meter with full-color display; and a 140-watt 4 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system featuring a new head unit design for the 2014 model and Mitsubishi Motors' convenient FUSE Hands-Free Link System® with USB port that allows for operation of the audio system, cell phone or iPod® simply by the use of one's voice.
The 2014 Outlander Sport SE trim level supplements all of the included features found on the ES model by adding a plethora of upscale amenities. These include Super-wide beam High-Intensity Discharge (S-HID) headlights with auto off/on activation; automatic climate control; One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; FAST-key passive entry system; heated front seats; rain-sensing wipers; and the aforementioned new-for-2014 model year items including HD Radio®; 6 speaker 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system with rearview camera; and SIRIUSXM® satellite radio with three-month pre-paid subscription.
Every 2014 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 bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited miles roadside assistance program.