The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received a refresh for 2016, with updates to its style inside and out and the addition of a new 6.1-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system. There are five trim levels, each with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel control and two engine choices. The smaller 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is offered only on the base model while the rest of the lineup gets the more powerful 2.4-liter.
Our test model was Sport 2.4 SEL AWC which sits near the top of the lineup with only the sporty GT boasting more features. It had their most fully-featured infotainment system with only a few items available as options.
- 6.1-inch touchscreen display
- 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 with 6 speakers
- SiriusXM with 3-month subscription
- Digital HD Radio
- Fuse hands-free Link System with Bluetooth
- Steering-wheel audio controls
- One USB port
- Two 12-volt outlets
That’s not a long list for what is one of the highest trim levels of the Outlander Sport that you can buy. It’s rather basic, without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and a small touchscreen.
The system itself is easy to use, partly due to its simplicity. If you’re looking for an infotainment system that has every last feature, then you’ll be disappointed. Most people, however, don’t use even half of what the fancy systems offer. You’ll find the Outlander Sport has exactly what you end up using without unnecessary extras.
If you’re an audiophile, the options are limited. The base system has four speakers while higher trims include six speakers, but a truly upgraded system is only available on the GT. It comes standard with a Rockford Fosgate premium sound system with 9 speakers and subwoofer.
You also won’t find navigation standard on any trim level, not even on the GT. It is, however, available as an option on every trim and includes a larger 7-inch high definition touchscreen, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare with two annual map updates.
That’s likely something most people want as navigation is becoming a must-have. Few people break out a paper map these days and using your phone, which is a great backup, requires somehow mounting it to the dash, which is inconvenient. Adding navigation will bump up your price by $1,800, so it doesn’t come cheap.
Mitsubishi isn’t in the business of building luxury cars. They build cars that the average person can afford. As a result, you won’t find the fanciest of technology in the Outlander Sport and even getting navigation means adding on a pricey package.
That’s okay, because the Outlander Sport’s base system offers the basics while keeping the price down. It’s a great choice for buyers on a tight budget who don’t mind a system without all the bells and whistles.