Mitsubishi, like Suzuki is another underrated brand that we love around here. They were the first ones to show us those ubiquitous audio touch buttons and pedals on the steering wheel, for example, and that was quite some time ago. We’re fans of innovation around here. Frankly, we’d rather drive some of their models than some Hondas we’ve seen.
The Outlander Sport is the scrappy little brother to the full-sized Outlander, with a cool, pug-nosed stance and a smaller interior. Far more stylish than the full-sized, from some angles you’re not sure what size vehicle you’re looking at.
The Outlander Sport SE is only two years old in this configuration. We couldn’t see a lot of difference between it and its predecessor.
We took our Sport SE out east on the 10, past Palm Springs out past Indio, and on out to Joshua Tree. The ride was fun, and comfortable and the Sport SE was surprisingly responsive when we needed to pass one of the innumerable 18-wheelers headed to Phoenix and beyond.
The estimated numbers on the Sport SE go 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on highways, but we’re pretty sure we did a little better than that, holding a steady 68 on Cruise Control.
We like it. Bring on the 2013.