2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (RVR)

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander also known as the Mitsubishi RVR (starting MSRP of $19,595) offers dynamic styling and excellent value in the 5-passenger compact crossover segment. The 2015 Outlander Sports model lineups 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 centre 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.

Platform and Drivetrain – Sublime Engineering

A poised, comfortable ride and excellent manoeuvrability 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. The 2015 Outlander Sport model is 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.

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. Other gas-saving technologies include a helpful ECO (CVT-equipped models) or a gearshift indicator light (5-speed manual-equipped vehicles.) These features enable the driver to 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 with a conventional hydraulically assisted power steering.

Comprehensive Safety/Warranty

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 Sports model comes equipped with a plethora of important safety features and technologies. These features include 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. As well as a seven (7) air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with front airbags with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors.

- Mitsubishi Media

CarAndTruck.caAug. 19, 2016