While their almost identical names can be confusing, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport are actually two different vehicle models. These two models have many similarities, so it can be difficult to choose between these two models if you’re in the market for a small Mitsubishi SUV.
Make your choice easier; keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport measure up to each other for the 2022 model year.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander comes equipped with a 2.4-L four-cylinder engine that generates 166 horsepower, whereas the 2022 Outlander Sport features a 2.0-L four-cylinder engine that delivers only 148 horsepower—which means the Outlander’s standard engine offers a more powerful performance than that of the Outlander Sport.
However, the 2022 Outlander Sport is also available with the same 2.4-L engine that is featured as standard for the 2022 Outlander. That being said, the 2022 Outlander’s available engine is an even more powerful 3.0-L V6 engine that generates 224 horsepower on the road. Both the Outlander and the Outlander Sport for the 2022 model year come with front-wheel drive as standard but are both available with all-wheel drive as well.
If you want to tow anything, your best choice is probably the 2022 Outlander rather than the 2022 Outlander Sport. While the 2022 Outlander can tow up to 3,500 pounds at one time, no towing at all is recommended for the 2022 Outlander Sport.
Passenger and Cargo Space
In the area of space for passengers and cargo, the classic 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander definitely wins out over the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for the 2022 model year. The 2022 Outlander is a three-row SUV that can seat up to 7 passengers, whereas the 2022 Outlander Sport is a two-row SUV that can seat only 5 passengers at one time.
In terms of cargo space, both the 2022 Outlander and the 2022 Outlander Sport excel in this area—but the 2022 Outlander naturally offers more cargo space, as it is a larger vehicle. The 2022 Outlander boasts up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded flat, whereas the 2022 Outlander Sport offers a still-impressive 49.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats folded flat as well.
Advanced Safety Features
Both the Outlander and the Outlander Sport for the 2022 model year are available with a variety of advanced safety features, including but not limited to automatic high-beam lights, lane change assists, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, and more.
All of these advanced safety features come as standard features for the 2022 Outlander Sport, whereas most of these features are only advertised as available add-on features for the 2022 Outlander.
The 2022 Outlander and the 2022 Outlander Sport are very similar in terms of the tech features they offer—especially when it comes to infotainment.
Both of these Mitsubishi SUVs come standard or are available with touchscreen infotainment displays, smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, a built-in navigation system, and more.
Trim Levels and Pricing
Both the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Outlander Sport are available in several different trim levels for the 2022 model year, each of which has its own features and its own unique price.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander comes in seven different trim levels that include the base-model ES; the mid-tier SE, SE Launch Edition, Black Edition, SEL Special Edition, and SEL; and the top-tier SEL Launch Edition. These 2022 Outlander models are available with starting prices of $27,290 for the ES, $30,340 for the SE, $31,190 for the SE Launch Edition, $31,190 for the Black Edition, $33,140 for the SEL Special Edition, $33,440 for the SEL, and $36,540 for the top-tier SEL Launch Edition—all of these prices include destination charges.
As for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, this SUV offers slightly fewer options for drivers. It is available in five different trim levels—the base-model S, the mid-tier ES, LE, and SE, and the top-tier GT model. In previous model years, the Outlander Sport was available in a Black Edition trim level, but this trim level was discontinued for the 2022 model year—although it is still an option for the classic 2022 Outlander. The starting prices for each trim level of the 2022 Outlander Sport are as follows—$22,640 for the S, $24,640 for the ES, $25,590 for the LE, $26,890 for the SE, and $29,240 for the GT. All of these prices include destination charges.
This means that, for the 2022 model year, the 2022 Outlander Sport is notably more affordable than the 2022 Outlander from Mitsubishi—the starting price for the 2022 Outlander Sport’s base model is almost $5,000 than that of the 2022 Outlander.
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