Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 GT AWC

By Paul Riegler on 6 May 2020
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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – which should not be confused with the Mitsubishi Outlander (yes, I know) was first introduced in 1991 as the RVR, which stands for Recreation Vehicle Runner, in its home market of Japan and was sold in the United States under several Chrysler nameplates between 1992 and 1996 including the Plymouth Vista Colt wagon.

Now in its third generation – after a hiatus between 2002 and 2010 – the vehicle is marketed as the RVR in Japan and Canada, as the ASX in multiple markets including in Europe, China, Latin America, and South Africa, and as the Outlander Sport in the United States and Indonesia.

While not bad for a car launched in 2010, which is when the current generation was launched, unlike a fine wine, it has not aged well, and has been updated four times since then.

Mitsubishi’s slogan for the car – “Ruggedly Reimagined” – is rather spot on.  Our Sunshine Orange Metallic Outlander Sport arrived on a cool February morning and it looked nothing if not rugged; moreover, the orange-metallic color makes it stand out from the crowd.

The Outlander Sport comes standard with Apple CarPlay (as well as Android Auto), there are numerous gewgaws, but in hindsight, it’s the gewgaws that serve to divert you from the fact that the car is approaching its expiration date and should get more than a refresh.

For 2020,the Mitsu got sharper lines, a new front and rear look including a new front fascia with the manufacturer’s good looking “Dynamic Shield” design language as well as a carbon-style front grille.  GT models come with GT-specific black and silver accents, power body colored retractable side mirrors, GT-specific badging, a rear spoiler, and LED taillights.

Click here to continue to Page 2Driving the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

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