My GF seems to really have the hots for this vehicle now. She saw a blue one on the highway recently and it looks like a sized up version of her Mirage. I know they are likely a very different vehicle but the appearance/styling is quite similar. I swear she was on the verge of wanting to trade in the Mirage for one of these when having the airbag recall done at the dealer and I talked her out of it. This is coming from the person who thought the Kia Rio was too large of a car and wanted something smaller so ended up with the Mirage. I told her the mileage on the Outlander Sport isn’t really bad for a vehicle of its size but isn’t going to come close to the Mirage which was one reason she picked that car.
I told her if we ever won the lottery, this could be the first thing she gets, but otherwise, it isn’t something she really needs. This isn’t exactly the best financial plan either but we only buy like one ticket per drawing and it has to be over $300 million for us to even consider it. We did splurge and buy like 5 tickets when Powerball was up to 1.4 billion or whatever but that was nothing compared to people dumping hundreds of dollars on the things at that time. You could tell the clerks were sick of seeing lottery tickets. Anyway, I know there is nothing rational about lottery tickets but spending $2 on a lottery ticket once in a blue moon seems like a better option that another larger car payment for her. If by some 1 in 292 million chance we won the lottery, blowing money on an un-needed car this inexpensive would be no biggie.
I looked up reviews on the Outlander Sport, including some on this site, and it looks like a basic reliable vehicle and a good value if you can sacrifice some of the luxury features found on many of the new cars these days. It gets a good safety rating, etc. but is considered “dated” for the lack of some modern features. I know she personally doesn’t like the touch screens, etc. so the “dated” reviews of the car might be a feature for her.
One interesting thing about these is that they are one of the few SUVs/crossovers offered these days with a manual transmission option. The only issue is that they only offer this as a total stripper in FWD only with the smallest 2.0L engine option. A FWD SUV is just a “grocery getter” if you ask me. This also comes in AWD with the larger 2.4 engine which all the reviews suggested getting. This doesn’t look like a bad car for $24,000 which is what one with these upgrades cost. This does come with the CVT transmission option.
It was funny when I asked the service dept. about the overall reliability of Mitsubishi while waiting for the recall to be performed. He said they were a change the oil and drive them type of car, especially compared to VW and Porsche, the other two brands sold there. I have to say I find it pretty funny seeing Mirages, which are one of the cheapest cars available, parked next to $140,000+ Porsches.