2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (ES, SE) review, specifications, photos, features

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An all-new vehicle added to Mitsubishi's model lineup just last year, the sensible Outlander Sport has been a stunning sales success for the Japanese auto manufacturer.

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And for the 2012 model year - in just its second year of existence - the Outlander Sport will see a number of engineering improvements made to make this popular compact crossover even better.

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These changes include:

Improving engine noise isolation on all models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
Recalibration of the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) for improved acceleration response and feeling.
Adding new chrome accents to the gauge cluster surround and some of the center console controls on SE trim level vehicles.
A new 16-inch wheel cover design (ES model); new 18-inch alloy wheel design (SE model); incorporating a rearview camera display into the rearview mirror for the Premium package available on the SE model vehicle.
An up-shift indicator light for efficient vehicle operation on ES models equipped with the five-speed manual transmission.

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Every 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport model is engineered with fuel-conserving technologies including Electric Power Steering (EPS), a higher-efficiency alternator and a wind tunnel-tested body design that provides the best aerodynamic performance in its class.

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The entry-level front-wheel drive 2012 Outlander Sport ES is available with either a refined 5-speed manual transmission or the advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Standard features include a 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with four speakers; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; rear LED combination tail lights; intermittent rear wiper; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; magnesium-alloy paddle shifters (CVT-equipped cars only) and advanced dynamic systems including Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA).

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The Outlander Sport SE boasts essentially all of the ES-level trim features but adds sumptuous amenities including the FUSE Handsfree Link System™ that allows voice-activated operation of the audio system and a cell phone; Super-wide beam High-Intensity Discharge (S-HID) headlights; 18-inch alloy wheels; One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; automatic climate control; and the FAST-key passive entry system.

The Outlander Sport SE is available with either 2WD or with a driver-selected, electronically-controlled 4WD system - the same all-wheel drive system found on the Mitsubishi Outlander mid-sized crossover vehicle.

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In addition to the aforementioned Active Stability Control (ASC) with Hill Start Assist (HSA), all 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models include anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Traction Control Logic (TCL); and an advanced front air bag SRS with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with role-over sensors.

All 2012 Outlander Sport models are powered by a fuel-efficient 148 horsepower DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant equipped with Mitsubishi's advanced MIVEC variable valve-timing technology and achieves an impressive EPA-rated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway.

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As a customer convenience, every 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sold will have a full tank of gas at the time the customer takes delivery of their new vehicle at the dealership.

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Key Specifications

Wheelbase: 105.1 in.
Length: 169.1 in.
Height: 64.2 in.
Width: 69.7 in.
Engine: DOHC MIVEC 2.0-liter l4
Horsepower: 148 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual or Sportronic® continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with steering column mounted paddle shifters
Dynamics: Anti-Lock Brake System w/ Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) and Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Wheels: 16 x 6.4 in. (ES) or 18 x 7 in. (SE) aluminum alloy
Maximum Tires: 215/70R16 (ES) or 225/55R18 (SE) all-season radials
2WD Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway
4WD Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway

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Major Standard Features:

Air conditioning with pollen filter
Steering column mounted magnesium alloy paddle shifters (CVT only)
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Chrome grille surround
FUSE Handsfree Link System with USB port.
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Active Stability Control (ASC)
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Brake Override
Heated outside mirrors
Advanced front air bag SRS with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors
Driver knee airbag
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
60/40 split folding and reclining high-back rear seats
Remote keyless entry with panic feature
High-contrast gauge meters with full-color LCD Multi-Information Display
Rear LED combination tail lamps
Cruise control with steering-wheel mounted controls
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
6-way manually adjustable driver's seat
Power door locks and side view mirrors
Power windows with driver's one-touch up/down
Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
Two 12-volt power outlets
ECO drive indicator lamp
Engine immobilizer

SE adds over ES:

Super-wide beam High-Intensity-Discharge (S-HID) headlights
FAST-key passive entry system
One-touch Start System (OSS)
Heated front seats (4WD only)
18" alloy wheels
Automatic Climate Control
Fog lamps with chrome surround
Large floor console with slide center armrest
Automatic rain-sensing wipers
Chrome tailpipe outlet
Rear center armrest
Illuminated visor vanity mirrors
6-speaker audio system

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Outlander Sport Options:

Premium Package adds: Panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED mood lighting, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with camera system, roof rails, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with free 3-months subscription and 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® audio system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch® control, In-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 compatible changer, digital signal processor, 3-band equalization and speed compensated volume.

Exterior Sport Package adds: Rear spoiler, front corner extensions, rear diffuser garnish, front chrome lower garnish and aluminum-alloy fuel door.

Interior Package adds: Piano black audio and shift panel overlay, aluminum and leather combination shift knob.

Illumination LED Package adds: LED interior room lamps, LED floor and tailgate lamps.

Protection Package adds: Aluminum scuff plates, tailgate protector, rear bumper guard and mudguards.

Cargo Package adds: Reversible carpet/rubber cargo mat, cargo net, cargo shelf board.

Navigation w/Rearview Camera adds: 40GB HDD Navigation with Music server and Real-Time Traffic (RDS), rearview camera monitor.

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