A-List Rides: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a practical budget SUV that really feels more like a crossover vehicle with its still-more-sedan-build body.

I decided to put the Outlander Sport on the road and see how it did when a me and two friends took a road trip to Norfolk, Virginia for a dinner party with some college friends. We packed up the SUV with all of our luggage, snacks and bottles of water and set out to conquer that three-plus hours drive.

While the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn’t the most powerful car, it was a steady quiet ride on both 95 South and Interstate 64 as we drove from Washington, DC to the heart of Hampton Roads, VA. The drive was smooth and except for a few times when I was hoping for big acceleration, it coasted wonderfully down the busy highways.

Mitzubishi Outlander 3It’s ample cup holders (both up front and in the back) gave us plenty of storage space for drinks, snacks and miscellaneous things we had traveling with us. And its voice-activated electronics interface made sure there was no distracted driving whatsoever. There were also steering wheel audio controls across the lineup and a new touch-screen audio system with HD radio on the SE model I had.

Speaking of the SE model, it includes foglights, a second-row armrest with center pass-through, keyless entry/ignition, automatic climate control, automatic wipers, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats, a sliding armrest between the front seats and several other offerings you can see in the inside look video below.

The car had a Mitsubishi’s 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). It was a respectable amount of power, particularly for those not looking for extreme speeds when traveling. It also has a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque.

Mitzubishi Outlander 2The vehicle also has standard safety features like the antilock disc brakes, side-impact airbags for front seat occupants, side curtain airbags that cover both rows, hill start assist, traction control and stability control, and a driver-side knee airbag.

By the time we returned after our two-day road trip to Norfolk, I had to make sure I get the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport washed before the manufacturer picked it up. It was the first time I had to do that, but three guys on the road can be quite the sloppy trio.[divider]

Spin Control: With an average stick price of about $14,000, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a basic vehicle and just what you pay for.

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WATCH: Check out the inside look into the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport below.

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