Most significant changes: All models get improved sound insulation, while audio and tech features, as well as interior materials, are upgraded on different trim levels.
Price change: $300 increase across ES and SE trims
On sale: This week
Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? Upgrades to tech and comfort come at a nominal cost, making the 2014 the better value.
Updates last year to Mitsubishi's best-selling model, the Outlander Sport , emphasized what was on the outside as well as under the hood. For 2014 the five-passenger crossover sports new tech and interior touches.
A new audio head unit comes on the ES trim level, while all models get a redesigned steering wheel with audio controls, and the SE trim gets HD Radio. A new engine balancer shaft is standard on all models with a continuously variable transmission, while all models receive improved sound insulation materials. New tech features include a 6.1-inch touch-screen with a backup camera on the SE trim; and a new navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest info and real-time traffic with the SE Touring Package. The SE Touring Package also includes new black-leather seating.
In addition, the new SE Premium Package features a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate premium sound system with nine speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer. The package also boasts a new power adjustable driver seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. In addition, the new LED Daytime Running Lamps Package bundles LED running lights with special front corner extensions.
The returning powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 148 horsepower, 145 pounds-feet of torque and an estimated fuel economy of 24/31 mpg city/highway on the front-wheel-drive version with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Outlander Sport is also available with all-wheel drive, as well as with a five-speed manual transmission.
Arriving at dealerships this week, the 2014 Outlander Sport increases in price by $300 across the ES and SE trim levels, starting at $20,295 (including an $825 destination charge). The SE with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission starts at $24,820, including destination.