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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

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The other day I started noticing the leaves on the trees were beginning to change color. I was finding a lot more leaves floating around in our little backyard pool. Could summer really be over already? The last couple weeks the weather has started getting cold and cruddy again, but this past week, the sun started shining again and I knew we had to hit the beach! We packed up the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and hit the road!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

The thing about the beach here in Oregon is that it’s consistently 20 degrees cooler than where we live, about an hour away. So you have to plan your beach outings for days when its 80-90 degrees at home (which is fine with me, because we don’t have central air at home!). We decided to load up the Outlander and head for the coast with a picnic lunch.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

The Outlander Sport is roomy, comfortable for long drives. Usually on a drive to the coast my rear end will start going numb about halfway through. But this was a wonderful adventure for all of us. The panoramic glass roof allowed the sun to shine in through the trees on the snaking, scenic drive to the coast. Starting at $19,595 the Outlander Sport has so many features including rear camera, heated front seats, 6’1 touch panel infotainment system, and of course the famous Mitsubishi 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

Photo credit to Mr. Frugality who took this shot while I was driving.

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When we approached the beach, I suddenly got nervous. The beach we go to in Pacific City is HUGE but its not well known, so there’s a little turn off right from the main road and suddenly you are ON the beach. Like, you actually drive on sand.

The last time I went to this beach, our car got stuck in the sand. I went alone, and thankfully a nice family with 3 teenage sons happened to be walking by and offered to help push me out.

Cars get stuck in the sand on this beach ALL. THE. TIME. Even big trucks.

So as I flipped my blinker on to make the turn, my palms got sweaty. Would the Outlander Sport be able to traverse soft beach sand without getting stuck?

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

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Yes.

Oh Yes.

Without even batting an eye.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

We sat and ate our picnic lunch beneath the tailgate and watched people digging their vehicles out with plastic shovels. We watched people swear and sweat and curse as their relaxing beach day turned into a massive pain in the butt.

When it came time to leave, the Outlander Sport glided through the sand like it was nothing at all. I was completely amazed. I have never owned an all wheel drive vehicle so I was literally blown away at how well it drove (and handled) through the powdery sand! The Active Stability Control shifts power between the wheels if one starts to slip and activates the anti-lock braking system to help you maintain absolute control.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

With 5 seats and lots of cargo space, we could bring lots of people (and all their stuff) to the beach! And with 31 highway miles per gallon (24 city) we can get there without spending a fortune on gas.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

Some of the features we loved on this vehicle:

  • Rain-sensing wipers (not a must-have, but awesome when you live in the second-rainiest state in the US like we do!)
  • Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction
  • 7 airbag safety system
  • 2.4L or 2.0L Mivec engine
  • CVT transmission (on select models) for better efficiency, acceleration and responsiveness.
  • Premium Rockford Fosgate® Punch sound system

We really loved the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. In fact, I think it might be my favorite Mitsubishi so far! Then again, I am a bit biased because I do like the compact/crossover SUV style.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT was SUCH a fun ride. Sporty and stylish with enough room and safety features to be the perfect family vehicle. Great gas mileage and the price is fantastic! #DriveMitsubishi #DriveShop

Speaking of which, be sure you check out all my Mitsubishi reviews here and be sure to check back next week for my review of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander!

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What do you think of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport GT?

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Chris Hall

Saturday 17th of September 2016

My wife and I just rented an Outlander Sport 2.0 to see if we wanted to buy one as my new Daily Driver. We live in Sandy Eggo part time and Phx. part time. We rented it in SD and drove to see family in Phx last week. I really liked it! A few thoughts..... Not nearly powered enough to compete with its competition. The CVT tranny is a bit annoying. Would take getting used to. All my cars have standard transmissions, so I like to "feel" a car shift! The CVT however, worked like a champ going through the mountain passes outside SD on the way to Phx. Also, as you mentioned in your review...NO butt soreness or leg fatigue in the whole 5 hour drive BOTH ways!! Perhaps my biggest complaint is the lack of road feel through the steering. Plus along with that is the soft suspension, considering its marketed as a "Sport".

Overall however, I'm giving a purchase serious consideration, and have plans to visit a Mitsubishi stealership sometime next week! I would have to have the larger 2.4 motor, although it's only an 18 HP bump from the 2.0. The newly faclifted front end is pleasing to the eye and looks a lot less like a "Tuner" car that these kids all drive today, LOL! I am after all 55 yrs young!

Thanks for the write up!

penguinsangel

Friday 12th of August 2016

Hey now that beautiful car is blocking the beautiful view ;) I am so glad it handled so well on the sand! Its such a cute little car and I am blown away on the cargo space.