#9. Brake energy regeneration system standard on Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Brake regeneration is a common term associated with modern hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV), but the new Outlander Sport will come standard with this technology in an attempt to maximize fuel economy. Unlike this type of system that captures kinetic energy to recharge the batteries in an HEV, the system in the Outlander Sport helps reduce the load on the alternator, which then helps to reduce the load on the engine. This system will be standard on all 2011 Outlander Sport models, and it should operate unnoticeable to the drive.
Other attempts to improve the Outlander Sport's fuel economy include electric power steering, a re-engineered engine with smoother internal components and an "Eco" light on the gauge cluster to encourage more responsible driving. In the end, the front-wheel drive version of the Outlander Sport gets an EPA estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway while the four-wheel drive models get an estimated 24 mpg city and 29 mpg highway - numbers that are still better than some FWD competitors.