It was somewhere between the little man wearing a sombrero relieving himself on a Saguaro cactus and the cow in the road who we narrowly missed (more later) that I realized we were in a different country. Baja California, Mexico is a very unique place, though areas (such as lovely Cabo San Lucas) manage to offer most of the same conveniences of the U.S of A. I thought it fitting then that Mitsubishi invited us down there to drive the new Outlander Sport. A vehicle that much like Baja California, isn't radically different, but offers an experience that is completely its own.
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Rear" width="293" height="220" align="right" hspace="4" vspace="4" />The compact crossover market is still rather small. I find the segment a compelling solution for people who want the functionality and versatility of an SUV or hatchback, with the comfort and fuel economy of a sedan. They also tend to be rather fun to drive, so I won't complain. The Outlander Sport is a new offering from Mitsubishi, looking quite a bit like the full-size Outlander that had some of its back end lobbed off. It's actually smaller than it looks, which isn't really a bad thing in this case.
The best part of vehicles as of late has been interior accoutrements, and the Outlander Sport doesn't disappoint. The interior has a noticeably sporty feeling, with deep recessed gauges, a thick steering wheel, and swept-back dash. It's spacious with plenty of front head room, and a perfectly comfortable rear seat. Leg room was tight behind the front seats, but it was by no means cramped, and you could easily tote yourself and three buddies on a mountain bike trip. There'd even be room for the bikes on top and all of your gear in the back. The rear seats effortlessly fold flat for when you need to accommodate your weekend project or a Costco run. I quite liked the usefulness of such a small vehicle.