After years of false starts, one of Japan’s smaller automakers may be back on the road to relevance in this country with the launch of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Not only does it provide a truly competitive package for today’s buyers, but it also happens to be in the right place at the right time as a made-in-America next-gen vehicle in one of the fastest-growing segments of the industry. Further, it’s one of just two entries in its class to earn the new Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and frankly, the fact that Suzuki has dropped out of the U.S. market can’t hurt either.
Which isn’t to say Mitsubishi is sitting back waiting for customers. In fact, as is becoming the rule instead of the exception in the industry, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be noticeably upgraded for the current selling season even though it’s still a relatively fresh entry.
Thus, engineers have worked to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in the cabin of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, adding an engine balancer shaft and more sound insulation throughout the lineup. The model leading off the roster, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES, also gains a redesigned head unit for its standard 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system. Moving up to the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE, new features include the brand’s latest navigation technology, with a 7.1-inch high-def touchscreen, voice recognition, 3D mapping, real-time traffic updates, and the Mapcare service for cartographical updating.
The SE model also will showcase a new standard audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display and HD Radio, while Black leather seating, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and LED daytime running lights have been added to the vehicle’s various option packages.