Mitsubishi has promised that every single one of its cars and crossovers will be “either all-new or significantly refreshed” in the next 18 months. And the extensive updating of the Japanese brand’s lineup has begun with the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the brand’s least expensive SUV.
This year the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn’t all-new, but it does receive a significant refresh. Changes include a new exterior design, an updated interior, more in-cabin and safety technology, and — unfortunately — a higher base price. Its engines are unchanged, as are its suspension and available all-wheel drive system. Built in Japan, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport isn’t as sporty as its name applies, but its performance is on par with many of its rivals. It competes in the fast-growing subcompact SUV class against a long list of stylish, fun-to-drive, and fuel-efficient crossovers, including the Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, Nissan Rogue Sport, Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona, and Mazda CX-3.