2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV


2.0L I-4 2.0L I-4 & Two 60kW Electric Motors


148 190

  MPG (City/Highway)

24/30 * 74 MPGe *

  Cargo Space

49.5 cu. ft. 66.6 cu. ft.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Serving New Bern, NC

When you look for your next crossover in the Mitsubishi line, your attention may land squarely on the Outlander. The Outlander is a compact crossover that has been available as a gas-powered vehicle for almost two decades. Its popularity has resulted in the release of a few variations, such as the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV. Our Riverside Mitsubishi associates are standing by to assist you as you explore the differences between these options.


The Outlander Sport is a subcompact crossover SUV, slightly smaller than the Outlander and Outlander PHEV. Under the Outlander Sport’s hood, you will find a MiVEC 2.0-liter engine that produces 148 horsepower in the lower trim levels. Higher trim levels receive 168 horsepower from a 2.4-liter variant. In comparison, the 2020 Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid engine with a range of 310 horsepower. Its fast-charging capabilities enable you to benefit from an 80 percent recharge when you plug it into a DC Fast Charging terminal. Power comes from a 2.0-liter MiVEC engine paired with two electric motors.


Both of these Mitsubishi models have a bold personality that you could easily fall in love with. Like close cousins, they take style lessons from each other. While the Outlander Sport is smaller, these two models have a similar profile with the same bar-themed grille on the front end. The Outlander Sport’s sides have sharper, angled accent lines that flow from the side air vents. The jewel-like headlights are underlined by a thick element that also flares in toward the grille. Stacked foglamps and a skid plate complete the look. On the other hand, the Outlander PHEV has a thin accent line that maintains its horizontal stance across the side doors. The lower foglamps are substantially smaller, and the skid plate on the Outlander Sport is replaced by a metallic accent piece on the lower front fascia.


Their differences continue inside the cabins. The 2021 Outlander Sport has a compact center console with a traditional center stack. This includes rotary knobs on the climate control interface. The 2020 Outlander PHEV links the infotainment system screen and climate controls with the driver’s gauges through a chrome accent piece. This model also has red accent lighting and a sleek center console. Both models are offered with smart device integration, heated seats, USB ports, a digital screen in the instrumentation panel, and a few other shared features.

Our Riverside Mitsubishi auto sales associates want to demonstrate the differences between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV in person. Schedule time to visit our dealership for a closer look at our inventory.

* Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 24 City/30 Highway/27 Combined for Outlander Sport ES, LE, SE 2WD; 23 City/29 Highway/26 Combined for Outlander Sport ES, LE SE 4WD; 23 City/28 Highway/25 Combined for Outlander Sport GT 4WD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: EPA estimated 74 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon equivalent) combined. Actual mileage may vary.