A profile view of a white 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2018 Kia Niro

Despite the efficient and nimble nature of compact crossover SUVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, there is still a lot of variation in what these vehicles can have equipped. To help customers slog through the voluminous amounts of research required to buy a new vehicle, the staff at Spitzer Mitsubishi has helped out a bit by doing an objective side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2018 Kia Niro. For the new model year, Mitsubishi engineers have done a lot of hard work to make the 2018 Outlander Sport even more competitive in its tightly-packed industry segment. In addition to getting an advanced infotainment system, the new Mitsubishi crossover SUV also has refreshed front and rear elements.

One of the most glaring differences between the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and 2018 Kia Niro comes in looking at the drivetrains of the two vehicles. Having a crossover SUV with front-wheel-drive is pretty common these days – and both the new Outlander Sport and Niro fit this category. However, drivers may need a little extra piece of mind when tackling winter driving conditions. To meet this need, the 2018 Outlander Sport offers all-wheel-drive as an option on all four available trim grades. Additionally, every trim grade of the 2018 Outlander Sport is well-stocked with standard features including cruise control, automatic climate control and a rearview camera. The top-of-the-line SEL also comes with a premium sound system.

 

 

 

2018 Outlander Sport Vs. 2018 Kia Niro
2.0-liter, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.6-L, 4-Cyl., Hybrid
148/145 Horsepower/Torque 139/195
Five-speed manual Transmission Six-speed automatic
FWD or AWD Avail. Drivetrain FWD

 

Performance Specs: 2018 Outlander Sport vs. 2018 Niro

Unlike its Kia Niro rival, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a pair of efficient and capable four-cylinder engines to choose from. Buyers choose the ES or LE versions will be getting a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The upper SE and SEL versions have a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood. A five-speed manual transmission is used as standard equipment; however, a continuously variable transmission can be added as an option. By comparison, the 2018 Kia Niro only has one option, a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder making just 139 horsepower. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is currently available for sale or lease in the Spitzer Mitsubishi showroom.

A front view of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in front of a garage door
A photo of a left quarter view of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

An interior view of the driver's cockpit of the 2018 Outlander Sport including the infotainment system and center gauge cluster
A close up photo of the touchscreen interface of the 2018 Outlander Sport

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