Mitsubishi has announced that pricing for the new Outlander Sport will begin at $19,275 including a destination charge of $780.

That "under $20,000" price buys a front-wheel drive ES with a five-speed manual transmission and 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, seven airbags, hill start assist, and the FUSE hands-free technology that eases hands-free phone calls and changing the track playing on your iPod.

The manual transmission is only available on the base model; opting for the CVT adds $1500 and 16-inch alloy wheels. For comparison, a 2010 Outlander starts at $21,620.

A front-wheel drive SE model will cost $22,475. You can choose all-wheel drive for $1300 more and both SEs have 18-inch alloy wheels and HID headlights. A number of luxuries are available with various packages on the SE AWD. The Premium Package includes a panoramic glass roof, a 710-watt sound system with nine speakers, and more.

Mitsubishi's navigation system with Real-Time Traffic is available on the ES and SE, but only an SE AWD can add the rearview camera system and an auxiliary video input jack.

On all trim levels, LED mood lighting is available as well as an exterior package that enhances the Outlander Sport with a rear spoiler, rear diffuser garnish, some chrome trim in the front, and an alunimum-alloy fuel door reminiscent of the one on the Eclipse (remember the Eclipse?).

An SE NAVI, with all-wheel drive, will cost $27,575.

Now that you know the price ranges of the small Outlander Sport, would you consider purchasing it over a Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, or Ford Escape?

Source: Mitsubishi