Luckily, raw performance isn't the Outlander Sport's selling point. Mitsubishi is instead aiming at value shoppers, offering a lot of content for a little money. Standard features include Bluetooth, USB audio inputs, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, power everything, and Fuse, a Ford Sync-like voice-control technology. Options include navigation, a monster Rockford Fosgate stereo with satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, HID headlights, and heated front seats.

The value proposition comes in the pricing. Though not finalized, the base Outlander Sport is expected to come in under $19,000, putting it ahead of most of the competitive set. Up-market SE models like our tester should start under $23,000 and a fully loaded model is expected to top out at $26,500, just $2500 more than a base Volkswagen Tiguan. Are the savings and features enough to make up for the lackluster performance? We'll have to have a comparison test and find out.

Base price $22,800 (est)
Price as tested $26,500 (est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door, SUV
Engine 2.0L/148-hp/145-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl I-4
Transmission cont. variable auto
Curb weight (f/r dist) 3362 lb (58 / 42%)
Wheelbase 105.1 in
Length x width x height 169.1 x 69.7 x 64.2 in
0-60 mph 10.1 sec
Quarter mile 17.7 sec @ 78.4 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 125 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.76 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 28.9 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 24 / 29 mpg (est)
CO2 emissions 0.75 lb/mile (est)
On sale in U.S. October 2010