By our unofficial count, we’ve driven nine compact and midsize sport-utility vehicles in the past year. With the exception of the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, every one of them cost more than last week's test-drive subject, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. There was nary a BMW, Cadillac or Mercedes-Benz in the mix – just ordinary American, Japanese and Korean models.
Superficially, the Mitsubishi seems a good choice. Our white Sport GT, equipped with the 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine, continuously variable automatic transmission and Mitsubishi's all-wheel-control system, had a sticker price of $28,245. It’s a nice-looking crossover with a long standard-features list, good fuel economy of up to 27 mpg, and a 100,000-mile power-train warranty.